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Cloud 101: Are You a PC, Mac or Cloud?
By TechUniverse
When we talk about a computers local operating system (OS) today, were usually talking about Mac OSX or Microsoft Windows (or increasingly, Linux). An OS is basically the software that tells your computer how to run and how to appear. Every computer has one. Now, however, cloud computing gives you another option: the cloud OS. A cloud OS is designed to run within your Web browser, which means that it and all your programs and data live on the Internet rather than locally on your computers hard drive. In fact, everything comes from the cloud: your screens appearance, the applications you use and the files you create and save. Because all your data lives on the Internet, you can log onto your ?computer from any online device -- a tablet, laptop, PC or even a smartphone -- using just a Web browser. The benefit of going with a cloud OS is that youll naturally use other applications via the cloud too, so your data is always available and you wont lose it if, for example, your hard drive crashes. However, youll need to be online to access your ?computer, so you need Web access wherever you want to use it. Read More

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