Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Excel on the Cloud

As any technophile knows, The Cloud is the Major Buzz these days. It seems that everyone is scrambling to say, "Me Too" in their quest to capture your traffic and business via cloud-based apps or, as with Microsoft's Office 2013, span both traditional approaches and the cutting edge.

My current favorite Cloud Solution is indeed supplied by the venerable Microsoft. By placing your Excel workbooks on SkyDrive, they can be shared (at your discretion) with the world. All you need to do is go to your SkyDrive, right-click the document, and then click Share. Type the email address of the person you want to share the workbook with, and Bamm! Done!

But Wait! What makes it Really Cool in this instance is that the other parties with whom you are sharing Do Not even have to have Excel on their computer! That Totally Rocks!

Other favorites include the iPad Numbers app. Workbooks created or edited in Numbers can be converted to the Excel format, and shared on iTunes, DropBox, and other cloud-based facilities.

Google Docs is also hugely adaptive and beneficial for anyone (or any organization) who is on a budget, and still wants reasonably high functionality and ease of collaboration.

So, what about me, am I personally Truly embracing the mobile world and the cloud? Well, as an evidenced by this week's blog which I have written entirely on an iPad while awaiting an appointment, yeah, I guess you could say that I am!

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

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