Microsoft has been around for 35 years and dominated the desktop for most of that time. Google’s goal isn’t to dominate the desktop, because they don’t care what kind of computer you use. With their new cloud-based operating system, Chrome, everything you do takes place online.

This can be good and bad. It’s good if you like to turn on a machine and instantly be online. You won’t need anti-virus programs or other maintenance stuff; because everything you use will be updated for you.  It’s bad if your Internet connection goes down or slows to a crawl. A new book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Google Chrome & Chrome OS,” by Paul McFedries, $17 from idiotsguides.com, sorts it all out.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for the new Chrome operating system to use this book. It’s just as good a guide to the online services Google already offers, such as word processing, slideshows and spreadsheets. We use Google Docs for anything important, since once it’s in the cloud, we can find it from any computer, no matter where we are. We use folder options to keep everything organized. Click “Create new” to start a new presentation, drawing, form, spreadsheet or folder. Click “from template” to start with something someone else has designed.

One Response to “HEADS IN THE CLOUDS”

  1. Google is a great option for some users, but may come down to personal choice for some. There could be calendar syncing limitations, causing you to manage two inboxes as well as formatting issues with documents. Before deciding on Google, take a look at the article, “Learn about five areas to consider before you rely on Google Apps for your business”: http://smb.ms/Outreachdv5zaE (Send me a request and I’ll e-mail the whitepaper directly).

    Jodi E.
    Microsoft SMB Outreach Team