This week in class one of the things we looked at is SaaS (Software as a Service) in the cloud, so I want to talk about something related to that in my blog today. Software as a Service is software that is licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted. It’s also referred to as software “on demand”.
Almost a year ago, I got a new laptop. The new laptop presented me with some changes. I had to get used to Windows 8. (I still don’t like it!) I needed to find a productivity suite to replace my version of MS Office. (No disk drive on my computer meant I couldn’t install my old software!).
I was surprised to learn that Office 365 (the newest product offering) was a subscription service “in the cloud”. I couldn’t even just install it and own it. I’m still not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I didn’t have to shell out a huge chunk of money for the program. On the other hand, I don’t “own” the software.
I do like Microsoft 365. I like it a lot. I like the fact that while it’s “on demand”, I can still access it on my desktop without having to go through a browser. I also like that it plays well with many other programs that I use, like my screen recording software program. It seems to integrate easily with a lot of cloud based services as well, it’s easy to insert a YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation for example.
But I have a confession. I don’t use it exclusively. I find myself spending a lot of time using the Google Drive products because many of my business associates do not own Office and it’s easier to share files if they are on the same platform. The plus side, I can upload an Office document into Google Drive and convert it to Google’s format.
It’s nice to know that there are free cloud based products available as well. It makes sharing things with friends and co-workers much easier. Not to mention, having cloud storage is in the same place as your software makes things pretty handy. What is your favorite Productivity Software? Have you switched to a Software as a Service product yet?
Here’s an article that talks about several of the productivity suites that are offered in the cloud if you are still searching for a product to meet your needs: http://www.technologyguide.com/feature/cloud-services-roundup-the-most-popular-cloud-office-suites-for-businesses/