Cloud Computing: Apple`s iCloud.com Now Live, Kicking Off Cupertino Cloud Push
Here is the log-in screen of the iCloud.com beta Website, which currently is open only to developers.
With Apples cloud, users will have the ability to upload any documents from Apples productivity software (including Pages and Numbers), and have that same document appear on their other Apple devices.
Here is a look at Apples cloud syncing at work.
With iCloud, users will be able to see all their downloaded applications in the purchase history section of the application store. They can be downloaded again at no additional cost.
Apples e-books (or iBooks, as the company likes to call them) work in a similar way as the applications, with iCloud giving users the ability to download their texts to any of their devices. Bookmarks, notes and highlighting likewise carry between all the editions on all devices.
Make a change to your calendar on one device, and iCloud will make that change across all devices.
Apples iCloud will also sync contacts, sidestepping the need to connect a device to a Mac or PC in order to keep its contact list updated.
The iCloud.com portal will offer access to email, calendar and other productivity features.
Apple intends to leverage its substantial market presence in hardware, software and media to make iCloud workand compete effectively against cloud offerings from Google and Amazon.com.
Apple plans to make syncing music between devices an easy (i.e., automatic) process.