Ever since the advent of the cloud, it’s become an essential working tool: whether sending emails or managing documents, the cloud makes mobile working and document backups easier and saves time. Here’s our selection of essential apps for working in the cloud in optimal conditions.
Google’s ultra-versatile cloud solution has been available since 2012. Google Drive allows you to store files and work directly with Google’s office suite (Google Doc, Google Sheets, Google Slide, Google Forms, compatible with Office) across all your digital devices. Everything is accessible via your Google account, which also means you can manage your photos in the cloud with Google Photos. The service comes with 15GB of storage which includes emails archived on Gmail, which can be extended to 30 TB! All the Google services communicate with each other in the cloud, making it easier to switch back and forward between documents.
According to Dropbox, over 500 million people use its eponymous app. Launched in 2008, Dropbox allows you to share and store files securely in the cloud from any web browser, on a PC, tablet or smartphone. The basic free offer includes 50GB of storage; professional users, meanwhile, can opt for Dropbox Pro, a paid subscription that offers more extensive, secure, powerful services (for around €8.25/month). This version also includes admin support and tools.
Hubic is a cloud solution by French hosting provider OVH. This easy-to-use app offers 25 GB of free storage, and if that’s not enough, you can get 100 GB for €10 a year, and 10TB for €50/year. The data is hosted at OVH’s secure data centres in France using SSL protocol. Hubic is thus subject to France’s rigorous data protection and privacy legislation. The files stored on Hubic can of course be shared and are automatically synced across all devices. OVH also provides permanent maintenance of its data centres and network infrastructure, and all its critical equipment is backed up.
Microsoft offers OneDrive to Office 365 subscribers for PC and Mac, who can enjoy 15 GB free storage, either via their PC or using the OneDrive app on their smartphone or tablet. Its main advantage is that it includes Office Online, meaning you can work on documents directly in the cloud, and the real-time co-authoring features means you can other people’s changes to documents as they happen. With the latest version which was released on 6th October you can create Office documents directly via the app.
Mega offers a generous free storage allowance (50 GB): what’s unusual about it is that all data stored is encrypted end-to-end: data is only decrypted once it’s on the receiving device (i.e. the user’s device), meaning – theoretically, that no one else has access to it. And if 50GB isn’t enough, Mega has paid options with 200GB, 500GB, 2TB or 4TB of storage and bandwidth ranging from 1TB to 8TB a month.