As more of us rely on smartphones and tablet computers to handle critical business functions, the ability to store, share and modify documents from any location via any device becomes essential. The best cloud computing solutions make it dead simple to access files, photographs and videos from mobile applications. They are also free to download and sample before reasonable subscription fees are applied.
Here are three cloud storage apps that you and your company should consider tapping into, if you haven’t already:
1. Dropbox (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry)
Dropbox is the best online collaboration service around, and it can be accessed from virtually any connected device. The service lets users store documents in public or exclusively shared folders. So whether you have to collaborate on a PowerPoint presentation with co-workers, need to view and potentially modify prospective, new logos on the road, or want to watch that training video while waiting for your flight at the airport, Dropbox enables you to do it all without eating up space on your device. Dropbox users get 2 GB of storage for free (more if you refer new users). Beyond that, tiered pricing options can be found here.
2. Box.net (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry)
Of course when you’re on the road, oftentimes it is easier to access documents from the Web than to download them from shared folders. The mobile apps from Box.net allow you to store up to 50 GB of files online for free. Meanwhile, advanced search, sharing capabilities and CRM integration will cost you. Box.net also enables you to download the files you have stored while using other apps. Full pricing information can be found here.
3. Google Drive (Android)
If you are a heavy user of Google Docs and have an Android smartphone or tablet, then Google Drive is a no brainer. Google will eventually encourage all its Docs users to embrace Drive, which is very much like Dropbox, except users can access 5 GB of storage for free. The only downside, for now, is that it’s not available on iOS or BlackBerry devices. Once universally accessible, Google Drive will likely be the best storage option.