We know there is a lot of uncertainty about 'The Cloud' and that many people don't really understand what it is or how it's relevant to their small business. So we're setting up a Cloud Clinic - an online forum where you can ask us what you want. No question is too small or too insignificant. In the cloud, software as a service (Saas), hosted services, subscribing to online services - there are lots of different ways to talk about cloud computing but they all mean pretty much the same thing - buying the software services you need over the Internet and letting someone else (a hosted services provider) take the management / IT strain.
If you have 5 or more PCs and you want to take advantage technology that enables you to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers, and present a professional image to your customers, take a look at cloud computing. You can get a free 30-day trial of a Microsoft Online Service to try it out for yourself first.
So how can you ask us your questions? Choose the option that suits you.
- Facebook - ask the experts here: http://www.facebook.com/AskTheExperts
- Twitter - tweet us @MicrosoftSB
- Quora: http://www.quora.com/Microsoft-UK-Small-Business-Centre
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And here are a few resources to help you understand more about the cloud.
New! We're launching a new small business website very soon - you can get a sneak peak at it here: http://www.microsoft.com/business/en-gb/solutions/Pages/Cloud.aspx with our brand new cloud solutions page. You're the first to see the site and we're keen to know what you think.....
And a previous blog post here: A tip that can put you on cloud 9