So you decided to make the move to cloud services and the accompanying cloud software. While many of the cloud applications features are similar to computer desktop versions, there are some additional tips and workflows we d love to share with you. You ll get the most out of any cloud services you decide to choose, including syncing it with your computers and mobile and handheld devices.
Working with Email, Contacts and Calendar
As we mentioned in our reviews of the excellent and refined Apple MobileMe and Google Apps, it s easy to keep track of your email, contacts (address book) and calendar, in the cloud, on your computer and on your mobile device. This is the big benefit of cloud services: syncing multiple devices, so you re not dragging your laptop with you to keep track of your messages, phone numbers and schedule.
With MobileMe cloud services, you simply log onto the website to check the array of cloud software, such as Email, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery (photos or videos), iDisk (virtual hard drive) and Find My iPhone. You can do this from any Mac or Windows computer s web browser (latest versions of Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer are supported), and you ll always stay up-to-date on everything.
If you don t want to go onto a browser, it s very easy to setup your Mac s Mail, Address Book and iCal software applications to sync with the MobileMe versions. Make sure you re running the latest version of Mac OS X. Go into your System Preferences pane, and click on MobileMe under Internet & Wireless.
From there, setup your Account info (username and password), then click on Sync and checkmark the items you want to sync with your desktop and MobileMe cloud services. iDisk and Back to My Mac allows syncing of the iDisk and file sharing between compatible devices, respectively.
Now you ll have your MobileMe account and your Apple computer synced up. If you re on a Windows PC, you ll need the latest versions of the MobileMe Control Panel, Outlook and iTunes. Launch the MobileMe Control Panel, select MobileMe (Network and Internet) and enter your log-in information.
From there, click Sync and choose Sync with MobileMe and Automatically. From there, checkmark everything you want to sync to your MobileMe cloud, such as Email, Contacts, Calendar and more. Hit the Sync Now button. For email, you can use Outlook or Windows Mail, but make sure you re using an IMAP setting.
If you re on an Apple iOS device, such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, click on Settings; under accounts, choose MobileMe and put in your log-in information. Turn on Mail, Contacts, and the rest you wish to sync. Then click Merge with MobileMe, and you re set. You can setup other devices, such as the Blackberry, Google Android and even Google Apps.
We hope this starts guide to using cloud services helps you get the most out of key features found in MobileMe and Google Apps cloud services. Make sure you check out the respective reviews to learn more about uploading and sharing photos and videos, files and more.