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September 28, 2011

Tiny, Cloud-Powered Desktops

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by Erica Naone, Technology Review

The profusion of mobile devices is driving advances in cloud-based productivity apps built for the small screen. The cloud is the natural central storage site not only for the data but for the productivity applications themselves, says Rick ­Treitman, entrepreneur in residence at Adobe and director of product marketing for its cloud-based office applications. Zoho’s Vegesna notes that users expect custom apps tailored to the iPhone, the Android tablet, or whatever device they’re working on. Scott Johnston, group product manager for Google Docs and Sites, says that while the interfaces will look different on phones, tablets, and PCs, “I suspect we’re going full-featured on every device.” He believes that workers will eventually use tablets in place of laptops and demand productivity software that works just as well on them. Potential advances in touch-screen technology—such as ways to give users more tactile feedback—could also accelerate demand for such apps.

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