moving docs to an cloud solution for mobility.

I have a small network, server running windows 2003 r2 & clients running win xp pro sp2.

The owners of the business switched from desktops to ipads.

There is a shared directory on the server that the staff share documents in on client files.
All *.xls & *.doc ... Microsoft Office files.

Is there a good online cloud solution that the client XP machines can sync to, as well as the iPads ??

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ImaginxAsked:
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shahzoorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would highly recommend SugarSync
https://www.sugarsync.com/sync_comparison.html
You can share the documents and files across different platforms, with versions etc

If you are in a small organization, the best solution will be Google Apps, which is free from small organizations. You will get all the features and the files will be accessible globally.
Further a group of people can work together on one document. For example if 5 guys want to fill in an excel sheet, they can and you will see it live :)

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andytagonistCommented:
If I'm understanding the scenario correctly, wouldn't Dropbox work perfectly fine for this?
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ImaginxAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure - Not too familiar with DropBox ...

Drop Box will allow you to access/modify documents from the iPads online ??
iPads won't let you down load the documents to update.

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andytagonistCommented:
there's a new app for the ipad called CloudOn.  "The CloudOn application lets you create, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly from the device by using the iPad as a bridge between the user and the cloud based office applications."
http://www.redmondpie.com/free-cloud-hosted-microsoft-office-functionality-courtesy-of-cloudon-app-for-ipad-download-now/
iTunes link:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cloudon/id474025452?mt=8

The app is new and I just downloaded it, so I don't have an opinion on it yet...but it seems promising.
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ImaginxAuthor Commented:
Just my luck ... That app looks great, but the iTunes store says its not registered for sale in the US
:(

Thanks though Andy .. The iPad version did look promising, didn't get to read much about syncing with desktops at the office ...
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andytagonistCommented:
yeah, and their website says the app is "sold out".  but i'm using it right now--reading the tutorial actually...
i'll let you know what i find out in a little while.  

in the meantime, maybe someone else can chime in with other suggestions...
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andytagonistCommented:
here's what it looks like:

 CloudOn Office editor
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ImaginxAuthor Commented:
Andy - that looks nice !!

I appreciate the help - let me know what you find.

-Steve
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ImaginxAuthor Commented:
I'm familiar with google docs, but there are a lot of files & I didn't see how to organize them that well ... (using Google)..

I'm going to check out Sugar Sync now .. Thanks !
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andytagonistCommented:
For editing Office documents, I'd suggest Documents To Go in the Apple Store.  I've used it in the past and it was very nice.  
The app I am using, CloudOn seems to be somewhat popular...and unavailable.
http://tabtimes.com/news/ittech-cloud-services/2012/01/04/cloudon-sold-out-free-ipad-app-editing-microsoft-office-docs

Dropbox is a very fine app for sharing in the clouds, as is SugarSync--at least according to their own website. I know dozens of people using Dropbox and I also speak from personal experience.


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shahzoorCommented:
checkout the introductory videos about google apps on youtube
Its very easy and free
Further it keeps versions of the documents modified so you can revert back to previous version in case of any problems
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ImaginxAuthor Commented:
Perfect solution.
Enterprise capable.

Thanks !!
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