The small business world has warmed up to the concept of working in the cloud. Credit card processing is one of the earliest cloud applications which became an essential part of transacting business. Many business owners are smartphone users and have experienced the benefits of the cloud which enables them to sync their personal contact lists, calendar and email for on-the-road connectivity. Certainly online banking has drawn the business banker into acceptance of cloud applications when they use remote deposits, online bill payment, transaction reporting and exporting for accounting software packages, and year-end reporting. These positive experiences have paved the way for every increasing acceptance of business applications in the cloud.
Microsoft and Google are now competing for the office productivity market in the cloud. Both the Microsoft and Google platforms allow the upload, import, and editing of existing Office documents, creation of new documents, and saving files in the familiar Office formats. Both offer collaboration tools and mobile access. Here are current prices for their packages.