How has Cloud computing affected user experience on the web?

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we work, but has it also revolutionized user experience and web usability? Guestblogger Lexie Lu takes a closer look at cloud computing’s UX

You’ve almost certainly heard reports about how cloud computing helps corporations archive and access their files, streamlines the processes for logistics and manufacturing teams, and allows call center representatives to access identical data about customers whether they’re stationed in Malaysia or Maui. Writing for Justinmind, designer and guestblogger Lexie Lu takes a look at cloud computing’s impact, honing in on how it has changed user experience of the web.

Cloud computing has nearly made lost work a non-issue

If you’ve ever dealt with a computer crash in the middle of typing an important document, you’re familiar with the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach: all that time and work lost in the space of a second! However, thanks to web-based interfaces like Google Drive, it’s almost impossible to lose large amounts of work in the Cloud.

Specifically, Google Drive saves every keystroke you make. That means if you do experience a tech-related failure, you can simply log back onto Google Drive via a laptop, desktop or even a tablet and recover a version of your document that’s almost certainly more recent than what might have gotten saved as an Auto Recovery file in Microsoft Word. No more lost work emergencies.

Cloud computing ensures greater productivity

We live in an increasingly mobile society, and a growing number of people are choosing to complete work outside of traditional office environments. According to statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in July last year, 24 percent of people did at least part of their work from home in 2015, and some individuals within that segment were entirely home-based workers.

Statistics like those are arguably much easier to achieve thanks to the consistent user experience that’s common to cloud-based websites and apps. Due to the capabilities of the associated technology, a person can log into a cloud-based interface and see the same data depending on if they do so from a tablet device in a Manhattan co-working space or a laptop computer at their New Jersey residence.

When users know what their experiences will be like across the board, they should find it’s easier to harness maximum productivity without wasting time. Furthermore, since most cloud-based Web apps aren’t overly impacted by operating system differences, it’s more likely that documents viewed on a Windows platform and a Macintosh computer will look exactly the same or nearly identical.

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