Technology - Cloud computing: Reach for the skies

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IN June, Microsoft launched Office Web Apps in the UK, a cloud-based version of the desktop suite with which most people will be familiar. It allows free online access to scaled-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Microsoft's move follows on the heels of Google Docs, a similar service launched in 2006 that upgraded to 1GB of free data storage in January.

The move to cloud-based office productivity applications is likely to be most acutely felt by consumers, who are only just

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