TMCnet Feature
November 23, 2011

ZeroPC Is a Powerful Content Navigator for the Cloud

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

To enable content navigation and management in the cloud, start-up ZeroDesktop, a web desktop solutions provider, launched early this year a content navigator and manager for the cloud called ZeroPC. It enables you to regain control of your digital content scattered across multiple Web services and social sites. By connecting all of your cross-platform content, ZeroPC makes it accessible from one secure location using a browser and a single login, said ZeroDesktop.

In a product review on InformationWeek’s Byte site, Byte reporter Jeremy Lesniak wrote, “A relatively new entry to the Cloud desktop arena, ZeroPC is designed to compete with products such as eyeOS.” It targets the home user and a few vertical markets such as education and SMB, according to Lesniak. According to this review, ZeroPC adds more to the functionality of Google Docs or Office 365. “It integrates with a wide variety of Internet cloud services, such as Evernote, and Facebook, letting you move data between them,” wrote Lesniak.

ZeroPC can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, and offers the option of storing user content using a personal ZeroPC account. Furthermore, Lesniak’s product review indicates that the interaction between ZeroPC and other services such as DropBox is excellent.

While the basic use is free, additional functionality, such as ZeroPC's cloud backup service is available at a pay as you go rate. As described, ZeroPC charges based on bandwidth and storage used. According to Lesniak’s review, it is affordable, and very few users spend more than five dollars a month. The reporter compares it to a cellular data plan. Consequently, ZeroPC also charges you based on the amount of data used (sent and received) via the service.

The free ZeroPC version offers 15 GB of storage —1 GB on ZeroPC servers and a minimum of 14 GB on other partner services. ZeroPC runs on Java through your browser.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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