THE CLOUD - it's the latest buzzword so what does it mean?

Essentially 'The cloud' refers to the internet so cloud services generally refers to services that are provided across the internet. In particular services that historically have been provided using local servers that are now provided by a 3rd party.

The most commonly used cloud services are email particularly web based mail such as Hotmail and Google mail and internet based storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

Microsoft provide their own cloud service which is Microsoft Office 365 - this is a subscription based service that, depending on subscription level, provides a hosted exchange mailbox, up to 1TB of network storage and access to the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to 5 Computers and mobile devices.  As a registered Microsoft partner I can provide advice on the options available and provide ongoing support when selected as your partner organisation.