Microsoft’s global survey of 3,193 small and medium-sized firms found that 20.9% of those in the UK use cloud computing for services like email and accounting.
What Cloud Computing does
- Cloud computing is a way of using the Internet to support work-related tasks people perform on their computers, such as storing and sharing information.
- Instead of purchasing software and having to install it on their PC, the applications are hosted on secure servers they access over the Internet “in the cloud”.
- Users can access software and input or extract data via their browser. Because the software and services are delivered over the web, there is no need to install their own server.
Key finding of survey
Nearly three quarters (73%) of businesses surveyed said they had considered using cloud computing, compared with just 44% two years ago.
The UK is now the third biggest user of hosted IT services in Europe, after France and Spain, according to the survey.