30 Innovative Cloud Web Apps

The cloud has forever changed how users store data, use apps and collaborate on projects. No longer do you have to risk data loss, or require all users to have the same software installed on their local machines. Instead, using web apps with cloud processing and data storage allows for faster and more secure computing, which is literally changing the way companies do business.

Because of the power of the cloud, companies are constantly pushing the limits of the cloud and even redefining what a cloud app can be. While the quintessential cloud storage and syncing apps are still widely popular, there are also other cloud apps out there for project management, music production and streaming, accounting and collaboration.

In this post, you’ll find 30 hand-picked cloud apps that show off some of the unique possibilities of the cloud. I’m sure you’ll find them useful, and perhaps even inspire you to build your own app to push the limits of the cloud.

Evernote

Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments.

Mint

Manage your budget with easy to use personal finance tools and calculators. Track spending and monitor your online banking account

DropBox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Desk.com

Desk.com is a simple, social, mobile, and affordable customer service and support help desk that resides in the cloud.

ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive is the hybrid cloud storage for all of your media. You can access your music, photos, and documents from anywhere with your favorite applications. You don’t have to think, or sync your files again, it just works. ZumoDrive’s hybrid cloud storage also means you will never have to worry about running out of space.

FluffyApp

A tiny Windows app that lets you quickly and easily share files, links, and screenshots. Sound like any old uploader?

WindowsAzure

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform built for you… Explore what is possible: Websites, Enterprise apps, Mobile and more.

InDineo

InDinero brings the power of a financial advisor to the internet, and it’s the fastest growing way for businesses to manage money online.

Waze

Waze is a free mobile navigation application for your iphone or android that allows drivers to build and use live maps, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation that is stored in the cloud and managed by users.

Spotify

Spotify is a digital music service that lets you discover and listen to music, for free, all through their cloud platform.

There are tons of really cool features that would unlock if you upgrade your account.

Soundcloud

Soundcloud enables you to upload your music files and play it online.
Soundcloud provides a widget to play a certain music or recording when it is embedded on site.

Mail Chimp

Free email marketing service from MailChimp. Design, send, and track HTML email campaigns with our simple tools.

Box.net

Collaboration tools adopted by over 100000 companies globally.
Box simplifies online file storage, replaces FTP and connects teams in online workspaces.

Audiobox.fm

Your Media Library in the Cloud. Store, stream and manage your media library anytime from anywhere!

LogMeIn

Get In and go with remote access from LogMeIn. Enjoy the freedom to work from anywhere by accessing desktop and laptop computers, PC or Mac.

Joukuu

The simplest way to manage, share & track yorur cloud based backup files across multiple accounts! Supports Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync

ZenDesk

Help Desk Software and Support Ticket Software by Zendesk. Web-based customer support software used by thousands of companies worldwide.

MozyHome

The MozyHome® advantage. Online backup and file sync. MozyHome now has the best of both worlds with online backup and Mozy Stash file synchronization.

SendGrid

Learn why more developers choose SendGrid’s SMTP relay services to deliver transactional emails triggered by web apps. Sign up for a free account today.

Hojoki

Hojoki helps you make all your cloud apps work as one, by providing one common newsfeed and a private workspace to manage and track everything.

Apptivo

Apptivo is your SAAS platform for growth, offering free software as a service for small and medium sized businesses.

CloudApp

CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Here is how it works: choose a file, drag it to the menubar and let us take care of the rest. We provide you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends.

Toggl

Toggl is an online time tracking tool. It features 1-click time tracking and helps you see where your time goes.
Free and paid versions are available.

Tender

Tender Support organizes your customer care so you can focus on delivering the best service possible.

Aviary

A better photo editing solution for web & mobile apps. Developers: upgrade your app with our gorgeous editing tools. Make photo editing a seamless part of your workflow. Embed Aviary in minutes with just a few lines of code.

Carbonite

Carbonite online backup is simple, secure and unlimited.
It works automatically to back up files on your PC or Mac. Try it risk-free for 15 days.

LiveMinutes

LiveMinutes is a Free collaborative meeting service focused on Document Sharing, but it comes with video chat, screensharing and annotations in real time with automated reports.

Photoshop Express

Photoshop is such a powerful tool for graphics editing, but it is also prohibitively expensive for many people. But luckily, there is a cloud version of it called Photoshop Express!

Jolicloud

Jolicloud brings all the benefits of cloud computing today, making your netbook the natural extension of all your other computers and mobile devices.

Apple iCloud

iCloud stores your content so it’s always accessible from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you instant access to your music, apps, latest photos, and more. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required.

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  • Michael Muryn

    ZumoDrive looks already out of service…

    “As part of the transition to MotoCast, Motorola will be shutting down ZumoDrive. After June 1, 2012, ZumoDrive users will no longer be able to use the service. Any content remaining in your ZumoDrive account beyond June 1, 2012 will be securely deleted along with all account records.”

  • Kenneth

    just an update, ZumoDrive is no more, as of this month it has been rolled over into a service by Motorola known as motocast and only works with Motorola devices.

  • James Booker

    Ugh. Yet another post full of screenshots, marketing blurb copied straight from the link target’s website, and little to nothing else. Is CloudSpring really this desperate to get *something* in people’s RSS feeds that this sort of post is acceptable?

    It seems as the SitePoint network grows, their ability to acquire well-written articles on in-depth subjects shrinks. Where’s the business analysis? The research? Nothing in this post quite shows why each link deserves to be in the ’30 Innovative Cloud Web Apps’ list – don’t just list it as innovative, explain WHY it’s innovative.

    Such a lack of detail beggars belief of a site whose reputation is built on that of SitePoint, well known for its quality articles from knowledgeable authors. The poor quality of the post also poses the question whether the author has even *used* half these applications, since there’s no personal commentry on it.

    Is this site aimed at those who build web apps, or those likely to consume them? The ‘About Us’ block in the footer claims the former, but as more of these fluff pieces appear it seems like CloudSpring is unsure of its own purpose.

  • James Booker

    Seriously….. ZumoDrive shut down on 1st June – are you guys for real?

  • Boon Hong

    Why feature a cloud service (ZumoDrive) that is no longer available?

  • John

    We Aussies can punch above our weight too, with business productivity apps like myloop.biz

  • Matt R

    Er, isn’t Zumodrive dead, or at least dying? I used that service, but got emails saying they had been bought and I would have to download all my stuff from them because the service would be stopped.

  • Tony

    Great article. Glad to be exposed to useful applications I haven’t heard of before.

  • Tony C

    Completely agree with James. And what’s worse, no one from the site has even responded to his complaint.

    It’s looking more and more like google-bait, to be honest. It has its place – some of the best stuff I’ve found has come from googling for “best free [blah]“. But this is the majority of stuff I’m seeing from you guys now.

    And as James said, you clearly haven’t even used the services you’re promoting. So why should I use them? What gives your article any credibility?

    And in any event, the blurb at the start of the article is just embarrassing. It’s worse than the stuff they put in the free newspapers that get handed out at railway stations. “Because of the power of the cloud, companies are constantly pushing the limits of the cloud and even redefining what a cloud app can be. ” – for real? Didn’t you even read what you were publishing?

    Please try harder. The signal to noise ratio is all wrong, and is a reason for me to start skipping Sitepoint sites if it doesn’t change.

  • Julie New

    Great article. Really useful for my small business. Have tried the Photoshop Express and it fits my needs perfectly.

    Also, needed access to a design app for brochures. Found this http://www.thepdfchef.com which is very good. I wondered if anyone knew of any others. I don’t want a straight template site.

    Thanks. J