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One of the biggest promises of web apps is that you can use them anywhere on any computer with an internet connection. Whether you’re at home on your netbook, in the office on an iMac, or on your Aunt’s XP desktop, your web apps will work the same if you have a decently modern browser. Without installing anything, you can quickly get to work and find your files no matter where you are.

A decade ago, most people only ever used one computer, or possibly one at home and another in their office. In today’s world, it’s more likely than ever that you’ll be accessing your data from a variety of different machines. Tablets, netbooks, variety of different sized desktops, and full featured laptops: there’s more choice than ever, and increasingly, we one more than one of them.

I’ve personally relied on web apps for years to keep up with my files so I’ll always have access to them no matter where I am. I’ve sent email from kiosk computers in airports, ran across the road from a hospital to an internet café to email homework to professors, and borrowed others computers to touch up documents in Office Live or Google Docs before sending them in. Even if I buy a new computer, I’m ready to go quicker than ever thanks to relying on a variety of cloud services.

So how about you? Have you taken advantage of being able to you your web apps from anywhere, or do you still treat them more like traditional programs, tied to the browser on your personal computer? Do you use your personal web app accounts from work, or would you log on to finish some work from someone else’s computer?

Due to cloud computing, anyone can perform routine computer tasks anywhere, at any time, without installing applications. All users need a computer with operating system installed, connection to the internet and a compatible web browser; available at just about any coffee shop, library or other public places.

This technology has given birth to a new line of small and cheap computers, called netbooks, which have become extremely popular. They are small in size and have longer battery life due to less computing power, making them ideal cloud computing clients. Similarly, mobile phones are gaining computational power and fast becoming another cloud computing client. In short, netbooks and mobile phones—which will pass the total number of personal computers in near future—are the biggest beneficiary of cloud computing.

Consequently, this emerging and attracting market is taking a hit on tech giants, which are now teaming up to compete. We’ve rounded up the top five operating systems utilizing the available cloud computing infrastructure in the best possible manner.

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