Infographic: The Future of Cloud Computing for Students

This is a guest post from Russel Cooke, a business consultant and journalist newly based in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on Twitter.

What can cloud computing do for you? Where is it going in the future? While scores remain ignorant of the exact specifics of what it means, anyone working in a high-tech or social media-related field would be making a mistake if they weren’t up-to-date on what cloud computing is, where it’s going, and how it can benefit both personally and educationally; whether you are a student, teacher, or administrator.

Cloud computing is seen by many as the future of computing. Instead of focusing on creating tiny, powerful computers such as smart phones, cloud computing allows the user to access some of those advanced capabilities remotely. This allows computers and smartphones to be cheaper, smaller, and easier to build while still letting the user experience the benefits of powerful computers with huge storage capabilities.

There are several types of cloud computing broken down by what service is being offered: IAAS allows users to access raw computational power and storage remotely, SAAS allows users to remotely access advanced software, and PAAS is a type of fusion of the two. However, the most visible and common form of cloud computing is a simple type of IAAS: remote storage, or “storage in the cloud.”

Microsoft Office 365 is an example of one of the most popular cloud computing software tools used by students. Not only does it allow students to access their documents from home or university, they can also use Office applications on multiple devices. University students can get access to cloud storage for as little as £52.98 with Microsoft Office 365 University while up to 5 family members can store their files in the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium for just £69.99. 

Cloud computing is a broad term. When most people think of it, they think of public clouds, where the data is processed and stored over the internet and travels through public channels. This is the most popular, but also vulnerable to intrusion by hackers. There are also private clouds, where the data is processed in private servers, these are much more secure but also less flexible and accessible. Some hybrid or community systems combine the public and private clouds in different ways to achieve different results.

However, with the advent of cloud computing comes security problems. And it is indeed a large problem, with many recent high-profile leaks of celebrity and government data that had been carelessly stored in the public cloud. For example, the recent hack of 101 celebrities private iCloud accounts has caused Apple to tighten their security. If you're worried about your computer security, take a look at our Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Internet Security software options to protect your devices.

Despite the drawbacks, cloud computing is clearly the way of the future. It allows students to save a vast amount of data which can easily be accessed from various locations and referenced in years to come. There are numerous benefits for students and the education sector other than saving large volumes of data; it's a low cost option, students and teachers can collaborate and you don't need to carry around your devices.

How are you using the cloud?

Smartphone Revolution Infographic: How Much Do You Rely on Your Smartphone?


This is a guest post written by Russel Cooke, a writer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He often writes about software engineering, social media, and Customer Service, passions of his since entering the professional world.

It’s fun to look back on history and think, “what would the world be like if this object were invented a few years later? Or...not at all?” Pondering the importance of devices whose importance is readily available in history books everywhere cannot be questioned, but does anyone consider the impact on history that objects they are using have?

It’s tough living life without smartphones these days. Perhaps it’s just the reliance on technology that our culture has today, but the suite of tools that they provide their users with makes so many tasks afterthoughts.

In this infographic, provided by, we dive into the diversity of such tools, and the reliance that so many people place on having their smartphone with them, at all times.

How much do you rely on your smartphone or mobile device? If you're the type of person who comes with a surgically attached smartphone, stay safe and save on repair costs with Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 Multi Device. It protects all your software, including your laptop, tablet and smartphone, from security threats. Don't spend a fortune repairing or buying a new phone - protect your smartphone from as little as £33.85 with Kaspersky software!

Free SoftwareUpgrade to Parallels Desktop 9!

You know by now that Software4Students is all about helping you save money so we definitely had to pass on details of a free software upgrade offer!

Buy Parallels Desktop 8 now and upgrade to the next version for FREE when it's released!

If you buy Parallels Desktop 8* between August 15th 2013 and October 31st, you are eligible to a free upgrade to Parallels Desktop 9 when it is released. You just need to register your details and activation key (you will find this in your Software4Students account) with Parallels here and you can claim your free version of Parallels Desktop 9.

So you don't have to wait to buy "The #1 Choice for Mac Users", buy Parallels Desktop 8 now!!!

More information about eligibility here.

What is Parallels Software?

Parallels desktop software is the #1 Choice of Mac Users as it allows you to run the Windows apps you need on the Mac you love.

Run Windows programmes and even Windows desktop settings from your Mac effortlessly with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac. If you do not want to go through the hassle of rebooting your machine every time you run the Windows operating system and Mac programs side by side, Parallels is the solution. It is the fastest, most seamless, and intuitive way to do it. Students can use it to run their day-to-day Windows productivity applications with ease. 

If you love the look and feel of Mac OS, make Windows invisible while still using its applications. And if you are a beginner in Mac, keep the familiar Windows background and Start menu on your Mac. Either way, run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side with no compromises in performance.

Find out more about Parallels software here.

Microsoft Announce Academic Pricing on Surface RT


Microsoft recently announced that they will be offering special pricing on their Microsoft Surface RT product directly to schools and universities for a limited time between 19th June 2013 and 31st August 2013.

Microsoft reinforced their committment to providing discounted software and hardware to stajeholders in the education sector:

 "Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realise their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions" - Microsoft, 25th June, UK Schools Blog

Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and this fantastic discount will help students and educators obtain the best technology on the market.

The exclusive direct to education institution pricing (which has only been provided in Sterling and Dollars) is as follows:  

  • - Surface RT (32GB) - £133 + VAT
  • - Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover - £168 + VAT
  • - Surface RT (32GB) with Type Keyboard Cover - £196 + VAT

Please note, this offer is exclusively available direct to institutions, and not to students or educators directly.

Click here to learn more about the discount pricing and to see how your school can avail of this pricing.

 * The Microsoft Surface for education offer is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States (including Puerto Rico).