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PC Advisor reviews the best online applications you can use.

5. Google Docs

Google Docs' presentation tool is, ulimately, a rough draft that thoroughly deserves the beta label. Google reportedly plans to beef up the editing tools, eventually turning Google Docs into a richer environment. Judging from the slow-but-steady progress of Google Docs' word processor and spreadsheet, the presentation features probably won't acquire PowerPoint-crushing sophistication anytime soon. That said, Google Docs should become only more useful over the coming months and, in the meantime, a lot of people are going to find it very useful indeed.

4. Norton Online Backup

As an adjunct to Norton 360, Norton Online Backup is definitely something you should take advantage of. Even as a standalone it's very competitive both feature- and price-wise.

3. Google Cloud Print

In my tests, Cloud Print was a painless way to print from anywhere to your Cloud Print-enabled printers.  If you need to print documents or email remotely, Google's Cloud Print is well worth checking out.

2. Microsoft Windows Live Essentials

Download Windows Live Essentials for what it offers, because there's a lot to like. But like me, you may well wish for a coherent product line with synchronisation services linked to other Microsoft products.

1. Join.me

Join.me is an absolute, cast-iron winner. As a staggeringly simple and effective way to work collaboratively, we've seen nothing better than Join.me.

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