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Photos, Office docs gobbled up by AcerCloud

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Acer has launched an iCloud-like cloud data-sharing service as part of its PC business re-energising initiative. Consumer users with AcerCloud can now share a content library on their Acer PC with Android tablets and phones across all brands.

Acer Windows PC users can share their documents, music, photos and videos across all their internet-connected devices – including phones and tablets – as long as the consumer PC is online or switched on but asleep. If asleep it is woken up by the AcerCloud service. Data transmitted by AcerCloud across the internet is encrypted.

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AcerCloud is bundled up as a free addition with every new Acer PC. That PC is designated as the user's "Cloud PC" and its content library becomes sharable across the other devices.

Pictures snapped on a phone or tablet, and documents created and edited on the PC are all stored in the AcerCloud to be browsed on any of these devices later on. However, those documents have to have been created in Microsoft Office's PowerPoint, Excel or Word programs – no other products are eligible.

Acer states: "AcerCloud automatically pushes a copy of photos taken with your phone or tablet to all your devices over the internet. You can find all your photos in clear.fi Photo apps on your PC and Android devices." You can also see videos downloaded on demand from the Cloud PC.

The company has initially launched the AcerCloud product for North America and China, according to DigiTimes, with the rest of the world getting access by the end of the year. Only Android phones and tablets will be supported at launch, with Apple iOS device support following quite soon. ®

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