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A cloud app is an application that operates in the cloud. Cloud apps are considered to be a blend of standard Web applications and conventional desktop applications. Cloud apps incorporate the advantages of both Web and desktop apps without absorbing many of their drawbacks. Similar to desktop apps, cloud apps can provide offline mode, rich user experience and instant responses to user actions. Similar to Web applications, there is no need to install cloud apps on a computer. Updates can be done at any time by simply uploading a newer version to the Web server. Cloud apps also store data in the cloud.
Cloud apps do not consume hefty amounts of storage space in the user's communication device or computer. If the user has a fast Internet connection, an efficient cloud app can offer the interaction of a desktop application together with the portability of a Web application.
Anyone with a browser, an Internet connection and a communication device can easily access and use cloud apps. Although the tools are present and could be revised in the cloud, the original user interface is present in the local device. The users are able to cache data locally, which enables full offline mode when required. Cloud apps, unlike Web apps, can be used offline even when there is no wireless access or during temporary Internet outage. In addition, cloud apps can offer some functions even when there is no Internet connection present for prolonged periods, for example, when camping in a remote wilderness.