20 awesome cloud services you've never heard of

Web services are quickly replacing desktop programs for routine tasks such as image editing, spreadsheet creation and more. Here are 20 such services that we think are worth your time.

By Ian Paul, Network World |  Cloud Computing, cloud computing, slideshow

You don't need a desktop app to seize control of your digital life

Ready to manage your entire digital life online, from making backups to finding old photos? Web services can help you. With such services, you can also discover new music, protect your online privacy, improve your personal habits, or keep a journal. And the best part is, some won’t cost you a penny.

Even Microsoft is tying its popular Office suite to the cloud with the upcoming Office 2013. It's a pretty clear indicator that, sometime in the near future, Web services and desktop apps linked to Web services will replace traditional stand-alone programs.

For that to happen, however, you'll need the right services. Here are 20 that we recommend now.

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