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UB: Connected by the Cloud

Article by Rachel Lim 

Published November 30, 2015

You’ve probably heard people talk about ‘the cloud,’ but what is it and how are you using it every day?

The cloud refers to services accessed via the Internet. This enables convenient access to software, storage and communication over the Web. These services don’t need to be physically on the machine you’re using… you can access them anywhere you can get online.

Rachel Lim (UB Student, Class of 2015) was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is proficient in speaking and writing three languages- English, Mandarin and Malay. Rachel is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in financial analysis and marketing.

My Virtual Computing Lab

My Virtual Computing Lab offers access to popular UB-owned software remotely, such as Microsoft Office, Mathematica, MATLAB or Maple, from your personal computer without downloading and installing them. The programs are served from the cloud; they’re available on or off-campus, any time you want.


UBfs is a cloud-like file storage solution. By saving to your MyFiles folder, you can access your documents from any device with a browser and Internet access. Visit to get started.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business, formerly known as “Lync,” is the next-generation cloud communication platform that allows you to easily connect with people in new ways, from virtually anywhere. You can send instant messages and conduct online meetings or group discussions.