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Top 10 Cloud Apps

  • Top 10 Cloud Apps

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    These are some of the most popular and highest-earning SaaS applications on the market.
  • 1. Office 365

    1. Office 365

    Office 365 is the cloud version of Microsoft's Office suite. It comes in multiple versions for both home and business users. Most include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and some also include Outlook, Publisher, Access, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype, Exchange, Teams and/or Yammer. In its most recent quarterly report, Microsoft stated that its Office 365 commercial revenue had increased 42 percent. Earlier this year, the company announced that it had 100 million monthly users for Office 365, and that the total would likely be 120 million before the end of 2017.

  • 2. Salesforce.com

    2. Salesforce.com

    Salesforce proudly claims to be "the world's #1 CRM." Its platform encompasses tools for sales, service, marketing, ecommerce and more, and the company also has a cloud development platform. According to the firm, more than 150,000 companies use its products. In its second fiscal quarter for 2017, it became "the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate." And interestingly, it has just entered a partnership that allows it to offer customers free access to the third cloud app in this slideshow.

  • 3. Google G Suite

    3. Google G Suite

    G Suite is Google's cloud-based office productivity suite. The most popular app in the suite is Gmail, its free email service. As of early 2016, Gmail had more than 1 billion monthly active users. The G Suite also includes Google Calendar, Google+, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Sites, Keep, and Jamboard, as well as Drive cloud storage and tools for managing the cloud apps. Like Office 365, it comes in multiple versions with a variety of price points.

  • 4. Dropbox

    4. Dropbox

    According to Dropbox, more than 500 million people and more than 200,000 business use its file sharing services. Many home users are familiar with its free service that includes limited storage, but the company also offers paid plans designed for business users. It has reached two significant financial milestones this year: First, in January, it said that it had achieved an annual run rate of more than $1 billion in revenue, and it claimed to be the first SaaS firm to achieve that mark. Second, in April, it said that it was generating a profit, excluding interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. It is rumored to be considering filing for an initial public offering (IPO) before the end of the year.

  • 5. Adobe Creative Cloud

    5. Adobe Creative Cloud

    Made for designers, artists, filmmakers, and other creative professionals, Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of apps that can be purchased singly or all together. The best known app in the suite is the PhotoShop image editing programming, and it also includes Illustrator, InDesign, TypeKit, Dreamweaver, XD, Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects and many other tools. According to the company website, more than 90 percent of the world's creative professionals use Photoshop, and in its most recent quarterly report, it said that Creative revenue reached $1.06 billion.

  • 6. GitHub

    6. GitHub

    Among software developers, GitHub has become the place to share and find source code. According to its website, more than 25 million individuals and 117,000 businesses use the service, and it hosts more than 72 million code repositories. To put that in perspective, in 2016 Evans Data Corporation estimated that there would be 25 million developers in the world by 2021. GitHub offers free hosting for open source projects, as well as paid products for businesses that need private repositories. In August of this year, the company said that it had achieved a $200 million annual revenue run rate for its paid services.

  • 7. Wordpress

    7. Wordpress

    Beloved by bloggers, WordPress claims that its platform "powers 29 percent of the Internet." An open source version of its software is available at WordPress.org, and the WordPress.com site hosts the same website management software in the cloud. It offers both free and paid plans. According to the company, more than 409 million people visit websites hosted by WordPress.com each month, and WordPress users publish 41.7 million new posts each month.

  • 8. Slack

    8. Slack

    Used by organizations like Airbnb, Capital One, Harvard University, the Los Angeles Times, Oracle and Ticketmaster, Slack is a cloud-based collaboration platform for teams. It claims to be "the fastest-growing business application in history" with 9 million weekly active users. Free and paid subscriptions are available, and it integrates with some of the other cloud apps on this list, like Google Drive, GitHub, Dropbox and Box.

  • 9. Box

    9. Box

    Like Dropbox, Box offers cloud file-sharing services. However, it was designed primarily for business users and doesn't market a free service to consumers the way Dropbox does. In its most recent quarterly financial statement, it reported $122.9 million in revenue from 76,000 businesses that use its content management services.

  • 10. Intuit Software

    10. Intuit Software

    Intuit doesn't group its products together into a suite like some of the other cloud app vendors do, but it offers some of the most popular cloud-based financial software for consumers and small businesses. Its best-known products are the QuickBooks accounting software and TurboTax tax preparation software, both of which are available as cloud services. It also offers Mint, a cloud-based personal finance app. In its financial report for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, Intuit reported that QuickBooks Online subscribers climbed 56 percent to 2.55 million.

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    Top 10 Cloud Apps

    These are some of the most popular and highest-earning SaaS applications on the market.
  • 1. Office 365

    1. Office 365

    Office 365 is the cloud version of Microsoft's Office suite. It comes in multiple versions for both home and business users. Most include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and some also include Outlook, Publisher, Access, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype, Exchange, Teams and/or Yammer. In its most recent quarterly report, Microsoft stated that its Office 365 commercial revenue had increased 42 percent. Earlier this year, the company announced that it had 100 million monthly users for Office 365, and that the total would likely be 120 million before the end of 2017.

  • 2. Salesforce.com

    2. Salesforce.com

    Salesforce proudly claims to be "the world's #1 CRM." Its platform encompasses tools for sales, service, marketing, ecommerce and more, and the company also has a cloud development platform. According to the firm, more than 150,000 companies use its products. In its second fiscal quarter for 2017, it became "the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate." And interestingly, it has just entered a partnership that allows it to offer customers free access to the third cloud app in this slideshow.

  • 3. Google G Suite

    3. Google G Suite

    G Suite is Google's cloud-based office productivity suite. The most popular app in the suite is Gmail, its free email service. As of early 2016, Gmail had more than 1 billion monthly active users. The G Suite also includes Google Calendar, Google+, Hangouts, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Sites, Keep, and Jamboard, as well as Drive cloud storage and tools for managing the cloud apps. Like Office 365, it comes in multiple versions with a variety of price points.

  • 4. Dropbox

    4. Dropbox

    According to Dropbox, more than 500 million people and more than 200,000 business use its file sharing services. Many home users are familiar with its free service that includes limited storage, but the company also offers paid plans designed for business users. It has reached two significant financial milestones this year: First, in January, it said that it had achieved an annual run rate of more than $1 billion in revenue, and it claimed to be the first SaaS firm to achieve that mark. Second, in April, it said that it was generating a profit, excluding interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. It is rumored to be considering filing for an initial public offering (IPO) before the end of the year.

  • 5. Adobe Creative Cloud

    5. Adobe Creative Cloud

    Made for designers, artists, filmmakers, and other creative professionals, Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of apps that can be purchased singly or all together. The best known app in the suite is the PhotoShop image editing programming, and it also includes Illustrator, InDesign, TypeKit, Dreamweaver, XD, Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects and many other tools. According to the company website, more than 90 percent of the world's creative professionals use Photoshop, and in its most recent quarterly report, it said that Creative revenue reached $1.06 billion.

  • 6. GitHub

    6. GitHub

    Among software developers, GitHub has become the place to share and find source code. According to its website, more than 25 million individuals and 117,000 businesses use the service, and it hosts more than 72 million code repositories. To put that in perspective, in 2016 Evans Data Corporation estimated that there would be 25 million developers in the world by 2021. GitHub offers free hosting for open source projects, as well as paid products for businesses that need private repositories. In August of this year, the company said that it had achieved a $200 million annual revenue run rate for its paid services.

  • 7. Wordpress

    7. Wordpress

    Beloved by bloggers, WordPress claims that its platform "powers 29 percent of the Internet." An open source version of its software is available at WordPress.org, and the WordPress.com site hosts the same website management software in the cloud. It offers both free and paid plans. According to the company, more than 409 million people visit websites hosted by WordPress.com each month, and WordPress users publish 41.7 million new posts each month.

  • 8. Slack

    8. Slack

    Used by organizations like Airbnb, Capital One, Harvard University, the Los Angeles Times, Oracle and Ticketmaster, Slack is a cloud-based collaboration platform for teams. It claims to be "the fastest-growing business application in history" with 9 million weekly active users. Free and paid subscriptions are available, and it integrates with some of the other cloud apps on this list, like Google Drive, GitHub, Dropbox and Box.

  • 9. Box

    9. Box

    Like Dropbox, Box offers cloud file-sharing services. However, it was designed primarily for business users and doesn't market a free service to consumers the way Dropbox does. In its most recent quarterly financial statement, it reported $122.9 million in revenue from 76,000 businesses that use its content management services.

  • 10. Intuit Software

    10. Intuit Software

    Intuit doesn't group its products together into a suite like some of the other cloud app vendors do, but it offers some of the most popular cloud-based financial software for consumers and small businesses. Its best-known products are the QuickBooks accounting software and TurboTax tax preparation software, both of which are available as cloud services. It also offers Mint, a cloud-based personal finance app. In its financial report for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, Intuit reported that QuickBooks Online subscribers climbed 56 percent to 2.55 million.

The cloud app market has become big business — and, like the cloud computing market itself, it's getting bigger all the time. According to Gartner, software as a service (SaaS) revenue will likely hit $58.6 billion this year, a 21 percent year-over-year increase. "Final data for 2016 shows that software as a service (SaaS) revenue was far greater in 2016 than expected, reaching $48.2 billion," stated Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. "SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast."

And according to IDC, SaaS is currently the largest segment in the public cloud, accounting for 68.7 percent of the total. By comparison, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) accounts for 17.8 percent of the market, and platform as a service (PaaS) accounts for 13.6 percent.

"Businesses now think 'cloud first' when it comes to their IT strategy and software footprint, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries," said Eric Newmark, a program vice president at IDC.

Clearly, cloud apps have become extremely popular, especially with business users. But which cloud apps are people using the most?

The slideshow that follows highlights ten of the most popular SaaS applications, based on their user numbers, growth, revenue and dominance of their markets.

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