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Acer takes to the cloud with AcerCloud service, to launch in Q2 2012

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Acer has today offered a glimpse at its upcoming AcerCloud cloud software, to launch on its PC products in Q2 of this year.

AcerCloud picstream
AcerCloud picstream

Acer has today announced its entrance into the cloud computing space with a feature dubbed AcerCloud. The company says the service — which will be bundled with Acer consumer PCs beginning in the second quarter of this year and available worldwide in Q4 — "securely connects all personal smart devices for anytime, anywhere access." Both media libraries and documents will be synced across connected products including smartphones and tablets; Android will be supported at launch, with Acer promising compatibility with Windows-based devices in the future.

AcerCloud's PicStream / clear.fi Photo component automatically stores cellphone-captured photos for a period of 30 days, during which they can be permanently backed up to a user's PC. Documents adhere to a similar schedule, available for 30 days and providing an option for permanent download during that stretch. The manufacturer's freshly-unveiled Always Connect technology serves as a major backbone of AcerCloud, allowing files to be retrieved from Acer PCs even when in hibernation mode. Further, the service combines local and cloud storage to ensure that those local files are available when needed.

We're live from the company's CES press conference right now, so you'll want to follow along there for the absolute latest.