Soonr brings cloud-computing to Apple iPhone

Soonr allows iPhone owners to access their business documents on their PC as well as contacts, calendars and emails on the go.

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Soonr allows iPhone owners to access their business documents on their PC as well as contacts, calendars and emails on the go.

The free application, available from the Apple App Store, makes files stored on PCs computer accessible via an iPhone, allowing business workers to view, comment, and print documents when away from desks.

According to Soonr, the application backs up files - Soonr supports 30 file types - in a “personal cloud” that you can access from your phone.

The developer says that Soonr automatically maintains the latest versions of these documents, saving users the hassle of having to upload files every time they are changed. A Dashboard screen within the iPhone app shows you what files are available, recently added, or changed since the last secure log-on. Soonr also touts its app as a collaboration tool - which means business workers could share documents, or comment on documents.

Soonr also displays presentations, spreadsheets and text files on the iPhone, allowing users to zoom and scroll with the customary touchscreen finger gestures.

Finally, there’s a print command, allow users to print up documents directly from the iPhone, even to a remote printer. As an example, Soonr says, you would be able to access a quarterly report from your iPhone while you’re at the airport and send it to your boss’s printer.

The company has posted a demonstration video for Soonr at YouTube.

The App Store version of Soonr is free. The company also plans to offer it as a richly-featured white label service through mobile operators and software-as-a-service providers.

In Denmark, for example, TeliaSonera Denmark offers a version of Soonr called Sky Files; Soonr says it’s the fourth-most downloaded business app in the Danish App Store. Look for additional partners to join forces with Soonr in 2009.