Cloud sync is nothing new. It's just that web-based Email (one of the first 'cloud' services) came to prominence long enough ago that we don't really think of it as a cloud-based service.
As a college student, Dropbox and Evernote have made my life flippin' awesome. I can take notes on any device, mine or borrowed/public, and they're all immediately sync'd and searchable. As for Dropbox, there are only four folders on my desktop: one for each class, and each symbolically linked to Dropbox folders. Every document I create, I immediately save to the appropriate folder, and it is immediately available for view/review/editing on any internet-connected device anywhere.