Cloud is the next hot thing and yes , Cloud War is on ! The evergreen lovable Dropbox gets more competitors namely Google’s Google Drive , Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud . There are a dozen more of these kinda services but these 4 are the most prestigious and most powerful in this Cloud era . Lets see what features are provided by them and which one’s you should be choosing …
1] Google Drive
Google announced its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service , providing users with 5GB of free storage integrated with Pure Google Docs and other Google services.The launch of Google Drive comes as several other cloud storage services have extended their services in recent days. Drive features a built-in document editor on par with Microsoft’s online Office suite that’s part of SkyDrive. You can’t yet use Drive with multiple Google accounts which are the only cons .
25GB for $2.49/month
100GB for $4.99/month
200GB for $9.99/month
2] Microsoft’s SkyDrive
SkyDrive is to Microsoft what Drive is to Google .It started by offering 7GB of free storage . Just like Google DOcs , you can use SkyDrive to edit and sync Office documents created using OneNote and other Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the go for free within your browser [Not restricted to IE ]. If your sharing PC is turned on, you can access all your files using SkyDrive’s “Fetch” feature . Also you can share public links, view-only private links, and view/edit private links. The only thing worse is that there’s no sharing yet from the Mac and you can’t download items for offline viewing on all mobile platforms. Pricing: 45GB for $10/year; 75GB for $25/year; 125GB for $50/year.
45GB for $10/yr
75GB for $25/yr
125GB for $50/yr
3] Apple’s iCLoud
iCloud is the soul of Apple fanboys having more than one Apple devices – iPhone , iPad , iPod , iMac because of the feature to sync data into a cloud storage It had replaced Apple’s MobileMe service which was acting as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, to-do lists, and other data and as of 2012, the service has over 100 million users ! iCloud is one of the elementary document-syncing solution and still it’s the simplest one to use. To use iCloud , you need a device with iOS 5 or a MAC with OS X Lion 10.7.2 and that;s the only limiting factor of this service .
10GB for $20/yr
20GB for $40/yr
50GB for $100/yr
Dropbox is the most famous and easy go-to solution for syncing files across multiple devices . That’s what makes it super-awesome ! It’s user-friendly and with a couple clicks you can share files and it offers lotsa settings for you to mess up. Dropbox recently launched a new feature that makes it easier for non-Dropbox people to use files stored in the cloud. Using the new collaboration feature, Dropbox subscribers now can send a Web link connecting the files or folders in the account to non-Dropbox receivers using the service’s desktop, Web or mobile application. Any kind of data can be opened and viewed immediately without having to sign in .
Which comes out on top? Only you and your storage needs can say for sure …