Microsoft SkyDrive Adds Desktop Clients And Paid Upgrade Options, Threatens Existing Users' 25GB Of Storage

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Incognito

Thanks for the heads up - just upgraded to the 25 GB for free.

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sotoa

Thank you thank you for the heads up!! They really should have sent out an email warning at the very least!

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Engelsstaub

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Brad Chacos

Playing around with the Windows 7 app now; the files in your SkyDrive folder are available even when you're offline, the same as with Dropbox. Awesome! (Especially since I'm grandfathered in with 25GB.) No need to map SkyDrive as a network drive anymore, and you don't have to worry about waiting for files to download when you open them (as you did when mapping SkyDrive as a network Drive), as they're stored locally as well.

I like it a lot. Keeping the limit at 25GB would have made new Windows 8 users happier in the long run, methinks, but if MS keeps SkyDrive this simple and useful, I can definitely see everyday users spending money to increase their storage capacity and make their files appear on all their Windows 8 devices. Smart money-raising move, Microsoft.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

This is bull shit they offer Darwin BSD and iOS programs but not android or Linux? come on M$ don't be butt hurt...

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bandeezee

They offer a Windows phone app and an iPhone app, but no Android app? They would get a lot more adopters if they offered it for Android as well.

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Brad Chacos

Tell me about it! Fortunately, the mobile website for SkyDrive isn't completely useless, although its functionality is waaaaaaay nerfed compared to the WP7/iOS apps.

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ebeale

Do any of these apps for Andriod make it any better?
https://apps.live.com/skydrive/allapps

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Modred189

Well, I might have just replaced Dropbox with SKydrive, finally. I mean, 25gb for free? Plus integration with Office Web Apps etc? Yea... Nice.

ANyway, I'll give it a few weeks and try it out.

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Cy-Kill

I got my 25GB, not that I've ever actually used SkyDrive.

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big_montana

You got 25GB free if you signed up prior to April 22, otherwise you get 7GB

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Foxfire15

Well, for what it's worth, 7>2 so Skydrive still wins on the free end of things.

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Cy-Kill

If Google Drive is real, they are going to either have to match the amount MS gives with SkyDrive, or double it, because as it stands SkyDrive is the only worth while one at the moment.

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bandeezee

I wouldn't say DropBox is completely out of the picture now. With a couple of easy button clicks, your account goes from 2GB to 4GB. If you get some of your friends to join using your code, it can go all the way up to 8GB. Plus you get a free Dropbox app on your Android device as well.

Yes, that's nowhere near 25GB, but if you're a new user, you're only getting 7GB anyway. I'm not saying it's better, but for new cloud drive people with an Android, DropBox is still a viable option.

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livebriand

I used the adwords trick and participated in the beta client testing for dropbox, and I now have nearly 24GB. :D I'm keeping skydrive in mind though, now that they finally made a desktop client that works with all of the storage in my account.

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