Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for two years
It's getting to be all-out warfare in the low-cost computing market. In response to the growing interest in cheap Chromebooks, Intel and Microsoft have been working together to push sub-$200 Windows laptops into the market place through its hardware partners. That's caused Chromebooks to come down in price as well, but it isn't stopping there. Google today announced that new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years at no additional cost.
Your Office 365 subscription just became a better deal than it was yesterday. That's because Microsoft just announced that all Office 365 subscribers are being upgraded from 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage to unlimited space. The unlimited upgrade started rolling out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers, and will continue over the coming months and into 2015 to include Business customers as well.
The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data.
OneDrive's file size limit increases from 2GB to 10GB
In a forum post back in August responding to a user inquiry about OneDrive's low file size limit, Microsoft insisted that the 2GB ceiling wasn't an arbitrary restriction, though conceded it's become obsolete in today's broadband landscape. Microsoft said it was working on increasing the limit, and so it has -- OneDrive now supports file sizes up to 10GB, an 8GB bump over the previous max.
Dropbox helped popularize the concept of cloud storage, and in effort to remain relevant (and competitive), it's now offering users more storage for less money, and simplifying things to boot. Instead of offering users a choice of 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB of storage priced at $10, $20, and $50 per month, respectively, Dropbox is now touting a single Pro plan with 1TB of storage for $10 per month or $99 per year.
Pleased with initial feedback on ‘customer development units’
Seagate on Thursday reported its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 27, 2014. The company exited the quarter with some decent numbers, reporting gross margin of 28 percent and net income of $320 million on quarterly revenue of $3.3 billion. But if we ever feel the urge to cast our mind back to the fourth quarter of company’s fiscal 2014, it’s more likely to be on account of the insanely large capacity enterprise hard drives it began shipping during the period than those numbers.
Over a year back, Adobe abandoned its pay-once, use-forever Creative Suite in favor of a subscription-based app distribution model. Despite the ensuing furor, the company’s recurring annual revenue from Creative Cloud subscriptions has grown to over $1.20 billion. That being said, the company seems willing to address some of the gripes of its over 2.4 million Creative Cloud subscribers — well, especially where Lightroom users are concerned.
SugarSync lost a portion of its fan base when it decided to cease offering a free tier in favor of paid-only subscriptions. Since then, we haven't heard a whole lot from SugarSync, until today. SugarSync just retooled its desktop application to make it easier to use and more powerful than before, beginning with one-click access to folders, devices, and shared files, the company said.
Big price reductions accompany increases in cloud storage capacity
Microsoft is doing its present and future customers a solid by offering more OneDrive storage space for less money. We're not talking about small increases simply to make headlines, either -- Microsoft today announced that OneDrive will come with 15GB for free, up from 7GB, while all versions of Office 365 will come with 1TB of OneDrive storage. That sound you just heard was the gauntlet being dropped on the competition.
New capacities and cloud capabilities highlight Seagate's latest batch of Wireless Plus HDDs
Seagate this week unveiled a new family of Wireless Plus mobile storage solutions that offer more capacity and features than the previous generation. The Wireless Plus line is now available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and come with integrated cloud services, including Dropbox and Google Drive. These are designed for a wide range of mobile devices and platforms, such as Android tablets and smartphones, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 PCs, and just about any device with Wi-Fi connectivity.