The convenience of cloud storage is undeniable: your data and media at your fingertips from any Internet-connected device—what’s not to like? And there’s certainly no shortage of options to choose from, most of which are totally free up to a certain capacity. The trick is deciding which cloud service to use. After all, there are notable differences between them. Some are ideal for security mavens who want to preserve their anonymity (and the anonymity of their data). Others are better for folks just looking for a massive dumping ground for a ton of data. And still others are geared toward those keen on sharing all sorts of files with their friends and colleagues. In this roundup, we’ll break it all down for you and identify the strongest cloud storage services. We’ll also show you how to encrypt files that you store online and how to combine multiple cloud-storage accounts into one unified pot.
Note: This article was originally featured in our November 2013 issue of the magazine.
Microsoft's rebranded SkyDrive service, now known as OneDrive, is now available globally, the Redmond outfit announced in a blog post today. If you're already a registered SkyDrive user, don't fret, your data is still there. Furthermore, there are a few incentives to sign back in (or sign up to OneDrive), such as a new automatic camera backup feature for Android, along with different ways to increase your storage ceiling.
It's time to say goodbye to SkyDrive and hello to OneDrive, the new name Microsoft is giving its cloud-based file storage service launched back in 2007. Why the name change, and why now? It has to do with a trademark dispute filed by British Sky Broadcasting, known as BSkyB, and subsequent settlement back in July of last year in which Microsoft agreed to a name change.
If you're a lucky owner of a Windows Phone or have a giftee in mind who would love some extra storage space, it's about to be one happy holiday! Microsoft is offering extra SkyDrive storage for free in an email announcement sent to all Windows Phone users. That's 20 GB of free storage up for grabs (active for a year) so all told, 27 GB of storage simply or being a Windows Phone user!
Windows 8.1 is here and no, Microsoft has not removed the modern UI. So to make the best of the situation, we decided to update our best Windows 8 apps story by adding over 20 new app recommendations! We've got game suggestions, picks for best RSS reader, and more.
SkyDrive integration is a key part of the upcoming update
Not only is cloud storage service SkyDrive set to become an integral part of Windows with the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, but Redmond is also trying to make the whole thing smarter. To this end, the company has introduced “smart files.”
The English High Court had recently ruled against MS in a trademark claim filed by British Sky Broadcasting
Microsoft was the first truly big tech company to jump on the cloud storage bandwagon when it launched Windows Live Folders in August 2007. Within days of its initial release, the service had its name changed to Windows Live SkyDrive. Now, the cloud storage service, which has come a long way in terms of features and functionality since then, is once again about to have its name changed.
Another Windows Blue build has found its way onto the Web — the second in less than a month — amid murmurs about the possibility of Microsoft addressing two of humanity’s biggest gripes about its Windows 8 operating system when it launches the “Blue” update later this year.
After years of rumors and whispers, Google finally released its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service in April, combining Dropbox-like synching abilities and a PC client with the company’s Google Docs service. Microsoft could have waved the white flag; instead, it released an excellent update for its own SkyDrive service, adding many of the features found in Google Drive. The chips are on the table and there’s only one question left: Which cloud storage service is better?
With so many cloud computing storage services available to you, you don’t ever truly need to pay for online storage. When your 2GB DropBox runs out, you can always get 5 free gigs from Amazon. When that runs out, why not open up a SkyDrive account for an additional 7GB? The only problem with cloud computing is that your files get spread out over different services, which can make it harder to find things, and can also increase your exposure to risk of losing access to files. If you use 3 online cloud services, there’s three times the chance that some of your files will be inaccessible at any given time, due to service outage. In this article, we’ll show you how to mitigate both of these problems, by using GoodSync to keep an up-to-date local backup of all the files on multiple cloud computing storage services.