As many of you may know, I’ve been a HUGE advocate of Dropbox over the years. You get a free 2GB of offline storage, which can be upgraded if you ever need more space. The greatest benefit of the service, however, is that it is automatic. I save files on my local hard drive, and they are automatically synced to my online Dropbox storage. That’s huge. I’m currently subscribed to get 100GB of storage from them, and it costs $199 a year. We store our entire collection of family photos, videos, files, etc. in there, with the confidence that if something terrible happened to our computers (or our house), our data would be safe.
Now, some of you just balked at that price. $199 annually seems like a big chunk of cash for 100GB of storage. Take a step back from it now. If your house burned down last week, how much would you be willing to pay to get all of your children’s photos back? I’m betting that price is higher than $200.
Anyways, this article is actually a discussion of Dropbox vs. Skydrive. Last week, I would have told you a story about how Skydrive is this service that Microsoft has had for years, and it gives you 25GB of cloud storage for free. In fact, if you have a Windows Live ID, you already have a SkyDrive account. But, there wasn’t a great way to sync with it. There were some workarounds, like mapping your SkyDrive as a drive on your computer, but it was awkward, and wasn’t automatic, which is without question the greatest feature of Dropbox.
Yesterday, however, that story changed. Skydrive now has an application that is available for Windows 7, Vista, and Windows 8, in addition to Mac. It provides all of the functionality of the Dropbox that I’ve known and loved, plus some surprises I wasn’t expecting.
- All of the functionality of Dropbox, but it starts at 7GB, instead of 2GB.
- If you log in this week, they’ll let you keep your 25GB of storage for free.
- Upgrade prices are SIGNIFICANTLY less expensive than Dropbox. Remember that 100GB I was paying $199 a year for? Skydrive offers an additional 100GB for $50 a year.
- By linking your computers to your Skydrive account, you not only get online access to all of the files you stored in your Skydrive, you also get online access to all of the files on your computers that are connected.
- On Windows Phone, all of my files are already synced to my Skydrive account, so now I don’t have to manually move them to my Dropbox for backup.
Needless to say, this is the first time that I’ve ever dropped a service or product that I absolutely loved. But the price and functionality of Dropbox just got destroyed by Skydrive. I’ll be switching today.
To read more about the new features of Skydrive, you can check out the full article by Steven Sinofsky.