Cloud storage is available in many different shapes and sizes. The ability to synchronize and have access to your files on smartphones, tablets, laptops, workstations, and collaborating with other people has made this “must have” technology for many.
The big 3 (Google, Apple, and Microsoft) all have their own offerings tying into their software and devices. Dropbox was one of the first available. Choosing a solution depends on what you want to do and what devices you own.
iCloud is really a single user solution and doesn’t work well for collaborating. It also has small file size limits. However it is fantastic for people who own Apple devices (iphones, ipads, macs) and use iTunes.
Google Drive is integral with their Google Docs web applications and is an easy web based solution.
SkyDrive hooks in great with Microsoft products, connects natively with Windows 8, and is the only solution for Windows Phone. Check out my prior post regarding sharing photos on SkyDrive.
Dropbox is fantastic for sharing files among different devices and with other people.
Here is a quick summary of the 4 offerings:
- 5 GB Free
- Additional Storage 50 GB is $100/yr
- Windows, Mac, iOS
- Great with Mac, iOS, and iTunes
- Small limit on file sizes (25 MB with the free and 250 MB with any paid)
- 7 GB Free
- Additional Storage 100 GB is $50/yr
- Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone
- Works great and integrates with Microsoft Office and Windows
- 2 GB limit on maximum file size
- 15 GB Free
- Premium space: $59.88/year for 100GB
- Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
- Great with Google Docs and Web Applications
- 10 GB limit on maximum file size
- 2 GB Free
- Premium space: $99/year for 100GB
- Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Android, BlackBerry
- Great file synchronization with just about any program/app
- No limit on maximum file size