Some of the biggest players in the cloud computing market include Apple, Google and Amazon. There is a fourth name as well – Microsoft, but this is one of the less hyped ones. Apple and Google have been making splashes in the cloud computing market with their recent product launches, but Microsoft has been silently developing and further polishing its cloud services for over the past five years and even though you might not call it the next biggest cloud computing product, it is definitely comparable to its over-hyped competitors.
The company seems to have been spying on its competitors to shell out more lucrative features and going by the current state of affairs, it definitely looks like Microsoft is after all going to make a splash in the cloud computing market with SkyDrive.
The developers have redesigned the product to give it a more modern look and the biggest glitch that was earlier there has been taken care of as well. The user no longer needs to use Windows Live Mesh to access the syncing capability of the product. The SkyDrive is also being considered as a cornerstone of Microsoft’s much-awaited product Windows 8.
It seems that SkyDrive can definitely match up with its more hyped counterparts because it offers all the regular features such as accessibility of documents from all kinds of devices, the ability to segregate data based on its type and also on a sturdy security system that promises to keep your data iron clad.
Just like Google, Microsoft also allows everyone without a Microsoft account to have a SkyDrive account. You just need to be any Microsoft product user and that includes Hotmail and Outlook. Every user gets 7 GB of free storage space and if you have been a Microsoft fan for quite some time you’re going to get a bonus of an additional 18 GB. This compares (or otherwise) against Delphi DB free storage offered by Apple and Google drive and the 2 GB free storage offered by Dropbox.
If you need any more space, you are going to be poor by $10 a year for an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive space. The pricing structure is as competitive as it gets and is way better than at least Apple – brushing shoulders with the other two close competitors Google and Amazon.
As far as syncing and accessing data is concerned, the concept is pretty much standard just like most other service providers. Microsoft prefers to call this device cloud and this absolutely makes sense because the product works seamlessly with all kinds of devices and applications that run on Windows. And, there’s definitely some bonus for Windows phone users – Windows phone users can upload photos automatically onto the camera roll of SkyDrive. This just makes things easier and faster. This then compared to Google Drive and Android Play definitely comes out as a hands-down winner because those two don’t offer such kind of services and once you get used to it, it’s pretty simple to use and somewhat addictive.
There have been a lot of complaints, especially from Apple users that they cannot access their photos on the Apple cloud easily and Microsoft it seems has the right kind of stuff to attract those disappointed users.
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