For this write up. I am going to compare dropbox and skydrive. Both of these cloud services are great in their own way.
Before I get into this I am going to tell you what inspired me. Well recently I got a new PC from a friend of mine. It was a bare bone Asus P8Z68 Deluxe motherboard with a beastly Intel core i7 2600k and a nice looking HAF case (Thank's Almin) So since I got all this new PC parts I decided to build it. I purchased a new Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B from bestbuy locally and used a price match with amazon.com I got the drive for $100.
Anyways, I came home, installed windows 7 (not going to switch to windows 8) then started to make my new home into this PC. I kept my old drives with all of my work backed up in it as a slave drive. Well today...One of my 1TB slave drives with all my work in it crapped out. So It drove me to look for a good cloud solution.
So here we go with the dropbox vs skydrive cloud service.
Dropbox was the first cloud solution I went with when I decided to go into the cloud. First thing comes to mind when people think of a cloud services is dropbox. When or if you decide to upgrade your space it will run you roughly $9.99 per month or $99 per year for 100GB of storage. It currently supports Windows, OS X and Linux. It also supports Androids, iPad's, iPhone's and blackberry mobile devices. It also has a good set of file recovering features. Dropbox also has a package for business which is very helpful but a bit more pricey. It supports 5 users and up to 1,000GB or more of storage.
Another feature they have that I like is the referral system. For each friend you invite to dropbox you get 500MB added to your account. So do me a favor, if you do not have a dropbox account sign up now by clicking here
Skydrive is another great cloud solution and has been around for a while now. Currently beats dropbox's free feature. Where dropbox allows you only 2GB of free space and Skydrive allows you 7GB! Right now as far as I know it supports Windows, OS X, iPad's, iPhone's and Android devices and also the Windows Phones. If you were lucky enough and signed up with skydrive before hand, then you would have got 25GB of free storage compared to the now 7GB free storage but 7GB is still 3.5x more than what dropbox offers as a free solution. As for the pricing of skydrive, well...it too offers a better price at this time. As of now you can get 100GB of storage for $50.00 per year. The downfall is they do not have a monthly plan and you will only be able to get the 1 year plan but it is still $50 cheaper than dropbox.
So Here is a rundown of the two cloud services.
- 2GB Free Space
- 100GB = $9.99 per month or $99 per year
- Referral system to get you up to 18GB (500MB each user)
- Ability to pay monthly rather than only yearly
- 7GB Free Space
- 100GB = $50 per year
- No referral system
- No monthly plans.
Both great cloud services...Tough decision to choose a winner. You decide.