Have not tried storing data in the cloud? Here are some of the best options.
With storage in the cloud, you always have access to the documents, pictures, music, and the rest of your digital life.
Microsoft launched cloud service called under a new name. SkyDrive is now OneDrive, and Dropbox, Google Drive.
Making all these services the same job:
Simple and comprehensive cloud storage, syncing across devices.
Some offer automatic one-way backup custom folders to the cloud.
But the services have different strengths and weaknesses. The following should make it easier to assess what works best for you.
All services are available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. But Dropbox is compatibility winner, with separate versions also for Linux, Blackberry and Kindle Fire.
All are available as both free and paid services.
OneDrive is cheaper if you want to have 100GB of space. Google is most generous with free space with 15 GB. OneDrive provided with 7GB. Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage.
So which should you choose?
Are you living your digital life in the Windows universe, OneDrive a strong candidate. The service comes installed as part of Windows 8 and 8.1. We like sitting with earlier versions, you must download the application separately. Users of other operating systems can also use OneDrive, but it shows that the service is gear towards Windows users.
It is only with Windows 8.1 you get the really tight integration, where you also can browse and preview the files in OneDrive folder in Explorer, even if they are not stored locally on your computer. OneDrive also a very good and easy to use web solution. The service’s Achilles heel is the speed.
Google Drives biggest strength is its tight integration with other Google products. Do you already have an email account with Google, it’s very easy to get started. With your purchase you also get a simple office suite with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, as it is easy to share with others and work on together. One weakness is that Google Drive lacks automatic image upload via mobile app.
Market leader Dropbox ‘greatest strength is that it works seamlessly across operating systems, something I personally have benefited since 2007. Do you use multiple platforms in your computing experience, this might be the thing. The applications are well designed and easy to use, but you will have much storage space, it quickly becomes expensive with Dropbox.