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Cloud Storage Getting Cheaper

If you are not familiar with Cloud storage, it is simply a place you rent on a provider's servers to store your files. Of course to make the service more attractive, most Cloud storage accounts include some pretty nice features in addition to just storing your files.

A Cloud storage account is a great way to keep all your important files backed up and allows you to retrieve any file, any time on any device. Most Cloud Storage providers offer a small free account, but charge for accounts larger than a few gigabytes. The prices have dropped to a fraction of what they were just a year or two ago though. Below, we will compare the pricing and some of the features top providers, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive (previously Microsoft Sky Drive).


Google Drive Logo

Drop Box Logo

One Drive Logo

Provider

Google Drive

Drop Box

One Drive
(Office 365 Personal)

 

Free Space

15GB

2GB

15GB

Initial paid account size (larger available)

1TB for $9.99/month

1TB for $9.99/month

1TB for $6.99/month
Soon to be unlimited

Share files with others

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sync with multiple computers and mobile devices

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile Apps

Android
iPhone/iPad

Android
iPhone/iPad

Android
iPhone/iPad
Windows Phone

Automatic Camera Upload

Yes

Yes

Yes

Restore previous versions of modified or deleted files

30 Days

30 Days Included
1 Year for upcharge

30 Days

Microsoft Office Apps on all your devices

No

No

Yes

As you can see, the pricing and features are similar with Microsoft having some serious advantages. They are a little cheaper, they will soon take the limit of their accounts and, believe it or not, they include Microsoft Office. That means you can have Microsoft Word and other apps on your tablet, phone and computer included in the $6.99 per month.

 

Posted by Charles Swihart on 11/1/2014

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