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iCloud Meets SkyDrive

Microsoft clearly beat Apple to market with cloud services like Windows Live and SkyDrive. That didn't stop Apple fan boys (and girls) from gushing all over iCloud.

Microsoft is answering Apple, and raising the stakes with SkyDrive for Windows Phone 1.0.

While the name says Windows, it will also store data for Apple machines such as iPod Touch (which connects via WiFi), iPad and the iPhone.

Most iPhones, iPads and iPods have modest storage. With 25 GB free, Microsoft is giving away more than Apple usually makes users pay for -- at least when it comes to local storage.

I use Dropbox. What do you use for free cloud storage? Tell us what and why at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/16/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Fri, Dec 16, 2011

Using Windows Live Mesh and it works reasonably well, though the previous Live Mesh Beta was in my opinion far cooler. It had things like explorer level integration with rt-click suppt, folder color changed to indicate a sync'd folder, 'news' indicating what's changed, a very cool web UI which resembled a Windows desktop and so on. By comparison Win Live Mesh is ok but omits those items which made it a bit more usable and kind of fun. Hope they bring that stuff back.

Fri, Dec 16, 2011 Mark USA

I've been a longtime user of Sugar Sync (www.sugarsync.com) and so far have not signed on to iCloud or ever used the Dropbox account I signed up for years ago. I should note that I have always used the paid version. Perhaps I'm a fool but I get tired of people thinking they deserve things for free, and if I use something every day and trust my important data to it I pay for it. Okay - the reason I like Sugar Sync is that I can easily share and unshare ANY folder on any of my Macs or Windows machines and I can decide which other machines they are synced to, or if it is just to the cloud, where I can access files easily from my iPad. I love that I can easily share large files with other people without having to move the file to some special location, just share it. I've liked that it is unobtrusive - I'm a compulsive resource watcher (thanks iStat Menus) and SugarSync never has given me trouble. I like that I can adjust the upload speed so it doesn't hog my bandwidth when I first share a large folder or drop a new file in a shared folder. I suppose the main reason I use it is because it just works. I guess that's the best endorsement I can think of - it just works. My files are always accessible and I never have to carry or look for a thumb drive. I've never used the photo or music sharing capabilities (I'm Pandora One subscriber and a Flickr Pro member - both services good enough to pay for). Despite all this I will take a look at the new Microsoft offering. The first software I ever used that synced folders was FolderShare - which Microsoft purchased and turned into Microsoft Live Sync. It worked great but MS charged too much for what they were giving back then so I moved on. It sounds like they are giving good value again if it works.

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