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The SkyDrive Is Falling

This week Microsoft made its SkyDrive cloud storage service better -- then made it way worse. First, the good part: You can now upload folders and bigger files, files as huge as 2GB. The bad news: New users can only upload three of these puppies, as the new limit for the free service is 7GB, down from the formerly generous 25GB.

Compared to Google Drive, SkyDrive is downright roomy. Google only offers 5GB on the house.

In both cases the vendors hope you'll fall in love, run out of room and pay for the premium service. And if you're an existing SkyDrive user, you can upgrade now and keep the original 25GB.

As for me, I'll stick with Carbonite for backup and DropBox for file sharing.

What do you use for remote file access, synchronization and so on, and are thumb drives as passé as Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers?

Answers welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/25/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, May 7, 2012

NEVER to Carbonite; YES to DropBox and SKYDRIVE :):):)

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 Randy Wisconsin

I work for several Municipalities that barely have enough bandwidth for email and browsing yet alone backups! The larger ones usually have formal IT Departments and prefer localized backups anyway. I do use Dropbox every now and then to get files to customers, but other than that I keep everything local. Not everyone is on board with Cloud Storage...

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 MARK NEFF AKRON, OH

As others have pointed out, if you're a current user you can get 25GB free. And the new SkyDrive integrates directly into Windows Explorer, so it appears as a local folder and can be directly accessed by any Windows program. I don't think DropBox can do this. You can even point Windows special folders (Favorites, Documents, etc.) to the SkyDrive folder or add it to libraries. It also syncs almost instantly across PCs. I'm just hoping that MS doesn't replace LiveMesh with it, because with LiveMesh you can sync local folders between PCs without using up your SkyDrive quota.

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 make Finland

As MS states: "any registered SkyDrive user *who has uploaded files to SkyDrive* as of April 22nd can opt in to keep 25GB of free storage while still getting all of the benefits of the new service." If you have put stuff into SkyDrive earlier you can get your quota back to 25 GB from here: https://skydrive.live.com/ManageStorage. Probably a good idea to do that before this offer expires.

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 Wes MacDonald Ottawa, Canada

I welcome the changes to SkyDrive and the broad device support now available. I have been a long time SkyDrive/Mesh user and dropped the 50 bucks for the 100Gb upgrade already :) My online backup right now is JungleDisk and I love it.

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 Fabian Simental

Currently I'm using SkyDrive, and I have 25 GB that limit, 7 GB limit its only for new users i dont know if they will get more space in the future, anyway it has more space than Dropbox or G Drive xD

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