We have seen in the previous articles about Google Drive ( Which is an Online Storage option started by Google ), even Microsoft has come up with online storage concept – SkyDrive….

Amid the excitement over Google Drive, the search giant’s new Dropbox competitor, Microsoft recently improved a similar online sync and storage service, SkyDrive. Microsoft added the ability to store files online and sync across multiple devices right from your Windows or OS X desktop. That puts SkyDrive squarely in competition with Dropbox and Drive, five years after Microsoft first introduced its online storage solution in 2007.

If you’re looking for a new service to sync and store files across multiple devices and the cloud, you should give SkyDrive a serious look. Not only do you get more free storage, but you’ll also have an easier time managing online documents and you get free remote access to your home PC while you’re on the go. Google Drive may be the current media darling, but for people just looking to get some work done here’s why you should give SkyDrive a try.

5 Reasons why SkyDrive is better than Google Drive

Microsoft Office Formats

Drive may offer deep integration with Google Docs, but Google Docs file formats do not offer deep integration with the rest of the productivity software world. If you want to edit a document in Google Docs you have to convert that file to Google’s online formats. It doesn’t matter if your original file was a simple text or HTML document, or the world’s de facto standard, a Microsoft Office format. All of these files must be converted to Docs format before you can edit them. So when you download a native Docs file from Google Docs to your Drive folder, you are downloading a link that opens the document in your browser instead of the actual file.

More Free Storage

 SkyDrive offers 7GB of free storage to its users, an extra 2GB of free storage compared to Drive’s initial 5GB. That’s about 400 more photos you can cram into SkyDrive. Also, if you were a SkyDrive user before the recent switch to 7GB of free storage, you can reclaim your free 25GB of storage by visiting SkyDrive’s Manage Storage page.

Better Mobile Support, for Now

SkyDrive is not just on Microsoft’s homegrown Windows Phone platform, you can also get SkyDrive on your iPhone or iPad. That’s perhaps not as extensive as Dropbox, which is available on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS, and Drive will have a larger reach once it supports both Android and iOS. But for the moment SkyDrive has the upper hand.

Better Pricing, More Realistic Options

Remote Access

An added bonus with SkyDrive’s desktop client, at least for Windows, is that it effectively gives you remote access to your PC via SkyDrive.com. So if you are on the road and need to access a file that is not in your SkyDrive folder, as long as your desktop at home is powered up, retrieving that file won’t be a problem. This feature also requires two-factor authentication such as a secondary access code sent to your mobile phone or alternate e-mail address. That prevents a bad actor from accessing your PC if your Windows Live credentials are stolen.

If you haven’t given SkyDrive a look recently, you should check it out, especially if you’re running a Windows machine.

Courtesy: http://www.pcworld.com

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Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year )

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