Look out Dropbox and Google Drive, Microsoft seems poised to compete for customers with its made-over SkyDrive personal cloud storage service. Redmond on Wednesday re-launched the service once known as SkyDrive as OneDrive.
OneDrive is a free personal cloud storage service that consumers can use to store photos, videos and documents. Better than its predecessor, OneDrive offers new features, like improved video sharing and newly updated apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Xbox.
“When someone picks up their phone, tablet or any other device, they just want all of their favorite photos and the documents they need at their fingertips -- they don’t want to have to hunt for them,” said Chris Jones, corporate vice president of OS Services at Microsoft. “That’s the lens we are taking with OneDrive. "We’re building it right into all of the latest Microsoft devices and services -- from Xbox to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 to Office -- but we’re also making sure it’s available on the Web and across all other platforms including iOS and Android, so your photos, videos and files are all available anytime you need them.”
Giving Away the Cloud
According to a recent Microsoft-commissioned online study, at least 77 percent of cloud-familiar consumers have content stored on a device that is not backed up elsewhere, and 69 percent would rather lose the device itself than the content that’s stored on it. With OneDrive, Microsoft said people don’t have to make that choice. OneDrive offers 7 GB of free storage. That’s the equivalent of more than 7,000 photos.
One of the most interesting new features that OneDrive brings to the market is automatic camera backup for Android. The feature works to make it easier for customers to get their photos from their Android phones to their other devices -- and video transcoding -- making videos as easy to store, view and share as photos.
Beyond the free 7GB of storage, customers can purchase storage in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB increments. Current customers who refer friends can receive up to 5 GB of free storage (in 500MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive. What’s more, current customers will be able to use their existing SkyDrive credentials to access their files in OneDrive. Customers can also receive 3 GB of free storage by utilizing the camera backup feature. Finally, Microsoft is giving the first 100,000 customers who access their OneDrive account after the launch an additional 100 GB of complimentary storage for one year.
Cloud Storage Wars
We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on OneDrive’s new look and how it will impact the cloud storage market. He told us cloud storage wars are great for consumers.
“The various services, Box, Google, Microsoft and DropBox, offer generally comparable plans with some pricing and storage limits differences. Consumers will thus likely be drawn to the company they have the most experience with or trust most,” Sterling said. “I don't think the rebranding itself matters much -- SkyDrive vs. OneDrive. What matters is whether Microsoft promotes OneDrive and explains its value to consumers.”
Posted: 2014-03-12 @ 4:01am PT
Would rather have a hard drive I could smash to bits rather than give away my privacy for free on a server I can't control. FB I send what I don't care about, but my personal files naaa....
Posted: 2014-03-11 @ 2:49am PT
Could not be less interested in Microsofts garbage. Will keep my own backup on my own storage. Thanks but no thanks.
Posted: 2014-03-05 @ 4:25pm PT
Hey "CloudExpert" I realize Copy is planning on WebDAV but when will that actually happen? Egnyte has it, DriveHQ has it, Box has it... nice business option though. Definitely going to keep considering Copy lol....
Posted: 2014-03-04 @ 8:45pm PT
Google drive is light years ahead. One thing Microsoft should stop doing is changing the name of their products and services frequently.
Posted: 2014-03-04 @ 4:32pm PT
i use google drive for school and i still have lots of space left
Posted: 2014-03-03 @ 6:01am PT
I'd add Copy to the mix: you get a 20GB free account if you sign up here; https://copy.com?r=8zPsfr and it's not got the shady user agreement of Dropbox.
You get an extra 5gb for every person you invite, with no upper limit. I've currently got a free 265gb in my account, and that's for life!
If you share a folder, the space is shared between all people (so if I share a 20gb folder with three other people, it only counts as five gb per person). Plus the mobile app is the best out of the lot - google drive is awful and DropBox leaves a lot to be desired!
Posted: 2014-03-02 @ 6:42pm PT
I bought Surface 2, and I got FREE 200Gb of One Drive + Premium Skype for 1 year.
Posted: 2014-03-02 @ 2:57pm PT
I use it and love it. It is very well integrated with office 2013, which I use a lot.
Posted: 2014-03-02 @ 1:14pm PT
Sorry Microsoft. After what you got caught doing there's no way I'm sharing any additional personal information with you than I need to.
Plus I've got my entire climate setup with Google which is considerably more user friendly from what I've found.
Plus 100gb of online storage free for two years with my chromebook? Thanks but no thanks.
Posted: 2014-03-01 @ 11:06pm PT
google drive is best storage device...
Posted: 2014-03-01 @ 12:03pm PT
And i'm using copy from Baracuda. 15GB for free + 5GB for each referral.
Posted: 2014-02-28 @ 7:07am PT
I prefer DropBox and have used it for years both personally and in a business environment. The biggest challenge that they face is they provide a service that is easily replicated by any number of companies, including powerful ones like Google , Amazon and Microsoft. The services are a dime a dozen right now and they way I see it, there are two things that can set a company apart: 1) tight integration with multiple platforms and 2) lots of storage space. Dropbox is doing a great job on the integration front. But right now, they are getting pressure on the storage space issue. So right now I am making the switch to a product by Barracuda called Copy. They start you out with 20GB of space (more than I have on DropBox after years) and with referrals of 5GB a pop it can go up quickly from there. Check it out at https://copy.com?r=BlX7tm.
Posted: 2014-02-26 @ 6:32pm PT
One Big Drive is a consolidated cloud storage company who started their site and services 3-4 weeks prior to Microsofts One Drive and has many of the same features. This is probably the biggest issue for Microsoft and their name choice. OneBigDrive.com will probably start litigation or sue Microsoft at some point if Microsoft doesn't buy them out first. They are a publicly traded company at PTPF so this may get interesting.
Posted: 2014-02-23 @ 1:15am PT
Look out Dropbox and Google Drive? Google drive gives you 15gb for free... so... yeah...
Posted: 2014-02-21 @ 4:48pm PT
They didn't do much for the "trust" component when they made the switch-over without explaining to current Skydrive users what was going on and what to expect. Imagine one's panic when one goes to open a file in Skydrive from the desktop only to learn that the file cannot be read. Eventually, the intrepid figure out they can open said files using the tile on the startup page but not from a shortcut on the desktop. It's enough to make Dropbox look really good!
Posted: 2014-02-20 @ 5:45pm PT
I think a lot of things said in this article are true, but more could have been said. Sure, consumers won't care much about the prices, but enterprises will, especially since unlike consumers they're going to have additional user charges. Also, I can't help but mention, I find it funny that "CloudExpert" is promoting a company that is "planning to allow" WebDAV, when there are companies that already "allow" that. At the very least, my company DriveHQ does.
Posted: 2014-02-20 @ 1:28pm PT
Wish i could transfer over all the stuff that was in my skydrive....but it appears to have disappeared.
Posted: 2014-02-20 @ 12:53am PT
Don’t worry if you didn’t get the 100Gb. Join Copy (https://copy.com?r=uPMD9f) which offers 15GB on joining up and 5GB bonus for each referral. You can easily build 100Gb for life with the referral program and even Tb. It is available on ios, android and windows desktop and it is planning to allow WebDAV which would enable you to map it as a network drive.
Posted: 2014-02-19 @ 6:53pm PT
Nah, I'm pretty sure that each of the competitors are going to continue to pale in comparison to Dropbox!