Dropbox vs Gdrive vs Skydrive.
which is the best?
Dropbox is a pretty notorious cloud startup known for its ease-of-use and functionality. While only offering 2GB of storage space, Dropbox is the most cross-platform cloud service of the bunch – it has clients for Windows, OS X, and Linux, as well as iOS (iPad and iPhone), Android, and even Blackberry – and it makes collaboration quite simple. It also has a good set of file recovering features; a one-month history of your work is kept, you can undo changes to files and even undelete them.
Finally, there’s also Dropbox Teams, which allows you to get 1,000GB or more storage for a more costly rate. Helpful for businesses especially who have need for such cloud storage and collaboration tools.
Google Drive presents as a folder in Windows and on the Mac, but it is as much an extension of Google Apps, the online office suite, as it is a storage service. This can introduce friction. Documents in Google Apps appear there, with extensions like .gdoc and .gsheet, and if you double-click them they open in your web browser. Offline editing is not supported. Still, you do not have to use Google Apps with Google Drive. Another issue is that Google may trawl your data to personalise your advertising and so on, which is uncomfortable – though when it comes to paid-for or educational services, Google says:
\”Note that there is no ad-related scanning or processing in Google Apps for Education or Business with ads disabled \”
Google Drive can be upgraded to 16TB, which is a factor if you want huge capacity online.
SkyDrive has been around for quite some time now, and while it bested Dropbox in free storage space – offering 25GB – it lacked in features. Until today at least; Microsoft has just pushed out a pretty major update to the cloud storage service. Now, SkyDrive desktop clients have been released for Windows and OS X, and the existing iOS and Windows Phone SkyDrive apps have received an update as well. You can even remotely browse and snag the files on your PC quickly and securely from anywhere in the world that you have an Internet connection.
Now, as Microsoft determined that most SkyDrive users only require 7GB or less of storage, they have actually knocked down the amount of free storage from 25GB to 7GB, unless you’re an older user of the service, then you can keep your 25GB for free. Nevertheless, 7GB is still 3.5x more than the storage offered by Dropbox. If you do need additional storage, however, it is cheaper than Dropbox. To get 100GB of storage on Dropbox, it will cost you $199 a year (or $19.99 a month). SkyDrive, on the other hand, charges only $50 a year. Enough said.