tobyaw: (Church Square)
posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 08:08pm on 18/03/2013 under , ,
When Microsoft SkyDrive and Google Drive launched their syncing apps last year, I installed them and gave them a go. I’ve been using Dropbox for years, and it was clear that Microsoft and Google were offering some serious competition, even if they didn’t have the polish or all of the features of Dropbox. I decided that I’d let my annual Dropbox subscription lapse, and when it did, I’d start using SkyDrive and/or Google Drive in anger.

My paid Dropbox subscription came to an end yesterday; I’m now down to the 7.1GB that they provide to me for free. SkyDrive give me 25GB for free, and Google Drive 5GB. Should I need more space, both Microsoft and Google are significantly cheaper than Dropbox.

Having evaluated the client software on OS X and on iOS, I think I’ll try using SkyDrive as my main file storage system for the next while. Google Drive has too many rough edges for me to feel confident in it. I’ll continue using Dropbox for some documents that need to be in their shared folders, and with some applications and web sites that integrate with it.

It’ll be interesting to see whether SkyDrive matches up to Dropbox in day-to-day use. Dropbox has been consistently reliable, and hasn’t caused me any hassles.
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