Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive

Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive

Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive – Comparison

I was not using any of the free online storage services – Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Box.net etc. All I used was Gmail to store my files as attachments and that was enough for me. But I have tried Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Mesh in the past even though I never used it. Why? Just because Microsoft has a branding problem. They offer similar services in different names. I hate that strategy. Microsoft offered 25 GB (now 7 GB) free storage via SkyDrive and another 5 GB via Live Mesh. And, SkyDrive didn’t have an app for desktop until recently. They finally came up with a desktop client for Windows and Mac. That’s not all! It even supports remote access – so you can access your desktop files even if it’s not stored on your SkyDrive folder. So, I gave it a try. And yeah it was perfect. But wait! Google’s much awaited Google Drive (GDrive) has arrived. Now, I no longer need SkyDrive since Google Drive is deeply integrated with Gmail and so it’s much more feasible to use Google Drive instead of SkyDrive as I’m already using the 20 GB for $5/year plan by Google (which is no longer offered).



Microsoft SkyDrive (formerly Windows Live SkyDrive)


Microsoft SkyDrive

Free Storage: 7 GB (25 GB if you signed up before April 22nd, 2012)

Mobile: Windows Phone 7, iOS, Android (unofficial), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $10/year for 20 GB, $25/year for 50 GB, $50/year for 100 GB

File Size Limit: 2 GB

Remote Access: It is something which is unique only to SkyDrive. Microsoft SkyDrive offers remote access to your PC via SkyDrive.com. So you can access a file on your PC even if it’s not stored online.

» Visit Microsoft SkyDrive


Dropbox

Dropbox

Free Storage: 2 GB (+ 500 MB per referral – up to 18 GB)

Mobile: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web

Extra Storage: $99/year for 50 GB, $199/year for 100 GB

File Size Limit: None for files uploaded via desktop, 300 MB for files uploaded via web

» Visit Dropbox


Google Drive


Google Drive

Free Storage: 5 GB

Mobile: Android, iOS (coming soon), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $29.88/year for 25 GB, $59.88/year for 100 GB, $599.88/year for 1 TB

File Size Limit: 10 GB

» Visit Google Drive


Amazon Cloud Drive


Amazon Cloud Drive

Free Storage: 5 GB

Mobile: Android, iOS (unofficial), Mobile Web

Desktop: Windows, Mac, Web

Extra Storage: $29.88/year for 25 GB, $59.88/year for 100 GB, $599.88/year for 1 TB

File Size Limit: $20/year for 20 GB, $50/year for 50 GB, $100/year for 100 GB, $200/year for 200 GB, $500/year for 500 GB, $1,000/year for 1 TB

» Visit Amazon Cloud Drive

  • http://www.jnhsolutions.com Jeremy

    Thanks for a good read. I joined up to Skydrive after reading your post and it started as a 7GB account, but had a link to get the 25GB for a limited time once I was in.

    Thanks again ;)

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Wow! I didn’t know that SkyDrive is still offering 25 GB for new users.

      • http://microsoft-support-squad.blogspot.in/2012/05/y-skydrive-is-better-than-google-drive_8607.html Why Microsoft SkyDrive is better than Google Drive

        It may be possible the Google drive is current media darling,but for users who just looking to get some work done here’s why you should give SkyDrive a try.

  • http://widefide.com Anil

    I find dropbox UI friendly

  • http://blogzip.blogspot.com blogzip

    in terms of cost, it looks like there
    are options on microsoft skydriver

  • Phil Tyler

    I had skydrive for like 3 years and logged into it today and was reduced to 7gb. I guess I didn’t log in when the free upgrade button was still there..damn

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, you should have upgraded that. I was also not using SkyDrive but when I announcement came I logged in and upgraded and got 25 GB.

  • Ozz

    Thanks for this comparison. I want to share a tip for Dropbox. I had a free Dropbox account with 2 Gb space, but it’s not enough. I found a web service that expands your free Dropbox account from 2 Gb to 18 Gb! And it has not got monthly payments. I tried and now I have 18 Gb free Dropbox account. They do this to give your accounts refferals. This was awesome. Try it if you want, this is their site: Dropbox18gb.com

  • https://drive.google.com GoogleLover

    SkyDrive now has a Android client available in Google Play.

  • http://www.drivehq.com/ Emily Kulish

    The comparison is great. however, it is focused on consumer services. Both DropBox and Google Drive have different pricing for business services. e.g. Dropbox for Business starts at $795/year for only 5 users. You can get far more and better business features from DriveHQ.com at much lower prices. DriveHQ is the first Cloud IT Solution provider. Founded in 2003, it has over 2 million registered users.