SkyDrive: Pros and Cons

We are living in a very interesting time when it comes to technology. With the rapidly growing speed of mobile apps, websites and all forms of electronic development, it’s amazing to consider that all this development is so recently happening (less than a few decades, even!). SkyDrive is just another example of how far we’ve really come: a file hosting service which allows users to upload and sync to “cloud storage” and then access them from web browsers with any internet capable device. But with benefits, there will always be little flaws to be works on and this article will be addressing both the pros and cons of Microsoft SkyDrive.

What Makes it Tick?

Originally going by the title of “Windows Live Folders”, SkyDrive is Microsoft reply to Apple’s iCloud program which offers similar, yet not identical features. SkyDrive offers seven GB of completely free storage for any user and as an added feature, an additional three GB for students, also free. Of course, additional storage may be purchased for a fee, and it’s the price tag that sets SkyDrive apart from the iCloud.  For the low price of 10$ a year, you can grab an extra 20GB of data for your SkyDrive at a fraction of what Apple is requesting for a similar amount.

Another great detail of SkyDrive is how simple it is to access. Simply sign up to a Live account and the two features are immersed together so you will have access to both. As for what type of files can be stored with SkyDrive, the answer to this seems to be just about anything. This integrative service is as easy to use as attaching a file to your email address which gives any number of possibilities as to what exactly can be stored within SkyDrive. You can also create documents from the actual SkyDrive service itself which are simply saved within it. This might not seem like a useful feature but is a nice touch with saves a few clicks every day, especially for us writers.


A few Drawbacks…

A great feature offered by SkyDrive is the number of social media websites right from the program. Although this is great in theory, the upload size is 300MB and the program feels the need to compress most picture documents into a smaller size. Additionally the editing features for the SkyDrive writing program aren’t as comprehensive as the iCloud which can be annoying at times simply for the fact that it slows down the flow of a quick, crisp writing process.

Although these small problems can be annoying at time, they don’t come close to overshadowing the number of great features this free service provides for its users.

The Conclusion:

In summary, if you are searching for a straight to the point data storage tool which can function on multiple platforms than I would gladly recommend SkyDrive for your uses. If you are searching for bells and whistles of a program which offers more exhaustive resources in its storage service than my recommendation would be more geared towards the iCloud. Despite this opinion however, both are great services which showcase unique and intricate features allowing for a win no matter which one you choose.

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