Google Drive vs. Dropbox vs. SkyDrive


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I started using Dropbox in 2010 and at that time, there was no Google Drive or SkyDrive so of course, I wasn’t supposed to make a choice. Since that time, Dropbox has been my first choice but it doesn’t mean that I haven’t used any other service. In the beginning of 2012, Google launched its Google Drive and after a few months, Microsoft also managed to launch their cloud storage service called SkyDrive. In this post, we are going to compare all these services and determine which stands where.

 

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 Free Storage

Let us discuss the issue of free storage in the beginning. In 2010 when I started using Dropbox, they were offering a 2GB of free storage and till date, they are still offering the same feature. Google Drive from day one is offering a 5GB free data storage facility which beats Dropbox easily. However, Microsoft has gone one step ahead by offering a 7GB of free cloud data storage facility to its clients.

 

Additional Storage

Of course, not everyone can live up to the limited free storage offered by these cloud storage services. So, if you need additional storage then you will have to pay for it. Dropbox is charging $199 for 100GB space, Google is charging $60 for the same storage space and Microsoft beats both of them again by offering 100GB of storage facility in its SkyDrive for just $50.

Worried those base storage amounts won’t cut the mustard? Not to fear. All three services offer paid

 

Selective Sync

According to Microsoft, they did not want to complicate their cloud storage service so it will be very straight forward. Well, you don’t get to choose which folders should be synced in your SkyDrive and which should not get synced. Anything that you put into your SkyDrive folder it gets synced automatically. On the other hand, if you are using Dropbox or Google Drive, you can easily decide which folders/ files should get synced and which should be spared.

 

Platform Support

Dropbox has its app for multiple platforms since a long time. It doesn’t matter if you are using an iOS device or an Android device, you can install Dropbox in them very easily. Google drive is available for Windows, Mac and Android at the moment but not for iOS. Talking about SkyDrive, you can install it on Windows, Mac, iOS and Windows Phone too. Dropbox becomes winner in this case.

 

Ecosystem

SkyDrive is the best option for those who work with Microsoft Office products. Synchronizing your files become really easy if you are using SkyDrive as it offers 3rd party app sync facility too. Google Drive is not also a bad option for those who are using Open Office or even Microsoft Word etc. Dropbox can only let you share and sync your documents and not work on them but I personally like this feature so I go with Dropbox for this purpose. You can install some third party app to edit or review your documents in Dropbox.

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