It seems like all the major players in Cloud service have decided to go head to head to increase their service - specially the quota for their users to retain or win them over their competitors. This is definitely a great time for the users who just need to sit back and enjoy the increased services by the cloud service providers. After Microsoft's announcement to incorporate SkyDrive in to their OS - both Desktop and Mobile - Google has increased their cloud quota as well.
I was quite happy to see extra 3GB increase in my free Google Apps account - taking my Email quota as a free user from 7GB to 10GB. Although Google boasts their Document service space potentially unlimited provided you are using their default service creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations but incorporating photos and other types of documents is still limited to 1GB space. Which is disappointing. But I understand Google business policy but as a general user I believe people will move away from their cloud service only because you get larger space to backup which is very important from today's social network fanatic users.
When Microsoft first introduced Windows Live SkyDrive it was a blessings for all Internet users to backup their photos, documents and some of other resources in the largest Cloud platform. The 25GB offered space was the largest - beating all other competitors like Google, Box.net and Dropbox. But the popularity dropped with the limitation of accessing it through web interface only with only highest size of file being 50MB as allowed upload size soon had people moving to the competitors.
Yesterday Microsoft took a big step towards their vision (not to mention fulfilling millions of users request) by making SkyDrive far more powerful. There are new storage options, apps that connect your devices to SkyDrive, and a more powerful device cloud that lets you “fetch” any file from a Windows PC. Taken together with access from popular mobile phones and a browser, you can now take your SkyDrive with you anywhere, connect it to any app that works with files and folders, and get all the storage you need—making SkyDrive the most powerful personal cloud storage service available.
Here’s what’s available for use, starting now:
Microsoft yesterday in their announcement said - "Over the years, we’ve consistently heard from our most loyal customers that having SkyDrive accessible from Windows Explorer is important, and we’re happy to announce that, as of today, when you download the preview of SkyDrive for the Windows desktop, you’ll be able to access your SkyDrive from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista." It's indeed a very exciting announcement for all the Windows Users. The benefits of SkyDrive integration with Windows are clear: you can now drag-and-drop to and from SkyDrive with files up to 2GB, access all of your files offline, and have the full power of Windows Explorer available to manage your SkyDrive files and folders. Files stored in your SkyDrive are in a plain folder on your PC, which means any app that works with local folders and files can now work with SkyDrive.
Microsoft also mentioned - "As we set upon the path to bring SkyDrive closer to Windows, we had a few goals that drove our plan. First, we wanted you to be able to “get up and running” as quickly as possible, with very few steps. Secondly, we wanted to “be quiet” on the system and make sure that all processing was entirely in the background, with your needs and your apps as the first priority. And third, we really wanted it all to “just work” as you’d expect it to, staying up-to-date automatically, and humming along without confusing dialogs or pop-ups. Here’s a bit more about where we’re at for each of those."
Downloading the preview of SkyDrive for Windows takes just a few seconds on most connections (the installer is under 5MB) and installs on most PCs in less than 10 seconds. There are just three simple setup screens and you’re finished.
Download the installer from HERE.
There has been a change in Skydrive offering but those who had been using Skydrive will not be disappointed.
With broadband Internet and Web platform - the time has come to making a shift to cloud service. The cloud makes your life easier. Every clients of mine in our initial meeting always asks me one question about moving to cloud - why should we? Here's the answer from Google Apps team -