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Microsoft OneDrive: Cloud Storage Freebies

Microsoft officially rebrands SkyDrive as OneDrive, adding new features and launching promotions in the process.

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Rational Human
Rational Human,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/19/2014 | 3:30:53 PM
sensitive info requested by microsoft before you can create OneDrive account.
what is the first thing about security?  don't give sensitive info:  birth date, zip code, the list is long.

spent too many years lecturing to users about security of sensitive info.

why is microsoft gathering birthdates when you sign up for OneDrive?  Not to tell the underage signees, as they can just lie and input a year that puts them in the adult category.

a few gigs can't be worth this.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
2/19/2014 | 8:12:52 PM
A DropBox competitor?
Like the other cloud file storage services, OneDrive is bait for consumers, sticky once they show up and a potentially expandable service beyond simple storage. Think data backup and recovery.
User Rank: Ninja
2/22/2014 | 1:00:55 PM
Expanding the footprint
As a user of other cloud storage services, I like the idea of leveraging a unified ecosystem like Microsoft is putting forth.  Firstly, if they are able to seamlessly allow for a single customer interface in terms of how their data is stored, accessed and used, it almost renders the underlying platform obsolete.  With Office 365, and OneDrive, you can theoretically work across any device on any platform, a huge advantage for mobile workers who want the flexibility of working from multiple locations without being tied to a single device.  I can see employers loving this with the addition of Lync, all of a sudden you can leverage it for both BYOD and mobility strategy, but it could act as the cornerstone of a remote workforce strategy.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/26/2014 | 8:14:50 AM
Re: sensitive info requested by microsoft before you can create OneDrive account.
Exactly! You might get a few GB of free cloud space, but Microsoft gets your details, your data, and literaly anything you put in there. That's why I back up my important stuff with my own 1TB NAS - over several years it's much cheaper than whatever OneDrive could offer me.

And if I need to share something with someone, I'd rather use web services like Filemail – they allow you to send any number of files up to 30GB each for free, no registration needed. Your data doesn't stay anywhere on their server, and you don't have to sign any 200-page long terms and conditions in order to use it. 

Oh, and they're not US based. Considering everything that's been recently said about NSA, I'd suggest you all do the same.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/26/2014 | 9:35:25 PM
One Big Drive registered before One Drive for cloud computing
One Big Drive is a consolidated cloud storage company who started their site and services 3-4 weeks prior to Microsofts One Drive and has many of the same features. This is probably the biggest issue for Microsoft and their name choice. will probably start litigation or sue Microsoft at some point if Microsoft doesn't buy them out first. They are a publicly traded company at PTPF so this may get interesting.
User Rank: Ninja
2/27/2014 | 8:40:05 PM
Re: sensitive info requested by microsoft before you can create OneDrive account.
Hey – Microsoft has to pay for all that "free" OneDrive storage someway!  Collecting, using, selling peoples information, sifting through all they upload and then placing ads in all related products and services is the method du jour.  While I agree a few gigs aren't worth it, there are millions of consumers who can't resist something that's free.  Wasn't it  P. T. Barnum who said "There's a sucker born every minute"?
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