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Microsoft OneDrive: Cloud Storage Price Showdown

Microsoft has boosted cloud storage and dropped prices. Is OneDrive now the best deal in town?

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D.M. Romano
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6/24/2014 | 10:49:50 AM
Going rate
The 15 GB free for all users seems to be the "going rate" for freebies amongs these cloud storage sites. I use Google Drive and Barracuda's Copy drive as well. Both of which are both solid services. Though I think their mobile integration isn't he best. 
jagibbons
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6/24/2014 | 8:33:43 AM
Re: Muddled Branding for OneDrive for Business has a tendency to confuse.
OneDrive for Business is tied to SharePoint as part of Office 365, but that is still a preferred enterprise-grade solution to Dropbox or Box. Office 365 provides far more robust storage, security, versioning and sharing capabilities for any company that already uses Microsoft products.
Jack N FranF583
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6/24/2014 | 1:21:57 AM
Re: That's a lot of free storage
1 Tbit is not a lot of storage. Look at it this way. The free version of Google Fiber 1Mbps up and 5 Mbps down will take 12 days to fill a Tbit memory with 30 Netflix movies and a three day binge to watch (download) them all. So even web-urchins need a Tbit cloud-drive. Little Orphen Annie on Microsoft's One Drive, the bleeding heart Net-neutrality liberals will love Microsoft.
kwjtweets
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6/23/2014 | 5:31:24 PM
Muddled Branding for OneDrive for Business has a tendency to confuse.
It's not as rosy as it sounds.  OneDrive for Business effectively refers to multiple components including Cloud Storage under SharePoint Personal Sites and Desktop Software for Windows (no Mac version yet).  SharePoint Personal Sites are a subset of SharePoint Online. Many business managers seemingly think that OneDrive for Business might let them store more company files in the cloud, but that's not quite the case.  For that you need SharePoint Team Sites along with Office Online and some OneDrive for Business Desktop Software synchronization.  To muddle it further, OneDrive for Business differs immensely from OneDrive, the consumer product.  Not too thrilled with the implementation either, http://kwjblogs.blogspot.com/2014/06/moving-google-drive-to-onedrive-for.html.  
Lorna Garey
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6/23/2014 | 5:10:48 PM
Battle at Scale
It's difficult to see how Dropbox, Box, and the 398 other cloud storage wannabes that emerged in the last 18 months or so, can possibly hang with Microsoft, not to mention Apple and Google, in this price war. 
Michael Endler
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6/23/2014 | 5:01:07 PM
Re: That's a lot of free storage
"I think Microsoft sees cloud storage as an area where it can be generous, and they're not holding back. It's a way to differentiate from the cloud storage pack, and hook more people into the Windows 8/Office 365 ecosystem."

Exactly. Plus, if a bunch of your employees already use OneDrive, it's pretty natural for your company or department to choose OneDrive for Business.
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/23/2014 | 4:53:15 PM
That's a lot of free storage
15GB of free storage is appealing, especially when you keep getting notices from Dropbox telling you your 2GB of free storage is almost used up. Why would I stick with Dropbox when someone else is offering 7.5 times the space?

I think Microsoft sees cloud storage as an area where it can be generous, and they're not holding back. It's a way to differentiate from the cloud storage pack, and hook more people into the Windows 8/Office 365 ecosystem.
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