How does Microsoft's improved cloud filesharing and storage service stack up against the biggest names on the market? Consider a Dropbox fan's experience.
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I don't have a ton of use for the Groups feature at the moment; email still tends to be the filesharing application I use most. But I see it as valuable in lots of SMB and virtual office scenarios. It's easy to use, and creating a custom email distribution and Group URL takes mere seconds. It's also one of those features that is rapidly becoming table stakes for business users. Given that SkyDrive, like Windows 8 in general, has a decidedly consumer-y feel, it was good to see that collaboration didn't get left out. I'm not sure SkyDrive yet packs a heavy-duty collaboration punch--those types of users are probably going to still go to SharePoint (or a competitor) for that, anyway--but the Groups feature makes it a viable way for smaller teams to stay connected.
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