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Microsoft Boosts OneDrive: 1 TB Per User
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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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4/29/2014 | 2:24:21 PM
Shocked! SHOCKED!
I'm sure Nadella got a chuckle from Levie's blog post. "By keeping Office 365 users on the closed OneDrive 'island,' Microsoft is stranding hundreds of millions of users and customers that have chosen Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and others."

Um, yeah. That's kinda the point. 
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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4/30/2014 | 12:48:33 AM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
Right - what they're saying is that applications should support multiple cloud storage options and not just the one chosen by the vendor. Apple will want to do the same and offer dropbox as an alternative to iCloud, despite the fact that selling capacity upgrades for iCloud is a revenue stream for them...
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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4/30/2014 | 9:19:33 AM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
Sure, that's a reasonable wish from Drobbox, Box, etc. as well as many users. But Microsoft is in business to maximize profit, data collection, and use of its cloud.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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4/30/2014 | 9:35:18 AM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
We're in agreement... I don't expect Microsoft to do anything but what they did here. Similarly, Apple's tie in to iCloud is inevitable as that's their revenue stream, hence my somewhat tongue in cheek suggestion that Apple will join the altruistic bandwagon and open their tools up to any third party service available.

There's no motivation - yet, at least - that I can see for either company to change their approach, annoying as it may be to users of other services.
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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4/30/2014 | 2:16:04 PM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
It makes sense from a consolidation standpoint for businesses as they no doubt want to avoid users using other storage options like Dropbox or Box.  By touting such a high storage capacity per user, I can see businesses saying "well, at least we have a ton of room for folks to keep their files, so they're less likely to start sending them outside the work environment."  That could be a huge win for Microsoft, build the ecosystem and enough space in it to keep users happy on their massive island instead of trying to build bridges to other ones.  
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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4/30/2014 | 2:21:40 PM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
I think that's a good general point about cloud storage for business. So long as you trust the provider, the concept of making your information available from anywhere (or at least anywhere that you can log in to the cloud) may indeed prevent the usual "Oh, I'll email it to myself at home so I can finish working on it there" problems. Good thinking, Stratustician.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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5/4/2014 | 4:34:21 AM
Re: Shocked! SHOCKED!
The security is always of concern in the cloud. There is no doubt that cloud computing offers convenience, flexibility and extremly powerful "do it anywhere" functionality. In another hand, you rely on cloud providers to store and protect your data. I have to say you need to trust your cloud provider to some extent to enjoy the power provided by cloud.:-)


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