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Microsoft: SkyDrive Will Be 'World's Hard Drive'
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2/22/2012 | 4:17:22 PM
re: Microsoft: SkyDrive Will Be 'World's Hard Drive'
I think what I find most interesting about this is that up until today, I had never heard of SkyDrive. I had no idea the service existed. In a way, I feel as if I have stepped through some unseen portal into a parallel world where the only difference is the existence of this product.

Okay, I'm being dramatic. Really, though, it's perhaps not surprising that I've never heard of this product even though it was initially launched in 2008. I generally ignore Microsoft and have not been a Windows user in any capacity for the past 5 years or so (Linux, hurrah!).

Once I read this article, I looked up SkyDrive. It looked like a real pain in the butt to use and requires, without surprise, a MS Live account - a service which I also have no interest in signing up for. The real shame of it is that my antipathy towards this robs me of the use of 25GB of cloud storage.

As a cynic, I am naturally suspicious of any service that wants me to store my files on their servers. I prefer private / personal clouds. But there is no mistaking that augmenting a personal cloud with a free cloud service, for the sake of security (nothing better than fueling that security paranoia), is a good idea.

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