The following is an excerpt from Clayton Morris | April 28, 2012 | Foxnews.com |
What does it even mean when people talk about storing things in the cloud? It sounds so…nebulous. Pun intended. But don’t worry, I’m going to break it down for you.
When people talk about “cloud storage,” they are talking about putting documents, pictures, and videos online so that they can be stored and accessed whenever you have an online connection. You need this.
Anyone who has ever lost files due to a computer crash will vouch for this. Storage to a hard-drive or physical device is important but you want to back up to the cloud too. And now we have options.
Google and Microsoft both rolled out their own cloud-based storage lockers this week, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. They’re both competing with the gold standard of cloud storage, Dropbox.
Let me breakdown the differences.
Dropbox has long been my go-to service and they have really defined the category. It is a simple Web site that lets you upload your documents from any computer or mobile device and access them wherever you can get online. The first 2GB of space is free and for most folks that’s plenty. The service integrates flawlessly with Mac and Windows and works seamlessly on your mobile phone too.
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