Do you use Microsoft SkyDrive? It is Microsoft’s version of cloud file storage, similar to Dropbox. Compared to Dropbox’s 2 GB, SkyDrive offered an incredible 25 GB of free storage to all users, but it always lacked one crucial feature: there were no official desktop apps. In order to upload files, users had to actually go to the SkyDrive website. That changes today.
Microsoft has just released SkyDrive apps for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS X Lion, and iPad, joining the existing Windows Phone and iPhone apps.
With this announcement also came new storage plans:
- 7 GB – Free
- 20 GB – $10/year
- 50 GB – $25/year
- 100 GB – $50/year
These prices are quite competitive compared to Dropbox’s storage offerings.
The free 7 GB is a reduction from the previous offering of 25 GB, but existing users who uploaded at least one file before April 22 have the opportunity to opt-in and receive 25 GB of storage for free. Accounts that have over 4 GB of data uploaded are automatically opted in.
Just like Dropbox, all files added to your SkyDrive folder will automatically upload onto your Windows Live account and sync with your other computers.
What do you think of the new Microsoft SkyDrive? A worthy competitor to Dropbox? Share your thoughts in the comments.