December 15, 2018
Cloud Storage Reviews

Microsoft Cloud Storage - How good is it?

One of the best known services on offer today is by the one of the best known companies in the world of technology. This company revolutionized the internet by offering free e-mail accounts and now the cloud service it runs is reputed to be among the best in the world. The Microsoft Cloud Storage is also called SkyDrive and it has a large user base, all of whom are very happy with the quality of service they are being offered.

SkyDrive is among the best cloud storage facilities that are on offer today. Though it is not a virtual drive like some of the other services i.e. you cannot store files directly into it from a program like Word and it doesn't appear as a drive on your desktop, using it is still very simple and the backup is done automatically. The user interface is very streamlined and it is similar to Dropbox, the world's most popular cloud storage facility. SkyDrive is to be used on the browser where you just create folders and upload files onto it. SkyDrive is best used as a backup for your important files and for its portability if you are a frequent traveler and need constant access to your data, without having to rely on physical hard disks.

Coming to the features, SkyDrive provides 25GB of free storage with a Windows Live Account. This is rather generous when compared to a lot of other cloud storage services, which charge even for the most basic facilities. Once you have used up all the 25GB of space, you can go for a payment based service. This is however more expensive than other cloud storage facilities but you get the quality and assurance of Microsoft. Currently, SkyDrive is available with just a Windows Live account and this will sync all your personal details and information so that you can easily access it from any device and have everything backed up over the internet.

Though SkyDrive is among the best cloud storage facilities on the internet, it is most certainly not the best one you can get. If you are a regular user of Windows Live services such as Hotmail etc, then it is right for you but there are alternates including Google's Cloud storage and other third party services such as Dropbox. However, if you work it right with including a Network Attached Storage to your router and setup your personal cloud storage with SkyDrive, then you can use your hard disk as extra space on the Microsoft Cloud Storage service.

On the whole, if you are a fan of Microsoft services, this is the one for you. However, if you are open to trying out new services, which are easier to use, cheaper and more streamlined, then look for something that suits your line better.