The Battle of Clouds: Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

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After Google Drive made a buzz last Tuesday, Microsoft also updated its online sync and storage device—the SkyDrive. Big Red enabled its cloud storage to store files online and sync across multiple devices right from your desktop. This puts the storage device in direct competition against Google Drive. Both cloud storage offers the same features but there is something about SkyDrive that asks for another serious look.

Bigger Free Storage

Upon sign up, Google Drive offers 5 GB of free storage. However, Microsoft SkyDrive tops this feature with 7 GB of free initial storage for its users. What makes this offer even better is that you can reclaim your free 25 GB storage if you’re a SkyDrive user even before Microsoft made the switch to 7 GB.

Affordable and Realistic Pricing Options

Starting from 25 GB that is worth $30 per year to 1 TB that costs $600 annually, Google Drive offers a wide array of payment options for extra cloud storage. However, most people are looking for 25 GB, 100 GB and 200 GB of additional storage offered by SkyDrive. For an average user, an extra 100 GB is enough space and cheaper by $10 per year, as it only has an annual fee of $50.

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Support for Various File Format

Drive obviously offers deep integration with Google Docs. However, this file format does not offer synchronization with other software. Editing your document on Google Docs would require you to convert it on their online format. In turn, downloading your online file will provide a link that will let you open it on your browser instead of the actual document.

Microsoft SkyDrive, on the other hand, works with Microsoft Office formats such as docx, xlsx or pptx. These are the formats that most desktop and online productivity software can open. Moreover, you can edit a Microsoft Word document on the go using the Office Web Apps, and not worrying about converting your files to an unsuited format.

Better Mobile Support Yet

Other than the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft SkyDrive is also available for iOS devices. Although Google Drive may soon have an extensive mobile support once it becomes available for Android and iOS, SkyDrive has the upper hand for now.

Remote Desktop Access

Cloud Storage would usually let you store files and access it using any devices wherever you are. You can do that using Microsoft SkyDrive, and it can even let you access your desktop remotely. So if you’re on the go and need to access a file that is not on your cloud storage, you can retrieve that from your computer as long as it’s powered up.


Google Drive may be today’s media darling, but Microsoft SkyDrive is definitely not out of the league. The features it provides lets you get things done—anywhere, anytime.

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