The Cloud has been steadily gaining popularity among internet users. Access to documents, music, and other files from any location, ease of transfer and access, and security are some of the big reasons why everyday users are moving content to the cloud. In this scenario, lets explore some useful cloud apps you need for sharing your files.
7 Useful Cloud Apps You Need for File Sharing
The term Dropbox has become synonymous with cloud storage. Dropbox works on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, as well as on mobile devices including the iPhone and Android devices. Setting up Dropbox is simple enough. Just download and install the app on your PC. A Dropbox folder is then created. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your desktop to access them anywhere. Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage space, and you can get additional space by taking up some of the promotional offers such as recommending other users or by upgrading to a Pro account. Pro 50 offers 50GB space for the price of $9.99 a month and Pro 100 offers 100GB space for the price of $19.99 a month.
SkyDrive is the popular cloud service familiar to most Office 2010 users. To create a SkyDrive account, simply create a Windows Live ID (Hotmail or Live mail account) and start sharing your Office documents , photos, music, and more. What sets SkyDrive apart from other services is that you can access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote web apps on the cloud. SkyDrive access is also integrated with Office 2010 applications meaning you can simply save the document you are working on directly on the cloud. SkyDrive offers 25GB of free space, the most by a cloud storage service provider. And the SkyDrive app for mobile devices lets you access your files on the go.
Minus is a fun cloud sharing tool that lets you create, share, and manage galleries and follow friends to see what they are sharing. Minus is available as a desktop app for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu, a mobile app for the iPhone, and Android, and a Chrome and Firefox browser extension. It offers 10 GB of free storage.
Gizmodo called this the Best Cloud Storage of 2011. This cloud solution offers file sharing and synchronization on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian devices. SugarSync lets you upload and sync your files by email as well and works great on mobile devices. The free account offers 5GB storage. There are also plans offering 30GB storage for $4.99 a month, 60GB for $9.99 a month, 100GB for $14.99 a month, and 250GB storage for $24.99 a month.
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5. Google Docs
This is by far the most well known cloud storage around. Google Docs not only allows you to store and share your documents and files, but also allows you to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online. And you just need to use your Gmail credentials to sign in and get started. Google Docs offers 1 GB free storage. Additional storage costs $5 for 20 GB and $20 and for 80 GB.
Soonr is another cloud storage solution that offers file sharing services across multiple devices and platforms such as the iPhone, Android, Blackberry. SoonR is more business oriented and does not exactly offer free storage except for its 30-day free trial period. There are different pricing plans with the premium plan costing $9.99/month offering 25GB of storage with 3 team members. The Pro account is at $29.99/month for five members and 100GB storage space.
SendSpace is a unique cloud app that lets you share files of bigger sizes than is usually allowed in other cloud storage services. SendSpace works on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems as well as on iPhone and Android devices. SendSpace is free and lets you share files without registering. You can also sign up for a premium account which is priced between $6.99 and $49.99.
And finally, if you’ve signed up for one or more of these services, you can use the free services of Otixo to manage the documents in all these cloud accounts. Read more about Otixa here.