Dropbox was one of the first file-sharing servers available for use on the cloud. The problem is that increasing security concerns have many people scrambling to find alternatives to the technology. Several competitors have been stepping up to try and take over the behemoth, but so far, Dropbox is still the leading file sharing service available. One of the main contenders to Dropbox is Microsoft SkyDrive.
Microsoft may be slightly behind with limits on the file types that can be shared, but there are other areas in which SkyDrive is a much better option for consumers. At the end of the day, it is up to the individual about which program is right for the way it is intended to be used.
SkyDrive vs. Dropbox
Editing Files Made Easier with SkyDrive
One of the great things that SkyDrive makes available to users is Office Web Apps for editing purposes. Similar to R/Link by Rocket Software, this makes it quick and simple to access the different files and edit them using these apps. While there are not as many functions available in the web app version of the Office Suite, it is possible to make changes that are not possible through other sources.
In addition, when using SkyDrive, you have instant access to every file that is on the computer at once. One of the main issues with Dropbox is that you can only gain access to the files that are saved through Dropbox. You are limited in scope for what is available to you as you are away from your computer.
Affordable File Backups
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Another big feather in the cap of SkyDrive is the fact that it is such an affordable program for file sharing. Dropbox can charge over $100 a year to provide 100GB of storage. SkyDrive only charges $50/year for 107GB of space. This actually makes SkyDrive one of the cheapest servers on the market. The reason why the memory space is 107GB rather than 100GB is because regardless, you are able to receive 7GB for free. Adding on 100GB for $50/year truly adds on 100GB rather than 93GB.
The one drawback to having so much affordable space is the inability to upload unlimited amounts of data as you can with Dropbox. You are limited to uploading files of less than 2GB even when using the desktop app. According to SkyDrive, when using the website, you are restricted to 300 MB, just like Dropbox. This can put a damper on the ability to take full advantage of the space as a backup service.
Dropbox Security Concerns
Dropbox has been making several changes over the years to improve security. These include two-step verification when accessing Dropbox through the computer and a four-digit passcode when using the mobile app. SkyDrive only requires a verification code when access files from a remote location. This can mean that the security problems many are trying to avoid with Dropbox will be even greater for those using SkyDrive. Practice safe file sharing at all times when using any cloud server.
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