Microsoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft is redesigning its products to fit perfectly with its upcoming Surface tablet. In my last post we discussed about it. Now when it comes to cloud storage solutions then Microsoft SkyDrive is the first option that comes in our mind. However, there are many other options that we will be able to use to store our files, documents, photos and music online.

Just as Microsoft gave a new look to its mailing system with outlook.com, similarly we have heard a rumor that SkyDrive is also going to be redesigned to match perfectly with the metro UI and give the best UX to Surface tablet users. More information about the rumor of the upcoming design of the SkyDrive can be find here.

Though there will be many other options, besides SkyDrive, for cloud storage while using Surface tablet, SkyDrive may take the lead as it will be deeply integrated with the Microsoft products which will be the key software applications of the tablet.

But it doesn’t mean that we should not take a look at the similar services which gives you an edge in a way or other at SkyDrive. Lets take a look at SkyDrive, iCloud, Google Drive and the famous Dropbox.

SkyDrive, iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox Comparison

Free Space

SkyDrive comes with 7GB of free space. Once SkyDrive used to offer 25GB of free space but later it downgraded the free space to 7GB. Those who had an account when SkyDrive used to offer 25GB can still enjoy 25GB of free space. However, new users can only have 7GB of free space. By default, Dropbox gives 2GB of free space but this free space is highly expandable and we can have up to 27GB of free space through referrals and other legal techniques. Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud offers 5GB of free space which is almost an average in the cloud storage industry.

Platform Support

SkyDrive takes the lead because of its omnipresence. SkyDrive is available for Windows, Mac, Web, iOS, mobile Web, Windows Phone and remote access. It supports nearly all the platforms except Android. There is no official app of SkyDrive for Android but you can use it through the web browser. Apple’s iCloud is available for iOS only. Google Drive also supports a number of platforms. There is a support for Windows, Mac, Web, Android and mobile web. There is no application available for Windows Phone and iOS. Dropbox supports all the platforms except Windows Phone.

Backing Up Of Data

All of these services are designed so as to continuously sync your locally stored data with your cloud. This helps you a lot in keeping a backup of your important files. In case if your operating systems stops working or something goes wrong then you can easily restore your data from the cloud. Besides this you can also access the data from anywhere at anytime. You just need a computing device and an Internet connection and you can have all your images, documents, music etc.

Making And Editing Documents

Only Google Drive and SkyDrive gives you the ability to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations etc online. iCloud and Dropbox doesn’t have any official application to allow users to edit files. There exists a third party application through which you can edit your Dropbox files online but that is not official.

Conclusion

If we take a look at the features and capabilities then it won’t be unjust to say that SkyDrive is beating away its competitors in most of the features. We can have maximum free space (by default) in SkyDrive. Its wide support for multiple platforms and ability to create, share and edit documents online makes it a perfect cloud storage solution for a tablet.