Google wants you to make documents with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Microsoft wants you to make documents with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Then, when storing those documents or any other files, the two companies are split between Drive and OneDrive. Among the benefits of sticking with one company’s services is how everything works seamlessly. Google, however, wants Microsoft Office users to enjoy the benefits of Drive despite using a competing service.
Microsoft has just released an update for its Xbox Music app for Android. The app allows you to stream music from the OneDrive cloud storage and the update now lets you load music for offline playback, and lets you use the app without having an Xbox Music Pass. Read more
Using Amazon’s cloud storage service has been somewhat of a hassle considering the lack of any dedicated mobile apps. Users were limited to a watered-down app that only offered access to photographs and music. Today, Amazon finally released mobile apps for Cloud Drive across multiple platforms that show users everything that they have saved online. The launch of Cloud Drive’s mobile apps comes a few weeks after Amazon launched the service’s SDK, meaning that the app should be see integration with other apps and services in the near future.
Most smartphone users are familiar with cloud-based storage providers like Dropbox, Google Drive or on other platforms, iCloud. These are joined by several other options as companies try to get in on the action, resulting in services like Verizon’s cloud storage solutions for their subscribers. Since they are not yet a big name outside of China and other Asian markets, Xaiomi’s cloud storage service is not yet well-known. However, Xiaomi is expecting growth in revenues from the services it provides to grow by 4 to 5 times for 2015 compared to the prior year. Read more
Forget about internal storage on your devices because everything is heading to the cloud. There are cloud storage services available on all major platforms and even more make up the third-party offerings. It seems that offering ample cloud storage for free or at a low cost is an easy way to secure customers. Amazon, which has its Cloud Drive service, announced two plans that could be very enticing.
Companies with cloud storage services can always provide more space to retain existing users or pry others away from the competition. Right now, current Dropbox users can move over to OneDrive and receive 100GB of storage at no cost for one year. Taking advantage of this offer will require both Dropbox and Microsoft accounts. Once Microsoft verifies everything, a document for new OneDrive users will be added to Dropbox. Then Microsoft will freely add 100GB of storage to OneDrive to confirm completion.
The promotion is designated for people in the United States; however, select international users are seeing identical results.
Subscribers of Amazon Prime in Canada now have another incentive to stick with the service. Aside from offering free two-day shipping on a massive amount of items, Amazon will supply unlimited cloud storage for photos. Subscribers get 5GB of Cloud Drive storage; however, photos will not have any affect on that number. Upload as many photos as you want and it will not make a dent in the 5GB of storage.
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Microsoft’s cloud storage competitor to Google Drive has had a small update today. The OneDrive app adds push notifications for shared files and folders, thumbnails for business files, custom PIN timeouts and the bug fixes we normally see with any kind of app update.
Microsoft and Dropbox have announced a pretty unlikely partnership that will allow Microsoft Office customers to integrate Dropbox into their day-to-day work. You’ll be able to keep your documents and work synced across all of your devices at work and at home, and you can make quick edits on just about any device you have. Read more
If you’re a user of OneDrive you’ll be happy to know that the cloud storage service now supports files up to 10GB. Users will be able to upload these large files via the apps for Windows, Mac, the web site and all OneDrive mobile apps. According to Microsoft this feature is the highest requested feature. Business users will have to wait as the company works to bring support. But if you’re an Office 365 user with that one terabyte of storage burning a hole in your cloud storage wallet, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to fill up that space faster. Enjoy.