Jul 03, 2012

How much difference is there between Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive?

Is there really any significant difference between Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive or do they both essentially offer the same thing, like Coke and Pepsi? I'm trying to determine if there is any advantage to using one over the other.


Well, first off, I have to disagree with your Coke and Pepsi example, I find them significantly different. Coke is more heavily carbonated, while Pepsi is flatter and more syrupy sweet.  In short, Coke=yum, Pepsi=meh.


As for Drive vs. Skydrive, you do get a little more free storage from Skydrive, 7GB vs. Drive's 5GB.  Sharing documents (at least Office documents) is really easy on Skydrive, but if you are working with others on docs, images, or videos, Drive is great, making it easy for users to leave comments and collaborate.  Drive has a lot more editing features, and it is quite polished.  You can also save documents in various formats on Drive, including Word format, whereas you are limited on Skydrive to Microsoft formats.  


If you want to use them on your mobile device, and that device happens to run Apple OS, you are limited to Skydrive.  I personally prefer Drive on mobile devices because it has the ability to access files offline, something that Skydrive does not offer, as far as I know.  


Both are solid choices.  I prefer Drive, mainly because of the collaboration features.  Drive also offers up to 1TB of storage, if you are willing to pay for it.  I could easily see reaching the other conclusion, however, and preferring Skydrive, especially if you primarily use Apple mobile devices or Microsoft Office. 

Here's an article that compares them, as well as Dropbox. It might be a good place for you to figure out who has the features/price that you want.

Google Drive vs Dropbox vs Microsoft SkyDrive

"Microsoft's enterprising and innovative SkyDrive revamp has unexpectedly stolen the thunder from Google's long-awaited cloud storage solution - and deservedly so.
Despite cutting its offering, SkyDrive still offers more free storage and cheaper tariffs for those wishing to purchase a little more space.

Both services have followed in Dropbox's footsteps by launching an easy-to-use desktop client for Mac and PC, with easy syncing and sharing of documents, photos and more across your devices.

Google has made it easier to share documents and collaborate with users over the cloud, through its existing Documents, Google+ and Gmail services, while Microsoft will allow easy web-link sharing, even for non-SkyDrive members.

Microsoft's launch of an iOS app before Google Drive may prove decisive unless Google pulls its finger out.

While we're impressed with how Google has seamlessly integrated Drive within its ecosystem, we have to give SkyDrive a narrow points victory at this early stage."
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