A List Of Online Storage Systems That Can Match Or Even Beat Google Docs
Last Tuesday, an announcement about Google Docs improved storage capacity was written in Google’s official blog. Google informed the public that weeks from now Google Docs will be allowing users to store more files online. Online file storage like Google Docs benefits consumers by giving easy access and no hassle sharing of data.
Google Docs will be giving its users as much as 250MB of file storage. Consumers are also given a free storage with 1GB capacity for other data formats that are different with Google Docs like spreadsheets, documents and presentations. And if a user needs more storage space, Google charges an annual fee of 25 cents per GB.
Google Docs fans will of course be happy with these improvements, but there are more free storage options to choose from aside from the latter. Other existing free storage systems are as follows.
Box.net targets the corporate world, except that it is not as generous as other file storage systems.
The file storage offers 1GB of free space with a file size cutoff of 25MB. Other options to select from are 5GB file storage with 1GB file size cutoff for a monthly fee of $10 and 10GB file storage with the same file size cutoff for $15 a month.
For those who are misinformed, Dropbox never belonged to Goggle Company. The online file storage is a privately owned firm.
Dropbox is an online file storage that provides up to 2GB free space. For those with higher storage needs, consumers can choose from $9.99 monthly fee for 50GB or $19.99 for 100GB of file storage. The data saved on the Dropbox folder are immediately uploaded to a secured server. If compared to Google Docs, Dropbox does not have an upload size limit of 250MB. Users can access their files with most computers such as Linux, Mac and Windows. It can also be run with a mobile device.
Microsoft Live Mesh
This file storage is available with a cloud service feature where users can operate files with different computers like Mac and Windows and even with most mobile phones.
Microsoft Live Mesh provides exclusive file storage of 5GB, but the downside is that users are not allowed to operate and share their files using an external media such as flash, USB and hard drives. Even so, the file storage provides larger option for synchronization and can be used with any computer remote control compatible with the mesh.
Windows Live SkyDrive
Windows Live SkyDrive offers the largest file storage among its competitors. The 25GB free storage compensates its lack of sync and share features.
The system is able to support any shared, private or public folder. Before, SkyDrive did not work well with Microsoft applications but the system is now being improved. Recently, SkyDrive can now be associated with MS Office 2010 where you can save files from your computer directly to your online storage.
With all these options, we can never be sure that Google Docs or the rumored unreleased version of GoogleGdrive storage system can beat or even equal what Skydrive can offer.