Google has launched Google Drive, its online storage service. We look at how it compares to Dropbox, iCloud and others.
Google Drive – Web, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS (tba)
1000GB: $49.99/per month
The search engine giant has opened up its new storage service to a range of web apps, so you a are to add photos to email, edit video and send faxes directly on the Drive server.
Google‘s Google Docs service is integrated with Google Drive, making sharing and editing documents straightforward.
Dropbox – Web, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Blackberry
2GB: Free (extra storage for referring others)
50GB: $9.99(£6.20)/month or $99/year
100GB: $19.99/month or $199/year
Unlimited: $795/year for five users and $125/year per additional user
Dropbox has become one of the world’s most valuable technology startups by offering easy online file storage, and has gained more than 50 million users since it was founded in 2007.
It gained popularity due to its innovative desktop programs, which allowed users to simply drag files into a folder rather than laboriously uploading them, and apps for the major mobile operating systems.
Dropbox this week made it easier to share uploaded files with other users by allowing people to send links direct to folders.
Microsoft SkyDrive – Web, Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone
The cheapest of the paid-for options, Microsoft launched its full online storage system earlier this week.
SkyDrive offers group editing of Microsoft Office files and is available for Windows Phone.
Box – Web, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry
1000GB: $15 per user/month (minimum three users)
Unlimited: prices vary
Box was one of the first cloud-storage services when it launched in 2005, and offers business and personal services.
There is a wide range of applications for desktop operating systems and browsers, which includes tools for scanning, sharing and editing files.
Apple iCloud – Windows, Mac, iOS
iTunes Match: £21.99/year
iCloud keeps photos, apps and music synced across separate devices. For example, a book purchased on the iPad will be open on the same page when it is opened on the iPhone.
Apple also offers its iTunes Match service, which lets you backup any song in your iTunes library – not just those bought on the iTunes store – and download them onto other devices.
iCloud is designed only for Apple‘s ecosystem, and is not as flexible as other online storage services. Only certain types of files can be stored.