Google Drive – iCloud, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Box comparison

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)

5GB: Free 
25GB: $2.49(£1.54)/month 
100GB: $4.99/month 
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

7GB: Free 
20GB: £6/year 
50GB: £16/year 
100GB: £32/year

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

5GB: Free 
25GB: $9.99(£6.20)/month 
50GB: $19.99/month 
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

5GB: Free 
15GB: £14/year 
25GB: £28/year 
55GB: £70/year 
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.

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