What does MicroSoft SkyDrive for iOS offer that iCloud doesn't?

rhames

Microsoft released SkyDrive cloud storage for iPhones a few days ago. It isn't as if there aren't plenty of cloud storage choices out there for iPhones, including the most obvious choice, Apple's own iCloud service. Is there any reason that an iPhone user should choose Microsoft's offering over Apple's? Not to sound like a fanboy/girl, but it just seems weird to go over to MS when you are using an Apple device.  

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ncharles
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One word - storage.  A lot more of it, in fact.  25GB.  iCloud offers, what 5GB?  That extra 20GB is a big difference.

 

On the SkyDrive downside to some users, iCloud basically operates as a seamless background service on iOS devices, automatically storing and backing up data.  SkyDrive is much more hands-on.  It isn't terrible, just asks more out users than iCloud, pretty much what one would expect from Microsoft vs. Apple.  Also, SkyDrive has some clunky interface issues.  There isn't a way I know of to favorite a file for offline access.  There may be a way, and I just don't know it, but even if that is the case, it means that the feature is poorly implemented.  I think all the basic pieces are there for SkyDrive, and the amount of storage is excellent, it just needs some refinement to make it a little more user friendly.  That extra 20GB of storage over iCloud makes it easy for me to forgive a few minor issues.

jimlynch
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Hi rhames,

Here's a comparison of the two that you might find interesting:

SkyDrive or iCloud? The pros and cons of both
http://www.liveside.net/2011/06/07/skydrive-or-icloud-the-pros-and-cons-...

And here's another article that compares iCloud/Google/Amazon/Dropbox/SkyDrive:

Apple iCloud vs Google vs Amazon Cloud Drive vs Dropbox vs Microsoft SkyDrive
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/40364/icloud-google-music-dropbox-skydri...

Agili Ron
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Hello Friends,

Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service debuted for iPhones this week, after it had been available to Windows users for several years and on Windows Phone 7 devices more recently. Microsoft understands that a lot of Windows users are carrying iPhones with them, so SkyDrive for iOS is a welcome addition, but the personal cloud market already offers plenty of choice.
If you have an iPhone and want cloud storage, chances are you already use Dropbox or Box.net -- or Apple’s own iCloud -- but Microsoft’s SkyDrive has one major advantage over them: it offers 25GB of free storage for your documents or media files. In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage, while Apple and Box’s free accounts offer 5GB free storage.
To access your SkyDrive files, you will first have to sign in with your Windows Live/Hotmail credentials. The app has four main tabs that give you access to all your files and folders, recently edited files, a handy list of files you shared or have been shared with you, and a settings tab.

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Agili Ron

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Layton Elliott
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I was surprised to see that this pops up on Google when I do a search for Skydrive IOS. I thought it prudent to respond.

 

I am a teacher in a Jesuit high school that has recently gone one-to-one Bring your own Device. For those not in the education world, this means that we require the students to have a device (laptop, tablet, etc.) that can word processing, web browse, collaborate with other students, and create other content. While it might have been "easier" to pick the Apple walled garden like so many other institutions do with iPad or pick Microsoft before of the permeance of Office, we allow for choice.

 

Cloud storage is a choice, and each of the major options has their advantages/disadvantages in the education world. Dropbox is the quickest to sync with its desktop client, the best solution for multiple people sharing a single file repository, and the most updated with regard to its desktop and smartphone apps. Google Drive is the best at the moment for collaborating on a document, spreadsheet, or presentation. It's forms are also great for easy collecting of data. Box.net is the most secure, and I use that for student grades, education reports, and other sensititve data.

 

Skydrive has the most storage. I was grandfathered in with 25GB and have upped that to 50GB for minimal cost. Also, Skydrive documents open within the Word Web App which allows students to view equations in math documents, something that no other service can do (with the exception of Dropbox, which added minimal support a few months ago). Skydrive also stores OneNote notes, which is still the best solution for pen-based notetaking on a Windows Tablet PC. These notes can be accessed by students from the OneNote Web App, but the inking cannot be viewed on the iOS apps.

 

Many of our students will also now be coming with Windows 8 machines with built-in Skydrive support. But several of these students also have iOS devices. A smoother interoperability of these platforms is only advantageous to the user.

 

I am anxious for Skydrive to update, and with it the entire Microsoft suite on iOS. I hope Apple and Microsoft can resolve these issue of subscription. If anything, do what Amazon did with the Kindle app and remove the in-app purchase... 

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What is the downside?  I bought a HTC phone and got 25GB free on drop box.  I had a hotmail account and grabbed the 25GB free on skydrive.  Now I hear Google is upping their storage to 15GB for free.  They all do pretty much the same thing.  If I need to share a file with another person then I got it covered that there is about 0 chance that they don't have a gmail or hotmail account.  

 

I wouldn't use it over I would use it in addtion to.  Although Icloud kind of doesn't do as much as the other three.  But I use it to back up my ipad and dropbox to back up my android phone.  I have my personal (my documents folder )files in skydrive , my pictures backed up in google drive and my music in google music.  

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