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The cloud storage ecosystem is rife with fierce competition, with companies one-upping each other every single month. In August, we saw Dropbox finally decide to offer a 1TB plan for $10/mo like Google and Microsoft rolled-out months earlier, and last month, Microsoft issued some updates to OneDrive, which included a boost to the file size limit. It seems Microsoft wasn't finished with its improvements, though. No, it now seems like the Redmond firm won't be able to settle down until it gets the likes of Dropbox and Google to smack their collective heads. What the company has just announced via its OneDrive blog is that Office 365 subscribers will soon be gaining unlimited storage. With this... Read more...
There's a bit of an arms race going on in the cloud, with services like OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox continually adding new features and options. Last week it was Dropbox that made a major move by consolidating its three paid subscription option into a single plan with more storage, and this week it's Microsoft that's bring about changes to its OneDrive service. One of those changes is happening on the down-low. You may have noticed that you can now upload files larger than 2GB to your OneDrive account. That's because Microsoft has started dropping file size limits this weekend as it looks to do away with an old restriction that really isn't necessary in today's landscape. While there... Read more...
Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere 2GB of free storage to its users, requiring referrals to increase it to a maximum of 18GB. Because of Google's move to offer 15GB for free, I think this action was pretty-much required by Microsoft if it wanted to properly lure new users in. However, even 15GB is rather paltry compared to the 25GB free that the service originally gave. Maybe we'll get there... Read more...
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked details on how the government had forced various IT companies to disclose information (or secured their willing cooperation), companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been desperate to regain their users' trust. Six months ago, Microsoft announced that it would reengineer its products and services to provide a much higher level of security -- today, the company revealed that its reached an important milestone in that process. As of now, Outlook.com uses TLS (Transport Layer Security) to provide end-to-end encryption for inbound and outbound email -- assuming that the provider on the other end also uses TLS. The TLS standard has been in the news fairly... Read more...
The cloud storage market is hotly competitive, and amid the dustup between various providers, consumers are winning. The latest win for us is that Microsoft announced that it’s slashing the cost for its OneDrive cloud storage service by a whopping 70% and offering better freebies, too. Every OneDrive user gets 15GB of cloud storage for free--up from 7GB--and the cost for Microsoft’s paid plans are suddenly quite low. You can get 100GB of storage for $1.99 or 200GB for $3.99. For comparison, the old prices were $7.49 and $11.49 per month, respectively. Finally, Office 365 subscriptions are getting backed by substantial storage options. Office 365 Home costs $9.99 per month, which gets... Read more...
For the past few months, Microsoft has been loudly and insistently banging a drum. All support and service for Windows XP and Office 2003 shuts down on April 8 -- no more security updates, no more fixes. In early February, faced with a slight uptick in users on the decrepit operating system the month before, Microsoft hit on an idea:  Why not recruit tech-savvy friends and family to tell old holdouts to get off XP? The response to this earnest effort was a torrent of abuse from Windows 8 users who aren't exactly thrilled with the operating system. Microsoft has come under serious fire for some significant missteps in this process, including a total lack of actual upgrade options. What Microsoft... Read more...
Make no mistake--Microsoft’s new OneDrive cloud storage solution is little more than a simple re-branding of SkyDrive, a change the company was forced to make after it opted out of a trademark spat with BSkyB over the service’s original name. “Little more”, that is, because Microsoft is taking the opportunity to add a few features to OneDrive for today’s official rollout. First, although OneDrive users still get 7GB of free cloud storage, they can earn up to an additional 5GB of additional storage in increments of 500MB for those who successfully invite friends to the service (a la Dropbox). Users can also get another 3GB of storage by opting in to the camera backup... Read more...
Microsoft announced that is has renamed its long-running SkyDrive cloud storage and sharing service. From henceforth, it shall be known as “OneDrive”. In the short video Microsoft posting on its OneDrive blog announcing the change, the new message is that the service is “one” place for everything--your photos, videos, and so on. If you’re wondering what cool new changes Microsoft is launching with the new brand name, here’s a complete list: Nothing. It’s just a new name. “For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive... Read more...
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