Many of Google's apps have passed a billion installs. This sounds like a large accomplishment, until you consider that shipping pre-installed counts as being installed. In that case, it's more impressive when third-party software makes the list. Dropbox isn't at a billion yet, but it's now halfway there. Read More
Last month, Microsoft made a very unpopular decision to cut back on OneDrive storage for all of its users, reducing unlimited Office subscriber plans to 1TB, replacing paid 100GB and 200GB plans with 50GB ones for newcomers, and taking 10GB back of free storage on all regular user accounts. The justification given was an "abuse" of the unlimited plan by some users who had created backups of multiple computers and stored over 75TB of storage. In response, the user uproar explained that "unlimited" is, by definition, unlimited, and Microsoft should have put a limit from the first place if it didn't want users to surpass a certain capacity. Read More
Amazon wants to store your photos on its servers, and the first part of that is making a compelling service. Since you would understandably want to organize your pictures into albums, the latest version contains a number of tweaks to streamline the process. Read More
Amazon's Cloud Drive app has been around since June, but it's been missing some fairly basic tools. As in, so basic that it's kind of mind-boggling that they haven't been included thus far. Today's update adds the ability to rename and delete files and folders, which was apparently missing before. That seems like a pretty big omission, but it's been rectified in version 1.2. It's available now on the Google Play Store, and of course, Amazon's own Appstore. Read More
Wuala, an extra secure cloud storage service that we first talked about back in 2011, has announced its imminent shutdown. Originally created by Swiss researchers, Wuala was acquired by French hardware maker LaCie in 2009 as a means to take advantage of the growing interest in cloud solutions. After LaCie was acquired by Seagate, Wuala too fell under that corporate umbrella.
No explicit reasoning has been given for the shutdown, but it isn't hard to see that Wuala just hasn't taken off and may well have lost users in recent years. Not only do existing users have to move their data elsewhere, they need to do it quickly. Read More
It doesn't get as much attention as the competition, but
SkyDrive OneDrive is a capable alternative to Drive or Dropbox. The Android app has been lagging behind on features a little, but today's update improves things. The new features help you stay in the app more instead of jumping to the browser to get links or manage content.
Despite the existence of OneDrive, Microsoft and Dropbox are friends now. The Redmond-based company knows where you're saving your stuff, and it wants you using its office suite regardless. It's business.
So Microsoft and Dropbox have announced the next level of integration for their mutual products. Office Online will now let you open a file straight from Dropbox, edit it, and save it back. This is the kind of seamless experience that came to Android towards the end of last year.
This is all part of Microsoft's continued strategy to integrate Office with whatever platforms and cloud storage providers it can get its hands on. Read More
Copy, the cloud storage solution from Barracuda, just received what the developers call a "massive" update. The key feature is one that might not be immediately obvious: a totally rewritten sync engine, which promises to bring faster load times and more overall smoothness. If you update Copy and feel like everything is just working better, you can probably thank the new sync engine.
The other major addition is native PDF support, which gives it feature parity with competitors like Dropbox and Google Drive. By this I mean that the Copy app can open up your stored PDFs itself, rather than refer you to a third-party app. Read More
Amazon doesn't believe in limits, not anymore—not when it comes to storage space. The company has stripped Cloud Drive of its storage limitations. Now you can use the service to store as many files as you want for $59.99 a year.
To put this into perspective, Dropbox Pro charges $9.99 a month (or $99.99 a year) for 1TB of storage. To go unlimited, you need a business account. Google Drive is willing to go up to 30TB for general consumers, but it will cost you $299.99 a month. Microsoft hands out unlimited storage space, but only as part of an Office 365 subscription. Read More
Microsoft OneDrive, in its first beta release, is showing off a totally revamped Material interface. It seems there are no feature additions from the latest stable version, so we're talking strictly cosmetic changes. But when comparing old to new, is that really such a bad thing?
This side-by-side might be the best argument for floating action buttons I have ever seen. The old version's controls on the bottom just seemed a very inefficient use of space and, overall, were just plain ugly. Here's another look at the update:
It doesn't take a very close look to see this is a big improvement. Read More