SkyDrive vs Dropbox
Technology began to develop the moment man was invented – first fire, then the wheel, and so on. Ever since the turn of the twentieth century technology has been growing at triple speed. Just when we thought everything that could be invented, had been invented, the new millennium appeared with a slew of new advancements. Enter the age of the cloud.
The cloud computing battle continues – up at bat today is SkyDrive vs Dropbox.
|Price||$10/yr – $50/yr||$9.99 – $49.99|
|Mobile Access (Compatible Website)|
|Customer Support||Only email||Only email|
|Security||128-bit encryption used||256-bit encryption used|
Features of SkyDrive
- Syncing files – SkyDrive syncs all of your files automatically (whether you want them synced or not). This can be a bit annoying as it takes up valuable bandwidth
- File search – Quickly find the file you need by searching with just a few words contained within the document.
- Supported platforms – SkyDrive is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
- Integration – SkyDrive is a brought to you by Microsoft, so obviously it integrates well with Microsoft Office documents, as well as many other live products.
- Supported formats – SkyDrive supports most file formats, such as .doc, .jpeg and PDF.
- History and backup – Forget about any archiving. Once a file is deleted (even accidentally), it’s gone forever.
- Sharing – Sharing is easy with SkyDrive. Share collaborative work with team members. Your whole team can work on group project files at the same time and in the same place, without the need of sending big and bulky attachments by email. Sharing photos and files with family and friends is a snap.
Features of Dropbox
- Syncing files – Select which files you want to sync and to which devices you wish to sync with.
- File search – You can search for the file you need using the file name.
- Supported platforms – Dropbox is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. As well as iPhone, iOS, and Blackberry.
- Integration– Rather than integrating with other programs, extra functionality is provided by third party apps.
- Supported formats – Most file formats, such as .doc, .jpeg and PDF are supported.
- History and backup – Dropbox keeps backups for 30 days. They will also save file revisions, so older versions can be restored, if needed. Deleted files can be restored within 30 days.
- Sharing– Sharing is easy with Dropbox. Share and collaborate with team members. An entire team can work on group projects at the same time and in the same place, without sending big and bulky attachments by email. Easily share photos and files with family and friends.
SkyDrive uses first-rate security features, which includes:
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when uploading and downloading files.
- Advanced physical and electronic security methods on the servers to ensure safety.
- Duplicate copies of each file is saved on different servers and hard drives to protect against hardware failure.
Additional security can be implemented by creating a strong password and adding one or more proofs to your SkyDrive account. Adding a proof protects you in case you forget your password, or if your computer or phone is lost or stolen. The data remains protected and is only accessible by the account holder.
Dropbox uses advanced encryption measures when transferring and storing data.
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption.
- The website and client software have both been strengthened against hacker attacks .
- Public files are only viewable by people who have a link. Public folders can not be browsed or searched.
Dropbox uses the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) when storing files, which has its own robust security policy.
Pricing and Plans
SkyDrive Free Plan
- 7GB free – if you install their new app, you get an additional 25GB of storage space completely free. Essentially giving you as much as 33GB of free storage.
- additional 20GB of storage for $10 per year.
- additional 50GB of storage for $25 per year.
- additional 100GB of storage for $50 per year.
Dropbox Free Plan
- 2 GB free.
- additional 50GB for $9.99 per month, or $99 per year.
- additional 100GB for $19.99 per month, or $199 per year.
SkyDrive offers a complete FAQ section, you can get help in the forums, send an email question or find help at the Office Web Apps Help and How-to website.
Dropbox has a complete and search-able knowledge base, forums, tutorial tours and email support.
Neither company offers phone support or help via live chat.
SktDrive might be the leader when it comes to offering the most free space of any online storage provider. But what it lacks in free space, Dropbox makes up for in features, security and the ability of supporting more mobile devices. In the end, Dropbox is clearly the winner.