Microsoft is making a strong case for its online services with SkyDrive, a cloud storage service that offers lots of flexibility and storage for little, if any, cost. A Microsoft SkyDrive review by PC Mag confers the Editor's Choice award on this cloud. The reviewer cited several things to like about SkyDrive. It has a clean, simple interface, for example, and users can share files with others and even let them edit those files in Microsoft's web-based office applications. A review by PC World is likewise laudatory, praising the service for its simplicity, sharing options, speed, and syncing. Still, the review suggests that a visual cue indicating when a sync is complete, with a checkmark or other icon, say, as other services provide, would be welcome. An added bonus with Microsoft SkyDrive: The generous amount of free storage and the cheap cost of extra storage.
SkyDrive offers 7GB of free storage to each user, although you must first create a Microsoft account. (If you have an account for other Microsoft online services, such as MSN, you can sign in to SkyDrive using that information.) SkyDrive works with several platforms and devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, Android phones, and Windows phones, like the HTC Windows Phone 8X. The service uses Microsoft's online Office programs for viewing and editing documents and files, which can be shared with others. Additional storage costs $10 a year for 20GB, $25 a year for 50GB, and $50 a year for 100GB -- a bargain when stacked against competing cloud services.
SkyDrive is a simple, straightforward cloud service that offers more free storage and cheaper upgrades than others. It's fast and syncs easily, and lets you share with colleagues. The fact that SkyDrive uses Microsoft's very popular Office software doesn't hurt, either.