Technology at Geneseo Community School District 228
Apple, Google, and Microsoft continue to work hard to get you to store your media and information within each of their own respective cloud storage centers. Recently Microsoft released Skydrive the iOS app. Surprisingly this is a decent app that is pretty close to DropBox and offers 25 gigs of free storage compared to DropBox’s measly 2 gig’s free, or even iClouds 5 gigs free. Yes that is correct Microsoft’s Skydrive is no cross platform, allows 25 free gigs of upload space and works well on iPad or iPhone.
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I think the battle for attention and control of users data is really starting to heat up. Ultimately this is probably a good move for Microsoft as it keeps its name and brand of products relevant in the mobile computing space where its flagship product has still yet to gain any momentum whatsoever. Still at 25 free gigs of useable cloud storage space this may get a second look from a lot of users and may stop some of DropBoxes momentum.
Still despite it being a decent app there remains one major flaw, Microsoft restricts an individual file size to be less than 100megs, this limitation is not included in Dropbox and needs to be removed. The truth is many users share and use files in the cloud over 100megs, this restriction takes away from the huge allowance of 25 gigs in terms of overall functionality. I must wonder why the restriction on file size at all with this cloud storage service? It appears Microsoft wants to avoid movies and other large media files from being shared through its service which could be by design, perhaps for legal reasons, but overall it does take away from what looks like a very good product.
Microsoft also released an Photo panaroma app called Photosynth. Again somewhat surprised but the app is really quite good and with a free price tag worth checking out. Both apps currently are getting pretty good ratings in the iTunes store 4+.
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