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Google Drive vs. SkyDrive vs. Dropbox

Created on: Apr 25, 2012 11:35 AM by squadMCU - Last Modified:  Apr 25, 2012 11:45 AM by squadMCU

Yesterday, Microsoft unleashed a desktop sync app for SkyDrive. Today, Google followed by finally launching Google Drive

after a series of early appearances hinted that it was going to be  arriving very, very soon. So now that the dust has settled,

how do the  two new services stack up with the current king of cloud storage and  sync, Dropbox? Let’s take a look.

Free Storage


In terms of disk space in the cloud, SkyDrive offers you the most  bang for your non-buck. While there are other ways to bump

up your  Dropbox storage without paying, all new SkyDrive users get the full 7GB  from the get-go. Better still, if you’re an

existing SkyDrive user and  you install the new app you’ll get a whopping 25GB at no charge.

Additional Storage


Worried those base storage amounts won’t cut the mustard? Not to  fear. All three services offer paid upgrades. Once again,

SkyDrive  offers the best deal — with an additional 100GB of space coming in at  $10 less than it would run you on Google Drive.

Dropbox might need to  re-examine their pricing at this point, since they’re by far the most  expensive platform now.


It’s worth noting that upgrading to any paid account with Google Drive will automatically bump your Gmail storage to 25GB.

Selective Sync


Microsoft said they wanted to keep the SkyDrive app as  straightforward and easy to use as possible. Unfortunately, that means  there’s

no option to choose which folders you want to synchronize —  everything in your SkyDrive folder is fair game. Both Dropbox and Google

  Drive give you control over which files you want to sync on your  connected systems.


Platform Support


Both Microsoft and Google released apps for their own mobile  platforms while simultaneously snubbing each other’s. All three services  offer iOS,

Windows, and Mac apps, but Dropbox is the one to use if you  run a Linux system or own a BlackBerry smartphone.





If you work with Microsoft Office files on a regular basis and need  100% compatibility, SkyDrive might be the best choice due to its

tight  connection with the Office Web Apps. For Google Docs or OpenOffice  users, however, either Google Drive or SkyDrive will fit

the bill.  Dropbox, of course, is just a storage, sharing, and sync platform — but  you can still work with your files in the cloud thanks

to support from  web apps like Zoho.


3rd party app integration is one area where Dropbox really shines.  It’s been much more widely adopted by developers than SkyDrive.

Even  though it should be a simple task for devs to tweak apps that support  Google Docs storage to support Google Drive, Dropbox

will probably  maintain their lead in this area at least for a little while. We’ll see  what happens in the coming months.


Summing Up


So, which service is the one to choose? There’s no one-size fits all  solution when it comes to cloud storage and sync apps, but fortunately

there are plenty of good options out there. With Microsoft and Google  entering the fray, there’s one thing that you can bank on: your app

of  choice is only going to get better (and probably cheaper) thanks to all  the extra competition.




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