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Never lose files again. Here’s how to get the most out of Microsoft’s deject-storage service.
Microsoft has a trouble when it comes to sticking with product names. With the exception of Windows and Office, it seems to re-brand its offerings every few years. Sometimes it’s arbitrary (at least to customers). Sometimes it’s considering of legalities.
Take FolderShare, for instance, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2005 and promptly renamed Windows Live FolderShare—because everything was chosen “Alive” back then. In the years since, information technology has been Windows Live Mesh, Essentials, Live Folders, and SkyDrive.
SkyDrive is a great name, just it was taken. Sort of. Microsoft got sued in the U.G. by broadcaster BSkyB for using the word “Sky.” A court agreed that information technology infringed a trademark, and Microsoft had to rebrand again. In keeping with other products similar OneNote and Xbox One, information technology went with OneDrive.
OneDrive really should be a bigger name than information technology is. Just Microsoft isn’t as synonymous with deject/sync as Dropbox or Google Drive. The latter has the excellent integration of Docs and Sheets for online editing, just OneDrive has something arguably better: total integration with Office Online (formerly Function Web Apps; come across what I mean most renaming?). Office Online houses the online versions of Microsoft Discussion, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Plus, OneDrive is integrated directly with Windows—no utility needed. All it takes to access OneDrive is a Microsoft account. The service will sync files betwixt all your Windows and Mac computers, which you tin can access online via mobile apps and the Web.
OneDrive is a favorite of PCMag analysts. It also made a large splash announcing unlimited online storage in 2014, but recently took that selection away cheers to a small number of users who abused the privilege, Microsoft claims. Redmond is also killing gratuitous storage on your smartphone’s camera roll.
The free tier of OneDrive storage is now a measly 5GB, downward from fifteen, for existing users. Office 365 subscribers, who used to get the unlimited, will get only 1TB at no cost. Those without Office subscriptions accept to pay $i.99 a month for 50GB (downward from 100GB), all of which will take effect in 2016. Files stored with OneDrive tin also now be as big as 10GB, up from 2GB. (Dropbox file size is unlimited.)
Later you set up your storage, you fix it and forget it, right? Y’all shouldn’t. There’due south a lot more to OneDrive than that. Bank check out our list of tips in the slideshow. You’ll get the scoop on exactly what you need to take total advantage of a service that
be named Windows Live SkyFolderShareMeshDrive… but thankfully, is not.
This story was showtime published on Nov. 4, 2014.