Microsoft enters personal cloud market with OneDrive

By: February 20, 2014

Microsoft’s personal cloud storage service, OneDrive is now available globally.

Previously known as SkyDrive, Microsoft says it will give “the first 100,000 customers to sign up an additional 100GB of complimentary storage for one year”.

OneDrive now has some new features, including improved video sharing and newly updated apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Xbox. OneDrive is also built into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office and Xbox.

OneDrive is free up to the first 7GB of storage and users then have the option to buy storage in 50, 100 and 200GB increments at $25 per 50GBs.

Dropbox accounts start with 2GB of free space and you can then earn more free space or buy $10 monthly subscriptions for each 100GB up to 500GB.

Google Drive gives you 15GB free and then asks for just $5 a month for each extra 100GB, up to a whopping 16TB.

Box gives you 10GB for free and then charges $10 a month for 100GB or $45 a month for 1TB.

It’s a pretty competitive industry and likely to get even more competitive now OneDrive has entered the market.