Offline Storage Tussles In the Cloud

Storing your data in the cloud became an interesting real estate space yesterday. Microsoft renamed Windows Live Folders to Windows Live SkyDrive and added new features to the beta:

Second, we’ve been listening intently to your feedback and suggestions, and based directly on that feedback, we’re excited to bring you our next release, featuring:

  • An upgraded look and feel — new graphics to go along with your new features!
  • “Also on SkyDrive” — easily get back to the SkyDrives you’ve recently visited
  • Thumbnail images — we heard you loud and clear, and now you can see thumbnails of your image files
  • Drag and drop your files — sick of our five-at-a-time upload limit? Drag and drop your files right onto your SkyDrive
  • Embed your stuff anywhere — with just a few clicks, post your files and folders anywhere you can post html

Third, we’re excited to introduce SkyDrive in two additional regions: UK and India.

Microsoft announced that users of the service get 500MB of offline storage space.


Then Google upped the ante by announcing plans to pay for additional storage for some of their services if you need it. Basically you can add storage space as you need it if you reach the already generous free limits (i.e. Picassa is 1GB and GMail is 2.8GB). Plans are available up to 250GB. If you’re looking for 6GB in Google’s cloud it will set you back $20 a year.

Look for these real estate turf battles in the sky to continue.