file_sharing

Google Changes Its Programs For Storing Photos And Files Online

Google Backup and Sync

Google is changing the programs that Windows and Mac computers use to store photos and files online. You’re not required to do anything right away but some of you will be prompted to update to a new program in the next few months. Let’s see if we can unravel some of the details of Google Backup and Sync, and Drive File Stream. […] continued

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Storing Business Files Online: Dropbox, Google & Box Are Sprinting While Microsoft Falls Behind

The race for online shared folders

Microsoft is losing another race. This one should have been Microsoft’s race to win but it is falling behind for familiar reasons: an inability to keep up with the competition, and its self-inflicted injuries from making overly complex, confusing services with poorly chosen names.

Small businesses and law firms want to store shared files in the cloud instead of on a server in the closet. […] continued

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Dropbox Finally Adds New Business Features

Dropbox Business - new plans, new features

Dropbox has begun to roll out important improvements in its services for business. In particular, Dropbox team folders finally make Dropbox a viable competitor for Box for shared online company folders.

Some background before we get to the new features.

Although Microsoft and Dropbox try to make things fuzzy, the reality is that OneDrive and Dropbox were both built to hold files owned by individuals. […] continued

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Box Is Now Seamlessly Integrated With Windows And Office

Seamless integration between Box and Office 365

With some new additions last week, Box is now completely integrated with Windows and the Office programs. Microsoft has opened Windows and Office so partner companies can integrate with them, and Box is one of the first companies to take full advantage of the new opportunities. Files stored in Box are as easily accessible as files stored on a server down the hall. […] continued

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OneDrive Update: Easier Setup In Windows 10, Plus The Mystery Of OneDrive For Business

OneDrive - easier setup in Windows 10

Let’s get caught up on the latest news about OneDrive, Microsoft’s service for storing files online and syncing them to your computers and mobile devices.

If you’re new to OneDrive, it’s a free service tied to your Microsoft account that’s similar to Dropbox. It creates a magic set of folders on your computer that are synced online and available on any device linked to the Microsoft account. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Not Playing Nicely With Your Internet Connection

Windows 10 is stealing your bandwidth

The tech press has been full of manufactured outrage and clickbait headlines about supposed invasions of privacy built into Windows 10 by a wicked Microsoft. Most of it falls apart on close examination and turns out to be mundane and uninteresting – I can’t find the energy to be upset that Microsoft collects anonymous information about the way you use Windows to improve it and fix bugs, for example. […] continued

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OneDrive For Business And Microsoft’s Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

OneDrive vs. OneDrive For Business - login screen

Someday the difference between OneDrive and OneDrive For Business will be easy to understand.

Someday OneDrive For Business will work smoothly and the two services will be consistent.

Someday the services will have a system for sharing files that makes sense for small businesses.

But not today.

Microsoft shared more information about the roadmap for OneDrive at two conferences last week and now we know that OneDrive and OneDrive For Business are still going to be confusing and messy for at least another year. […] continued

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Microsoft Changes The Game With Unlimited OneDrive Storage

Unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers

On Monday Microsoft left Dropbox and Google Drive in the dust when it announced that all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost.

The upgrade will be delivered soon to everyone with a consumer (Microsoft account) subscription to the Office programs through Office 365 Personal ($69.99/year) and Office Home ($99.99/year). […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: Box.com Rides To The Rescue

Box.com - online file storage for small business

Previously: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

Box.com has matured into a service that meets the needs of small businesses and law firms for online file storage of shared company files.

Box was founded almost ten years ago. It has grown into a large company with a fast-growing user base, including almost half of the Fortune 500 companies. […] continued

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Moving Company Files To The Cloud: The Problem With OneDrive For Business

OneDrive for Business - the problem with company files

Small businesses and law firms are ready to move their documents to the cloud. Until recently, I haven’t had an answer about how to accomplish that because none of the familiar solutions were quite right.

Let’s get some background, using OneDrive for Business as an example of a service that looks like it ought to be the right answer – but isn’t. […] continued

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15Gb Bonus OneDrive Storage Space! Free! Limited Time Only!

OneDrive - 15Gb free for activating camera roll backup

Free! Additional 15Gb of OneDrive storage! Limited time only! Expires soon! Operators are standing by!

Microsoft has been steadily improving OneDrive this year, dropping the price of online file storage and forcing Dropbox and Google to lower prices to match Microsoft. Now Microsoft is using the iPhone launch as an excuse to push a few more people into the OneDrive camp. […] continued

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Dropbox Lowers Prices, Still Comes Out Behind OneDrive

Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box

The cost of online storage continues to drop as Microsoft, Google and Amazon race to build out enormous online data storehouses. Last week Dropbox finally dropped its price for 1Tb of online file storage to $9.99/month to match the competition. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive will also give you 1Tb of space for $9.99/month. […] continued

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Still More Free OneDrive Storage. Can Dropbox survive?

Microsoft OneDrive - more storage space, lower prices

This week Microsoft announced huge increases in the amount of free online storage space with each OneDrive account, and sharply reduced prices again for additional space. Synced online file storage is turning into a basic component of our devices, something that we expect instead of a premium feature that we pay for. […] continued

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OneDrive Arrives As The Cross-Platform Solution

OneDrive Replaces SkyDrive

OneDrive officially replaced SkyDrive worldwide today, with a new URL (www.onedrive.com) and updated apps with the new name already showing up on computers, tablets and phones.

There isn’t much that’s new other than the name. Current SkyDrive users got an email today offering 20Gb of additional storage space for one year free, which is nice, but that’s about it. […] continued

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Understanding Skydrive, Part 4: Sharing And Collaboration

Skydrive sharing

Previously:
The Difference Between A Microsoft Account And An Office 365 Account
Understanding Skydrive, Part 1: Skydrive vs. Skydrive Pro
Understanding Skydrive, Part 2: The Basics
Understanding Skydrive, Part 3: The Microsoft Office Connection

Microsoft has steadily improved sharing in Skydrive. Among other uses, it has become one of the easiest and most attractive services to use for sharing photos, and it is one of the best ways to deal with files that are too large to email. […] continued

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