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. […] continuedRead more
Fujitsu has made the best small business scanner for many years. You should have one on the desk of every employee who deals with paper.
The Fujitsu iX500 was introduced almost eight years ago. It was designed so well that it is almost unchanged today, and it continues to be the best choice for home and small business use. […] continuedRead more
It has become easy to use your phone for quick scans and to create PDFs on the fly. Find an app to use and remember it when you get a receipt or document that should be scanned on the fly.
Each of the major cloud services – Microsoft OneDrive (Office Lens), Box (Box Capture), Dropbox, and Google Drive – has an app for scanning documents with the phone camera and storing the scans online. […] continuedRead more
One is an aberration. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend.
There are three new Chromebooks on the market with some interesting things in common. It’s a trend. It might be an early sign of an important shift in the devices we use.
Let’s get some background, then take a look at the three new devices. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft opened the Office programs to third party cloud services in February. Since then, connections have been added at a dizzying pace for directly accessing files stored in other services. Dropbox and Box are being integrated in a variety of ways (including an interesting connection to Office Online, described below), and connections to Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and others will follow. […] continuedRead more
Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continuedRead more
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). […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
War has broken out.
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have been building walled gardens, ecosystems of services that work best if you have multiple devices on the same platform. Example: once you buy an iPad, it is far more likely that your next phone will be an iPhone, because you’ve become familiar with how iOS works, and because the Apple ecosystem will make the two devices work together. […] continuedRead more
This is not an exhaustive list, just a few things that stand out about the cloud syncing services in their current forms. None of these is a reason to choose one or the other service, they’re just interesting things to know. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Google each introduced services this week that are copies of Dropbox in rather precise detail.
Taken together, these services represent a fundamental change in the way we use technology. Here’s my best effort to sum it up:
Storing files on one device or in one physical location is now just another option – and not a very useful one. […] continuedRead more