Comparison of Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox

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Comparison of Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox

All of us would like to access the photos, files and documents that are stored on personal computers from other places on different devices. The cloud based storage services help us in such situations. Dropbox was the only choice for a long time. Later, Microsoft entered the arena with the SkyDrive service.

Now, Google has launched the Google Drive to spice up the competition. All these three services are similar. They all offer online storage, facility to edit the documents on the computer from other devices and many others. The table below lists out the comparison of these three services.

Feature

SkyDrive

Google Drive

Dropbox

Supported Platforms

Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, iPhone, iPad

PC, Mac, Android

Windows, iOS, Mac, BlackBerry, Android (supports Windows XP)

Free Storage

7 GB

5 GB

2 to 3 GB

Storage Plans

20 GB for $10 per year

50 GB for $25 per year

25 GB for $2.49 per month

50 GB for $99 per year

Built-in File Viewers

Offline documents, videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs, Photoshop mockups, AuoCAD drawings

Offline documents, videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs, Photoshop mockups, AuoCAD drawings

Offline documents, videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs, Photoshop mockups, AuoCAD drawings

Selective Sync

Copies all files to all devices

Selectively synchronize folders per computer

Selectively synchronize folders per computer

Account Security

No extra protection

2 step protection due to connection with Google account

No extra protection

Advantages

1. Plenty of storage

2. Web app allows to access files from the browser

3. Access files easily using Windows Live ID

1. Pleasing interface

2. Brilliant search feature

3. Email files easily from Drive account

1. 16 GB storage by referring friends

2. Powerful and useful apps

3. Maximum number of platforms supported

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