We know better than Microsoft’s SkyDrive service that provides ample storage with a well-25GB free account. The reasons are not so hidden, as has often happened in the past, the solution developed by Microsoft has high complexity and limitations in terms of compatibility decreed that failure.
In the future, something is bound to change, and Microsoft does not hide the problems of Sky Driver promising a substantial improvement of the service. According to the few statements available and we will be facing a substantial upgrade of the platform and not a simple fix of the current SkyDrive.
The problem of cloud I’ve solved some time ago with a nice Synology DS-211 +: I want all the space, install all the services you want, I have the ftp server Web, DLNA streaming to Xbox 360 iPhone, iPad and content to be shared as well as locally even by VPN.
The objectives are important: the first of all involves the creation of a simple service to use, able to integrate better with existing applications and can be cross-platform. One then SkyDrive released by clients and operating systems can be used by mobile devices or browsers yet well integrated with the applications and the operating system of Microsoft. Among the most anticipated features you would expect the ability to create and edit Office files directly using Sky Driver as well as a transparent management of backups locally and in the cloud for access to their data from various devices.
However, already through Windows Phone 7 Skydrive you can use to synchronize notes and office files, photos, and more besides, and is IMHO a very good service and what has been seen to Build 2011, will be better integrated in Windows 8 and in all new applications Metro (and even now you can use it via OAuth in any application you prefer), has support for shared folders via Live-style Dropbox mesh (with 5 gigabytes to 25 ADDITIONAL standard) and you can mount SkyDrive folders (the ones in the space of 25 GB) as network drives.
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