As you might expect, Microsoft added these features to keep up with (or get ahead of) other cloud storage services like Amazon Cloud Drive.
When I saw this, it got me thinking about the free cloud storage options for your Surface tablet. And so, I decided to make this post that outlines what each service offers.
The results will be in a table format, so that you can easily compare their features.
Cloud Storage Options for your Surface: The Competitors
I’ll be comparing the following free cloud storage services. I know there are others like SugarSync and Mega so if I missed your favorite, I’m sorry but I can’t cover them all without making such a huge table that it would be unreadable. I did try to pick 6 of the the most popular options, however.
And I’ll be comparing the following criteria:
- Space offered for free
- File size limit
- Can you “earn” more space (i.e. if you refer a friend do you get additional free space)
- Sharing (i.e. can you share files from within your space)
- Windows Store App
- Sync client (for Surface Pro)
- Ease of use
Please note that all of the offerings can be accessed from either a Surface Pro or Surface RT/2 machine using a web browser.
Cloud Storage Options for your Surface: The Results
Without any further delay, here are the results of my research:
(Click on the table for a much larger view)
I hope you find this useful. I know cloud storage is really important to me because i often have much more data than I can fit on my Surface’s local storage and having options for cloud storage is the best way to get around that limitation.
So, as always, your fellow readers and I would like to know what you think. So, if you have any input, please leave a comment.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.