If you get two golden apples in one month, how would be your reaction? Cloud Clients for Windows Desktop have come up in the form of
SkyDrive OneDrive and Google Drive. You must be already knowing that Microsoft provides online storage in the form of OneDrive to every Windows Live user account holder. Same goes with Google.
You can access Google Drive using your Google account or Gmail account. You get FREE online cloud storage of 7GB and 5GB with OneDrive and Google Drive respectively. Is this concept new? No! Apple has already been advertising and released its cloud backup service in the form of ‘iCloud’.
Though there are other online cloud clients like DropBox, Amazon Cloud, Box, Adobe Creative Cloud etc Google Drive and SkyDrive are challenging the competition. Earlier, it was possible only through third-party clients and software to connect to your OneDrive account and Google storage account. Now, the “real” vendors themselves have released clients for their online backup cloud storage services.
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How to Install and Work with OneDrive Client?
The OneDrive client (one of the newly released cloud clients for desktop) is compatible with Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 (SP2) and Windows Server R2 operating systems. By installing the OneDrive client application you will be able to synchronize your folders/files/images/videos on your computer with your OneDrive account.
There are also premium or paid versions for this cloud storage.
# Paid storage available for US$10/year for +20GB , US$25/year for +50GB, US$50/year for +100 GB # 2GB maximum file size limit
# OneDrive Client available in 106 languages
To work with OneDrive client, you need to download the executable from the above link and install the software. The installation process is intuitive and you need to provide Windows Live Id login and password to complete the process.
You can easily create your sign in credentials using this link. (You either need to create an Hotmail account or use your existing Email credentials). You’ll see the above screenshot once a folder called “SkyDrive” is created under “Favorites”.
Initially the folders will only sync with your OneDrive account ( if you’ve already uploaded any folders/files etc). To see the files in the folders also, you need to have “Shared Folder Synchronization”. I’m assuming that you need to have Office SharePoint service installed ( which comes with Office 2007 or 2010) for this to work. Please correct me if I’m wrong in the comment section. Once this is over, you can use OneDrive folder, just like any other folder in Windows.
Also, OneDrive client is available for Windows 7 Phone, Mac OS X Lion and iOS as well. If you’re also a Windows 8 Consumer Preview owner, you can also check the metro-style OneDrive app.
What about Google Drive – Another Cloud Client?
Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so, creating, building, editing your Google Docs is fairly simple job with Google Drive. Currently, Google Drive application is available for Windows, Mac and Android operating systems. The best thing about this service is you can search your Google Drive just like you search your computer. Power users can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100 GB for $4.99/month, and 1TB for $49.99/month. Upgrading to a paid Google Drive account will also increase your Gmail account storage limit to 25GB.
An app for iOS devices is coming soon.
Important Note: At the time of this writing, my Google Drive is not ready yet and so I couldn’t test the app as of now. So if anybody has already got their Google Drive, please let me know their experiences in the comment section.
Update (8/5/12): I received my Google Drive client recently, a couple of days, after I applied for it clicking on the above link.
Once you install the Google Drive client, you’ll see a small “triangle” kind of icon in the system tray.
You can get more FREE space, if you can create more accounts related to both the clients. The only drawback is you’ve to login and logout, if you want to use multiple accounts and unlimited storage space. It’s only in theory that your storage is limited, but if you can create multiple accounts, your backup solutions are unlimited.