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October 27, 2014

Microsoft Office 365 Users Get Unlimited OneDrive Storage

Microsoft OneDrive LogoScrew your cloud storage limits!

Microsoft just announced that all Office 365 subscribers will now get unlimited OneDrive cloud storage at no additional cost. Like, as much storage as you need. You'll never run out.

Redmond today started rolling out the unlimited storage limit to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. The rollout will continue over the coming months; if you're eager to get more storage head over to the OneDrive website, where you can sign up for a spot at the front of the line.

Microsoft said this is a perfect opportunity to start taking advantage of the auto upload feature for your camera roll on your phone, so that all your snaps will be backed up in the cloud.

In a blog post Monday, Chris Jones, corporate vice president of OneDrive and SharePoint, said unlimited storage is just one part of Microsoft's broader promiser to deliver "a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them, all while meeting the security and compliance needs of even the most stringent organizations."

August 27, 2014

Dropbox Offers 1TB Pro Account for Just $10 Per Month

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Dropbox is giving Pro users more storage for less money.

The cloud storage company on Wednesday announced it is consolidating its three Pro offerings into one new plan with 1TB of space for $10 a month. Previously, a $10 monthly Dropbox Pro subscription came with just 100GB of storage. Users had to pay $50 a month for 500GB, or half the amount you'll now get for $10.

"Whether you're a professor sending out your lesson plans, a musician creating and sharing your new composition, or a consultant writing and refining a proposal, Dropbox Pro provides a home for your passion and creativity," Dropbox said in a blog post Wednesday.

Current Dropbox Pro users will be upgraded to the new plan automatically in the next couple days, so there's no need to do anything. Those without an account can head to Dropbox's website to sign up. The company also still offers 2GB of space for free, and a $15 monthly Business plan with centralized admin controls.

June 23, 2014

Microsoft Matches Google With 15GB of Free OneDrive Storage

New Microsoft Logo With no shortage of competition in the cloud storage market, Microsoft is making it more attractive to use its OneDrive service.

The company on Monday announced it has more than doubled the amount of cloud storage space it offers to users for free. Now, OneDrive comes with 15GB of storage for free, up from 7GB.

"Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15GB of files stored on their PC," OneDrive Group Program Manager Omar Shahine, wrote in a blog post. "Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15GB for free right out of the gate — with no hoops to jump through — will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place."

Meanwhile, Microsoft is also hoping to get users to sign up for Office 365 with the promise of more OneDrive storage. From now on, all versions of Office 365 will come with 1TB of OneDrive storage, up from 20GB, Microsoft said.

May 16, 2014

Adobe Apologizes for Creative Cloud Outage

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Adobe this week apologized for a system failure that locked users out of its Creative Cloud service for almost 24 hours this week.

Just after noon on Wednesday, the Adobe Customer Care Twitter feed lit up with warnings of an outage affecting user sign ins.

The updates continued into Thursday afternoon. Around 3:40 p.m. Eastern, the company announced that the issue was resolved, and services were back online.

In a Thursday announcement, the Customer Care Team addressed the day-long problems, saying that several servers were unreachable during database maintenance activity, which affected users' ability to log in with an Adobe ID.

"First, and most importantly, we want to apologize for this outage because we know how critical our services are to you and how disruptive it's been to those of you who felt the impact," the company said.

March 27, 2014

Box Reveals New Embed Tools, Pricing

Box is gearing up for a multi-million-dollar initial public offering by releasing two new technologies and an updated API pricing scheme.

During its first Box Dev conference on Wednesday, the cloud storage company unveiled Box View and Metadata, both aimed at building a more developer-friendly platform.

"Every business in the world today is transitioning from legacy solutions to cloud services that help their workforce be more agile, collaborative and competitive," Box CEO Aaron Levie said in a statement.

"This presents a significant market opportunity for entrepreneurs and developers to create a new generation of software and Box has the opportunity to be the platform that powers this ecosystem," he said.

That power comes directly from the new Box View, which converts PDF and Office documents into easily embeddable HTML, allowing developers to build more immersive applications like custom document viewers.

Before this week's rollout to the public, a handful of organizations, including Oracle, UberConference, Xero, and Zendesk, piloted the program—and were pleased with its ease of use.

March 14, 2014

Google Slashes Drive Storage Prices, Targets Cloud Rivals

Google Drive for Android

Watch out, Box and Dropbox. Google on Thursday announced it is slashing the prices of Drive monthly storage plans.

The 100GB plan, previously priced at $4.99 a month, is now just $1.99. If you opt for 1TB of storage, the savings are even greater. Previously priced at $49.99, the 1TB plan will now set you back a measly $9.99.

If you have a lot to store, there's also a 10TB plan, with the option of adding more space if you need it, starting at $99.99. 20TB costs $199.99 a month, while 30TB is $299.99. The standard 15GB Drive plan is still free.

In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB of space for free, with extra storage starting at $9.99 a month for 100GB while Box gives you 10GB of free storage off the bat, and charges $5 a month for 100GB.

"Whether it's all the footage of your kids' baseball games, the novel you're working on, or even just your grocery list for the week, we all have files that are too important to lose," Google Drive's Director of Product Management, Scott Johnston, wrote in a blog post Thursday. "Today, thanks to a number of recent infrastructure improvements, we're able to make it more affordable for you to keep everything safe and easy to reach on any device, from anywhere."

January 27, 2014

Microsoft Rebrands SkyDrive as OneDrive After Court Battle

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Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service will soon be known as OneDrive after Redmond lost a trademark case against the U.K.'s British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

"We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future," Ryan Gavin, general manager of consumer apps and services, said in a blog post.

Current SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro users will see no change; the service will operate normally, just under the new name—OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

Gavin said the new OneDrive will be available "soon," but did not specify when the updated moniker will roll out. Interested users can sign up online to find out when the improved service hits the cloud.

"One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use," Gavin wrote. "You want OneDrive for everything in your life."

January 15, 2014

Box Revamps iOS App, Offers 50GB Free Storage for Life

Box iPad App

Box today released a brand new iPhone and iPad app, and is celebrating by offering 50GB of free storage for life to those who download the app in the next 30 days.

"We've overhauled our app to make it super-fast, simpler to use, and more immersive," David Still, vice president of mobile products at Box, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "The result, we believe, is the best content viewing and collaboration experience available today for your iOS device."

For starters, the revamped app has more intuitive user interface featuring a sidebar for comments. Even better, documents and photos should now load "significantly faster," Still said. Photos will load from low-to high-resolution, for faster scrolling and previewing.

July 31, 2013

Microsoft to Rename SkyDrive in Trademark Deal With BSkyB

Microsoft SkyDriveMicrosoft has agreed to rebrand its SkyDrive cloud service after losing a trademark case against the U.K.'s British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), but BSkyB has granted Redmond some time to make the transition.

According to the deal, "Microsoft [will] continue using the SkyDrive name for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand." Neither company provided details on how long that period of time will last.

The announcement stems from a June decision by the English High Court, which found Microsoft guilty of infringing on BSkyB's trademark. Redmond initially planned to appeal, but has apparently reconsidered. The deal involves "financial and other terms," but they were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to have reached a settlement after Microsoft agreed not to appeal the trademark infringement judgment in relation to its SkyDrive service," BSkyB said in a statement. "We will remain vigilant in protecting the Sky brand and will continue to take appropriate action against those companies who seek to use our trade mark without consent."

"We're glad to have resolution of this naming dispute, and will continue to deliver the great service our hundreds of millions of customers expect, providing the best way to always have your files with you," Microsoft said.

July 25, 2013

Cablevision Boosts DVR Cloud Service, Android Support

Cablevision Optimum Android AppCablevision's cloud-based DVR service got a boost this week, with three times more storage than previously offered by the cable provider.

Optimum's Multi-Room DVR, previously known as DVR Plus, now provides 300 hours of storage for standard-definition content, and 75 hours for high-def. Users can also record up to 10 programs simultaneously.

"Multi-Room DVR gives customers control over when and where they watch TV in the home," Bradley Feldman, vice president of video product management for Cablevision, said in a statement. "Our cloud-based DVR is the industry's most advanced DVR service and provides customers with the flexibility they need to enjoy the programming they love without being forced to choose between shows."

Along with more than 12 days worth of storage and conflict-free recording, Cablevision's Multi-Room DVR also allows for recording, management, and playback of shows from multiple TVs with a digital set-top box, as well as full DVR management on and the Optimum app.