Well, that didn't take long. Just three weeks after Microsoft announced it would changing the name of its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to OneDrive, the switch has taken effect. Here are the upsides and downsides of the move.
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It's hard to say no to free cloud storage and Microsoft appears to be in a giving mood, seeing as it's near Christmas and all. If you're in the possession of a device running Windows Phone, you should probably check your inbox -- you might find 20GB of free SkyDrive space waiting for you, courtesy of the company.
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The cloud storage wars are heating up and there are a lot of reasons to look at the alternatives. One big question is: "Which service is the fastest at syncing files?" Unsurprisingly, that title goes to reigning incumbent, Dropbox.
The ability to sync files stored on SkyDrive with your computer can be very useful, especially given the generous space allocation (7GB for everyone, up to 25GB for early adopters). However, one Lifehacker reader has noticed that keeping a large SkyDrive collection in sync can use a lot of bandwidth, potentially trigging shaping or an excess usage bill.
The offer of 25GB of free space has always been one of the most attractive features of Microsoft's SkyDrive, but surprisingly it's never been particularly easy to integrate that space with a Windows machine. While Windows 8 promises a much tighter level of SkyDrive integration, a newly-released tool from Microsoft makes files in your SkyDrive easily accessible from any Windows 7 or Vista machine. The one catch? If you haven't already used SkyDrive, you now only get 7GB, not 25GB.