Mi­crosoft OneDrive

Mac Format - - CLOUD SYNCING -

MWhat is it? Mi­crosoft’s cloud stor­age of­fer­ing. Ini­tially a lit­tle late to the party, the company has used its deep pock­ets to catch up and cre­ate a cross-plat­form stor­age so­lu­tion that of­fers ex­tra fea­tures to Win­dows users. What does it work with? More or less ev­ery­thing: Win­dows and OS X through a down­load­able ap­pli­ca­tion or a browser, iOS and An­droid and of course Win­dows Phone de­vices. It even ties in with the company’s Xbox sys­tem to let you view pic­tures and movies and up­load game clips. icrosoft’s OneDrive gives you a gen­er­ous 15GB of on­line stor­age for free and you can put your files in it us­ing reg­u­lar drag-and-drop or by set­ting up desk­top sync­ing us­ing a down­load­able app that works in a sim­i­lar way to other providers.

Get ex­tra space by invit­ing friends to join and boost your stor­age to 100GB (for $1.99 a month) or 200GB (for $3.99 a month). You can also get ex­tra stor­age as part of an Ff­fice 365 sub­scrip­tion, and there’s built-in in­te­gra­tion with Of­fice on the desk­top; while this fea­ture isn’t avail­able on the Mac, it works if you use Of­fice for iPad or iPhone. Although you can store and sync any kind of file, the ben­e­fits of us­ing this par­tic­u­lar sys­tem are cen­tred around Of­fice-style tasks. You can cre­ate and edit doc­u­ments in a browser, col­lab­o­rate in real-time on Of­fice doc­u­ments, and there’s au­to­matic ver­sion­ing and his­tory of doc­u­ments too. Pho­tos and videos can be backed up from any com­pat­i­ble de­vice and viewed from the cloud, and, of course, you can share links to spe­cific files inside your drive with oth­ers while keep­ing ev­ery­thing else pri­vate. Business plans are also avail­able and of­fer more ad­vanced tools in the ar­eas of au­dit­ing, re­port­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Like Ap­ple does with iCloud and Macs, so Mi­crosoft tai­lors OneDrive to make it most at­trac­tive if you’re us­ing a Win­dows de­vice, but it’s still very ca­pa­ble even if you’re not.

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