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Cloud Wars: Apples iCloud Versus Microsofts SkyDrive

Cloud Wars: Apple's iCloud Versus Microsoft's SkyDrive

There is a question mark. Mac or PC? Users have their own set of reasons for liking and disliking any platform. As Mac users are now able to run Windows system on their Mac easily along with windows users to leverage iTunes so as to keep their iPads and iPhones working all along, are there are chances that the hostilities will be settled down.

Unfortunately, there is another argument that has taken place. The basic concept of the argument revolves around that which company, Apple or Microsoft, provides a greater cloud service experience. Whether it is the iCloud of Apple or the SkyDrive by Microsoft? Below mentioned is a blow to blow account as to how does the two most prominent cloud computing platforms tends to stack themselves against each other.

Data Syncing Capability

If you are a Windows, Mac or an iOS user,  the Apple’s iCloud is a simple win for you. Calendars, contacts as well as Safari bookmarks automatically syncs within these devices. Moreover, the users are also able to sync in all their documents as well as data through this services also. On the other hand, SkyDrive have recently introduced an app for the iPhone and its own Windows Phone 7 to have an access and an interaction with all their files. From this it can be derived that the integration of iCloud with OS X and iOS supportive applications is second to none.

Winner: iCloud

Storage

The basic characteristic of any cloud computing application is that it should be able to provide you with all the storage capacities that are required without creating a cramped up situation. iCloud offers the users a 5GB of free storage which can be effectively used for cloud-based iOS backups, file serving as well as e-mail storage. In case, additional storage capacities are required the users can buy upgrades that vary in space as well as in price. Microsoft, on the other hand, offers 25GB of free storage in its SkyDrive application which is something good in itself.

Winner: SkyDrive

Web Apps

There are a variety of apps that are designed to offer cloud services such as the Dropbox, SugarSync, Amazon and Box are a few among them. The point which tends to compel iCloud and SkyDrive is that in addition to providing consumers a place to save heir documents and files, they also offers ways so as to tinker with all that data to boot. By logging into the iCloud, users are able to work with their contacts, calendars and e-mails. On the sadder side, the issue is that Apple has not provided any options through which these files can be edited without the help of a computer or an iOS device having Numbers, Pages and Keynotes in it.

SkyDrive, however, is loaded with several web based applications. The Windows Live Mail, contacts and calendar applications along with the facility to the users in the form of online versions of Microsoft Office suite and all are made useable without the help of a computer version of the program.

Winner: SkyDrive

Messaging

If you own a SkyDrive account, it is obvious that you also have a Windows Live Messenger account. This app has been designed to offer messaging clients for a broad range of devices inclusive of Windows PC’s, Mac computers, BlackBerry Phones, Xbox 360 and several others. On the other hand, iChat is exclusive to the hardware of Apple but makes use of the AOL’s protocols so that it can be availed along with other chat clients. Additionally, the application also offers the ability to chat with users from several other networks such as Yahoo, ICQ, XMPP, Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger is also in the waiting line.

Winner: iCloud

Find My iPhone

The users of iCloud tends to gain free access to the great feature offered by Apple under the title of Find My iPhone, which has been designed to track enabled Mac operating systems and iOS devices even when they are roaming. This feature is not so much enhanced within the SkyDrive or more there is no such feature offered by Microsoft on remote basis.

Winner: iCloud

Verdict

Due to the simplicity in its interface, the wide range of services and several other aspects, the iCloud application of Apple has secured the first position. But there are chances that the SkyDrive will cover up soon of the differences.

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