Existing subscribers all get 25GB
You do, but you have to "claim it" in order to keep it. Go to your account page and click on the relevant button. You then get to keep your 25GB for free irrespective of subscriptions.
Microsoft has revealed the price for paid services on its SkyDrive cloud storage, which kick in at US$10/year, US$25/year and US$50/year for 20GB, 50GB or 100GB respectively. Paid services also gain the name “SkyDrive updates”. The company has also upped the free storage available to newbies to 7Gb, citing the graph of current …
I got a banner on logging in.
Turns out that the "manage storage" bit is yet another place in the wacky world of Windows Live that stuffs your language settings with whatever it thinks is appropriate courtesy of IP geolocation.
If anyone happens to be near to the arsehat at MS who's responsible for Windows Live's cavalier attitude to user language settings, could you give him a kicking for me? Thanks.
Just logged in now, I've had a skydrive account for ages and I've been bumped down to 7GB, maybe you only get to keep the 25GB if you're already using more than 7?"
Don't think so. I hadn't logged in to Skydrive since last November and I only use 70Meg.
Sky Drive may have links, I know because my users keep coming to IT for support 'cos they can't get the attachment they sent to their work account from hotmail, because it now defaults to sending a link to a SkyDrive document. I guess it's one way to get corporates to open up the infrastructure to SkyDrive.
Despite the assertion in the article, the Dropbox links feature doesn't seem to be limited to paid users. I've never paid Dropbox a dime (though I have acquired some extra space through referrals) and I can use the new Links option without any problems.
In fact there's nothing in the Dropbox blog post which indicates it's for paid users only either. Not sure where The Register got this impression from.
Now that they expect people to pay, one would expect Microsoft to finally fix the glaring flaw in their photo gallery view in Skydrive: it ignores the orientation field in the EXIF data, where all modern cameras indicate if the photo is in landscape or portrait orientation. It does not even allow setting this information manually. So all my portrait shots are still shown sideways. One reason I have not been so keen using it, except as a kind of backup location.
You can put 64GB on a phone's microSD card so using the cloud instead seems tedious. I find online storage useful for the file that I didn't expect that I'd need - a tiny file out of terabytes of files. Right now that's easy to accomplish with a home server but nearly impossible with cloud storage.
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