#1 Microsoft Cloud Storage
Microsoft is one of the best cloud clients in terms of the number of people using it and the features it offers in its public cloud. Microsoft started with several free cloud services but later merged them into the one of the best cloud clients - Windows SkyDrive.
Though Microsoft also offers paid cloud services such as Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) and Windows Azure, the most used cloud package is Windows SkyDrive.
The BPOS and Windows Azure are packages meant for businesses of small to corporate types. BPOS offers storage and online hosting through Exchange Online, online file sharing through SharePoint, and also offers many other tools to manage instant messages and emails.
Windows Azure, on the other hand, is more suitable for software developers. Microsoft Windows Azure offers resources for developers to create, test, and host their programs as SaaS (Software as a Service). Both BPOS and Windows Azure have a great backup system that auto sync backup servers with the main ones. This way, people using these services have access to most current data even in the case where the main server is down.
Coming back to the popular cloud client, the Windows SkyDrive, it is a free cloud package that allows you to:
- Create folders and sub folders
- Create files related to MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS OneNote
- Upload files of almost any type to any folder
- Allows you to set sharing permissions for folders and files
- Read MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS OneNote files even if you do not have a local copy of MS Office on your machine.
The points (2) and (5) are managed by Office Web Apps. This is one of the best features Microsoft could bring into SkyDrive. Using Office Web Apps, you can access and edit files related to the above mentioned applications of MS Office without the need of buying and installing MS Office.
SkyDrive offers 25GB of space to each account and can be used by individuals, home businesses, and maybe even small businesses to backup and share data of almost any type.
Microsoft also offers a great cloud package that handles most aspects of computing in small businesses. Please read our article on Office 365 Comparison to learn about Office 365 and how it fares when compared to other cloud clients.