Microsoft are making it really hard for us to avoid looking like slavish fanboys with their announcements, but we like to keep our readers well informed of great deals on great products. As long-term OneDrive users, on our phones, computers and tablets, we’ve been delighted with the general improvements to the service, and how it now works equally on all the platforms and devices we use.
Yesterday, Microsoft offered 100GB free OneDrive storage for two years to anyone worldwide, via Bing Rewards. For some reason, the link does not work at the moment unless you are in the United States, but we managed to sign up yesterday and will let you know if they fix it.
Today, Microsoft are aiming their guns at their rival Dropbox, by offering 100GB free OneDrive storage for a year to all U.S. Dropbox users. We like Dropbox, which is the cloud storage service that comes closest to OneDrive in cross-platform availability, functionality and ease of use. Even though they have recently slashed their previously ridiculous prices by about 80 percent, they are still difficult to recommend as an alternative to OneDrive, as the following comparison demonstrates:
|Free||15GB (30GB if you enable camera upload)||2GB|
|Individual||£7.99 per month for up to 5TB1||£7.99 per month for 1TB|
|Business||£8.50 per month for 1TB2||£55 per month for 5TB3|
- This includes a full Office 365 Home subscription that gives up to five family members 1TB each, and give you a full version of Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, and 5 tablets.
- This price is for Office 365 Business, which gives 1TB of OneDrive storage along with a full Office suite, which again can be installed on 5 PCs or Macs, as well as on 5 tablets.
- Ludicrously Dropbox will not sell their business plan in less than five user increments, but they graciously will allow only one user to use it and still pay the full £55 for the privilege until the company grows.
And, if you think £7.99 a month is just too much to pay for 5TB of cloud storage and the ability to run Office on up to ten devices, why not prepay for a year and get it from Amazon for £67.44 (or £5.40 a month).
If you only need Office on a single device, and only 1TB of OneDrive storage, you can get it from Amazon for a measly £50.99 per year.