Dropbox gets simple sharing SkyDrive counters with an app and 7GB free

first_imgGood news, Dropbox users! A feature your favorite cloud storage and sync app had two years ago has finally returned! Yes, the mysteriously dropped simple sharing ability that first surfaced back in 2010 has made a triumphant return.Just right click any file or folder you want to share, choose get link, and a browser window will open with a Dropbox-shortened URL that you can pass along to your friends, family, and co-workers.As nice as the simplified sharing options are, Dropbox now has to contend with yet another competitor on the cloud storage battlefield. Microsoft has finally released a desktop app for SkyDrive, and they’re offering a pretty sweet deal to their users.If you’ve got an existing SkyDrive account, you can click through and get full access to the somewhat-elusive 25GB of storage that you kind of had access to before the SkyDrive app launched. Just install the app, sign in to your account, and then right-click the system tray icon and choose manage storage. Once the browser window appears, you’ll see a balloon offering a free bump to 25GB.New SkyDrive users will still get a good chunk of drive space, too: 7GB, as opposed to the 2GB Dropbox offers. Sure, you can beef up that 2GB by jumping through various hoops and enticing other people to sign up via your referral links, but getting 7GB up front is a whole lot less hassle.While there’s no first-party Skydrive app for Android devices yet, folks with a Windows or Mac computer and a Windows Phone or iOS device should definitely check out Microsoft’s cloud service. It’s a solid alternative to Dropbox, and the upgraded storage options are hard to beat: an extra 20GB is $20 per year, 50GB is $25 per year, and 100GB is $50 per year.More at Dropbox and Microsoftlast_img