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OneDrive Takes Page from Dropbox, Will Offer Bonus Storage

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On Monday, sources revealed that Microsoft's renamed OneDrive cloud locker is taking cues from Dropbox by offering users extra storage space, up to 8 GB, for performing certain tasks. OneDrive is expected to make its debut in April as part of Windows 8.1 Update 1 that Microsoft has yet to acknowledge.

According to the leaked info, OneDrive users can earn up to 5 GB of extra storage by referring friends to the service. More specifically, users can only refer ten friends with this offer, at 500 MB each. However, once the friend signs on using your invitation, they will also receive 500 MB of free space.

The leaked info also reveals that users can get up to 3 GB of extra space by choosing to sync photos from their device's camera. Users simply upload the pics using the OneDrive app for Android, iOS, or the built-in Windows Phone function.

New users of OneDrive will receive 7 GB when they sign up, as will the early SkyDrive adopters that already received 25 GB of storage.

By comparison, Dropbox provides 2 GB of free space when users open an account. After that, users can refer the service to friends and family and receive 500 MB for each referral who joins. Users can also get space by connecting a Facebook account, following Dropbox on Twitter, and more, up to 16 GB of extra storage.

There are Dropbox subscription plans as well for 100 GB, 200 GB and 500 GB capacities costing $9.99, $19.99 and $49.99 per month, respectively. Microsoft's SkyDrive currently offers three annual subscription plans as well: $25 per year for 50 GB of extra storage, $50 per year for 100 GB and $100 per year for 200 GB.

Microsoft was forced to change SkyDrive's name last month thanks to losing its trademark battle with British Sky Broadcasting Group over the "Sky" name. SkyDrive will be renamed as OneDrive and SkyDrive Pro will be renamed as OneDrive for Business.

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    gallidorn , February 11, 2014 4:39 PM
    That is a joke. offers 15GB and an additional 5GB after installing their desktop application. They also offer an additional 5GB per referral (no limit).Why would anyone bother with a measly 2GB?
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    antilycus , February 11, 2014 6:25 PM
    how much does Google Drive cost?
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    stevejnb , February 11, 2014 7:03 PM
    That is a joke. offers 15GB and an additional 5GB after installing their desktop application. They also offer an additional 5GB per referral (no limit).Why would anyone bother with a measly 2GB?

    Dependability, particular features, etc...

    how much does Google Drive cost?

    $4.99 per month per 100gb - so, an extra $10 per year for 100gb compared to Skydrive, but more free initial storage. Easy to find through Google...
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    zakius , February 11, 2014 10:51 PM
    Yeah, lets offer referals system. Not bad, but how anyone can benefit from it if OneDrive is integral part of Windows? oh well...
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    Akizu , February 12, 2014 1:28 AM
    7GB ? That's not much. If they would offer 25GB that would be nice... 7GB is simply not enough. For synchronising folders between my computers I prefer to use BitTorrent Sync... Its way more secure and reliable as it doesn't depend on any company servers and only thing limiting storage size is the size of your HDDs.Only downside is it needs 2 computers to be on at the same time but that can be easily solved by having some low-power computer running 24/7. Even some cheap android phone can be used for this or something like Raspberry Pi.
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    FrankDCosta , February 12, 2014 6:06 AM
    Copy is excellent. The uploading speed is pretty good too. I use mega, OneDrive, Copy, Dropbox, ADrive & Yunio. I seem to have missed some though! Mega was pretty good at uploading and excellent at downloading content. But I'm worried how safe it is exactly. Does anyone know about it?