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Michael Endler
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6/26/2014 | 3:13:43 PM
Re: Going rate
If 15 GB isn't enough, I expect it's only a matter of time until the offer becomes even more generous. There's gonna be an arms race for cloud storage, especially now that the biggest companies see the relationship between free/cheap capacity and the rest of their ecosystem. I think Lorna's right; as this escalates, it'll be hard to know how all the start ups will be able to compete with the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft. When you have a ton of money and experience running big cloud services, it's no big deal to add capacity. 
Lorna Garey
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6/23/2014 | 5:10:48 PM
Battle at Scale
It's difficult to see how Dropbox, Box, and the 398 other cloud storage wannabes that emerged in the last 18 months or so, can possibly hang with Microsoft, not to mention Apple and Google, in this price war. 
Michael Endler
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6/23/2014 | 5:01:07 PM
Re: That's a lot of free storage
"I think Microsoft sees cloud storage as an area where it can be generous, and they're not holding back. It's a way to differentiate from the cloud storage pack, and hook more people into the Windows 8/Office 365 ecosystem."

Exactly. Plus, if a bunch of your employees already use OneDrive, it's pretty natural for your company or department to choose OneDrive for Business.
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/23/2014 | 4:53:15 PM
That's a lot of free storage
15GB of free storage is appealing, especially when you keep getting notices from Dropbox telling you your 2GB of free storage is almost used up. Why would I stick with Dropbox when someone else is offering 7.5 times the space?

I think Microsoft sees cloud storage as an area where it can be generous, and they're not holding back. It's a way to differentiate from the cloud storage pack, and hook more people into the Windows 8/Office 365 ecosystem.


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