Many Devices, Many Files And Four Ways to Share Them
By WALTER S. MOSSBERG
- My Drop Box (I use drop box - karen) -
Now that many millions of people have multiple computing devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones—it can be a real pain to make sure you have the document or file you need on the device you're using at any one time. And if you're trying to share those documents to collaborate on a project, emailing can quickly become confusing, especially if they are frequently edited or annotated.
A number of services are battling it out to act as trusted online repositories for important documents that can be accessed on all your computers and devices, and shared with others. Some even go beyond file storage to include built-in editing and collaboration tools that live on remote servers instead of on devices. In Silicon Valley, this is considered one form of the big trend called cloud computing.
This week, I took a look at some of the leading online file storage and sharing services. I didn't try to pick a winner, since they all worked fine for me. And I didn't do an in-depth review of them. Instead, my aim here is just to explain the category and highlight some of the key competitors. I compared their main features and costs.
Overall, this type of service is useful for anyone with many computers and devices, either for personal or group use.
I chose to look at four of the best-known services aimed primarily at consumers: Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Google Drive. : Click For Review: