Microsoft pokes fun at Google’s storage service
Google has finally unveiled its online storage offering, rather prosaically titled Upload any Filetype.
Upload any Filetype allows Google Apps users to upload any file under 250MB to the service, finally allowing people to abandon the age-old practice of emailing important documents to themselves.
While many have been waiting with bated breath for Google’s online storage offering – which will play a key part in the success of Chrome OS – the 1GB of offered space falls rather flat when compared with the 25GB being offered by Microsoft through SkyDrive.
It was a point Microsoft was keen to ensure we didn’t miss. “Just a friendly reminder that Windows Live has been offering its more than 450 million customers 25GB of cloud-based storage space for free through Windows Live SkyDrive since 2008,” the company notes in a statement.
Anybody looking to upgrade their Google storage will need to pay $0.25 per GB per year, or $3.50 per GB per year for premium users. Once again, this offer loses its lustre when compared to other free storage tools such as Live Mesh and DropBox, which offer 2GB and 5GB of free storage, and also allow local synchronisation.
Still, Gmail only offered 1GB of space when it first launched and that has quickly ramped up since, so there’s hope for Upload any Filetype yet.
The announcement comes as Google takes a stand against Chinese censorship, by threatening to withdraw from the Middle Kingdom.