Google Drive combats Microsoft's OneDrive with big price cuts, $9.99 a month for 1TB

Google is apparently ready to combat Microsoft's recent OneDrive announcements, along with other cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box and others. Today, the company revealed big price cuts on its Google Drive premium storage subscription services.

How big? While the amount of free storage Google Drive gives its users will remain at 15GB, the company announced today that due to "a number of recent infrastructure improvements" it will cut the price of 100GB of storage down to $1.99 a month, compared to its previous price of $4.99 a month. An even better deal happens at the 1TB level; Google Drive is now pricing that amount of storage at just $9.99 a month, compared to its earlier $49.99 a month.

Google continues to offer a way to purchase even more storage space if needed, all the way to 30TB for $299.99 a month. People who are already subscribers to Google Drive plans will see their prices drop automatically.

It will be interesting to see if this will get a response from Microsoft. While it renamed its SkyDrive service to OneDrive a few weeks ago, and gave 3GB of free extra storage for people who used the Camera Roll functions, it didn't alter its prices for more storage space.

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Microsoft has no choice but to match These prices. Until the use of cloud storage has become the norm, and its integration in other products becomes important, such a service has to stand out on its own merits. But the real competition is about the free storage. These customers won't care for a GB more or less. If they get used to a certain service now then they may never switch.

Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

j2006 said,
Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

That's my point. Right now the service is primarily storage itself. Microsoft tries hard to integrate it into other applications but as long as people don't actively store content online it won't have a big impact. So when people who are willing to pay for additional storage compare services they will mostly do that based on price.

But if you disagree then please explain instead of saying 'not really' and a vague ''you get what you pay for'.

j2006 said,
Not really. While they should definitely at least get closer in price, they don't 'have to'... Google now may be the cheaper option... but you get what you pay for...

And if people choose Google because it provides the service they like and it works form them, then I am sure those people be happy with "paying for what they get" If they dont like Google, they will choose another service.

I had some pictures deleted from google, I will never trust them again. For sure i'll use google stuff, but I'll trust them again.

I actually had some legit documents and files on their before, and then I noticed some deleted, and I was noticing ads based on keywords that are only in my password protected files too. Talk about creepy. Never using Scroogle again. OneDrive and Dropbox FTW.

I've gotten saved games delted and corrupted from MS cloud storage. So I suppose I should stop using all the MS services I am using now......

If data is deleted from the cloud and if you dont have local backup copies, then sorry...that is your fault for loss of data.

"...it didn't alter its prices for more storage space"
Umm... when OneDrive launched they introduced new subscription methods and a new 200GB tier.

"Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services."

Now about NO?

"3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy."


Different wording, same rights over whatever you upload.

By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don't claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.

We may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your direction. This includes product features visible to you, for example, image thumbnails or document previews. It also includes design choices we make to technically administer our Services, for example, how we redundantly backup data to keep it safe. You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the Services. This permission also extends to trusted third parties we work with to provide the Services, for example Amazon, which provides our storage space (again, only to provide the Services).

In your face, MS and Google!

I got a year 100gb of OneDrive for 100 Bing rewards credits (30 searches a day for 7 days - essentially: free for little effort). I don't see why MS would need to lower their prices further to compete, but if they do, great.

Mr. Dee said,
Microsoft OneDrive team - <sigh> oh brother! looks like we totally underestimated their evilness and the extent they would go to Scroogle these poor clueless souls.

FTFY.

Have Google fixed their Drive app for Windows? Last time I used it, it was horrible. Mangled my data, made duplicates all over the place, kept saying "there was a problem", kept crashing. I got rid of it over a year ago.

Onedrive has had the occasional problem but by and large they've sorted themselves out. There is one odd problem I came across: I had some plaintext files I wanted to empty and save as empty files (strange I know but necessary). The app kept re-syncing the old copies of the files, drove me nuts! Eventually I took what I was doing out of the Skydrive/Onedrive folder.

Awesome Google! I hope OneDrive at least matches the free storage up to 15GB, I always thought 7gb was just a stupid random number.

Well... I am content with my own personal NAS with 6 TB storage and best of all after initial cost it is almost free to me now and I physically own my data rather than putting it on mercy of some corporate. For those who thinks cloud is good to them then good luck.

Have used Dropbox for years sharing data on several laptops. Almost was to start paying for additional space when I got 15gb free extra space with my HTC One. Now I am good for another 2 years
I realize I probably should research about how to encrypt our data though.

Never really liked Googledrive, One(sky)drive I never tried out. I wonder if I can share data between 3 laptops linked to the same username as with Dropbox?

Nice for people using Googledrive though, the increased space and reduced cost.

If you are worried about privacy than pay 8.50$ a month to Amazon for S3 hosting. You are in control of your data and you own everything you upload.

If you choose to use whatever cloud service, encrypt your classified documents and use it for non-important file backups. I keep all my family photos on Google Drive. I automatically backup facebook photos, instagram photos, etc to Google Drive (with IFTTT) because they don't matter. My important tax related documents or bills that I scan and keep a copy of I encrypt before I upload.

Also, if you are just archiving the data, put it on Glacier. You know, all those PC backups from a year ago or bills from a decade ago. $.01/month a gigabyte is good!

Contrary to what you state, once you place your data on someone else's system, you are not in total control of it anymore. Cloud services offer a lot of convenience, but anyone who thinks their data is private is dreaming. Encryption can and has been broken. And seemingly every week another company's servers are hacked.

Bottom line: If you have something you want kept private, keep it off any computer connected to the internet. Yours or anyone elses.

Edited by COKid, Mar 14 2014, 2:30pm :

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