Microsoft brings the heat to iCloud, touts superiority

Microsoft recently released its heavily overhauled SkyDrive cloud storage service with a suite of new applications across many platforms and devices. If you use OS X, you might be pondering why you should use SkyDrive instead of Apple’s iCloud storage service.

If you have been wondering this deep philosophical question, Microsoft has put together several videos that the company hopes will persuade you to use its service as opposed to iCloud.

The first stop on the persuasion train is with Office for Mac. The productivity suite is a key component of Microsoft’s software portfolio on OS X and combining the power of SkyDrive and Office is a natural fit. In the video below, you can see how Microsoft positions SkyDrive with its Office product to provide a superior experience to that of iCloud.

If you need help moving from iDisk to SkyDrive, Microsoft has you covered there as well too. They put together this page and are even running a pomo that if you tweet using the hash tag #iDisktoSkyDrive you could win an iPad, Mac sleeves or iPhone covers.

If you need even more reasons to switch to SkyDrive from iCloud, you can checkout Microsoft’s page here that gives all the reasons Microsoft including:

With SkyDrive, you can access or manage any file from anywhere. It doesn’t matter whether the file is a document, photo, video, PDF, or anything else—just drag files to the SkyDrivefolder on your Mac and they’ll automatically be available on your iPhone, iPad, or PC. If you don’t have your devices with you, you can still access, view, or edit any file by signing in to SkyDrive.com on any browser.

Microsoft is making a strong push with SkyDrive as it knows that consumers are wakening up to the benefits to using Cloud storage. With iCloud, Google Drive, SkyDrive, DropBox and other services, the field is already crowded and Microsoft is hoping to persuade you to place you documents on its platters. 

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Funny to see Microsoft not understanding what an iCloud actualy is. And don't even mention Office for Mac, in 2012 Excel still does not support UTF8 properly, also works slow as hell and fu*cks up fonts... Maybe Microsoft should focus on their products and quality first instead of trying to just buy a market share, which is pretty pathetic.

theh0g said,
Funny to see Microsoft not understanding what an iCloud actualy is. And don't even mention Office for Mac, in 2012 Excel still does not support UTF8 properly, also works slow as hell and fu*cks up fonts... Maybe Microsoft should focus on their products and quality first instead of trying to just buy a market share, which is pretty pathetic.

Office Works fine on my Windows PC

theh0g said,
Funny to see Microsoft not understanding what an iCloud actualy is. And don't even mention Office for Mac, in 2012 Excel still does not support UTF8 properly, also works slow as hell and fu*cks up fonts... Maybe Microsoft should focus on their products and quality first instead of trying to just buy a market share, which is pretty pathetic.

I heard iTunes don't work well in PC environment. Kinda make apple pretty pathetic

theh0g said,
Funny to see Microsoft not understanding what an iCloud actualy is. And don't even mention Office for Mac, in 2012 Excel still does not support UTF8 properly, also works slow as hell and fu*cks up fonts... Maybe Microsoft should focus on their products and quality first instead of trying to just buy a market share, which is pretty pathetic.

Format system, RUN Windows, don't look back, Do u hate Microsoft? Run Ubuntu

1. Easy on HD, CPU, and RAM
2. 25GB free space
3. Access from anywhere
4. Share with others
5. Built in light version of MS Office for editing and collaboration

Winner. Hands down Winner.

This is hilarious, Microsoft going after the non-competitor. Why don't they make these videos regarding Dropbox or GDrive?

There is nothing in that video that would make me want to stop using iCloud.. iCloud is baked right in and the way it syncs can't be matched with Skydrive, i take a photo on my ipad and it's INSTANTLY in my iPhoto on my macbook or on my other idevices. There is no sending or sharing or moving files around.

iCloud is not a direct competitor, it shares the same principles but they have different purposes. I'm a heavy iCloud user but i still use Dropbox which is more of a rival to SkyDrive

Also, i'd rather stick pins in my eyes and try to write on paper blind that use Microsoft Office for Mac, so they get no points off me there either.

Uplift said,
This is hilarious, Microsoft going after the non-competitor. Why don't they make these videos regarding Dropbox or GDrive?

There is nothing in that video that would make me want to stop using iCloud.. iCloud is baked right in and the way it syncs can't be matched with Skydrive, i take a photo on my ipad and it's INSTANTLY in my iPhoto on my macbook or on my other idevices. There is no sending or sharing or moving files around.

iCloud is not a direct competitor, it shares the same principles but they have different purposes. I'm a heavy iCloud user but i still use Dropbox which is more of a rival to SkyDrive

Also, i'd rather stick pins in my eyes and try to write on paper blind that use Microsoft Office for Mac, so they get no points off me there either.

If you compare the market share of Windows to OSX, people will complain that you can't compare them because Apple is a hardware company while Microsoft is a software company. And yet, Apple released many, many commercials about Windows. Were you laughing then?

As for integration into apps, maybe it is because Apple does not allow deep integration of other cloud servers into their apps like Apple does. Win8 will have this level of integration, but I assume when that is released people will be screaming about monopolies, and how MS is forcing people to use it. And of course, Microsoft has had SkyDrive integration in Office for a few years now, Apple is new to the game, but you keep using iLife.

nohone said,

If you compare the market share of Windows to OSX, people will complain that you can't compare them because Apple is a hardware company while Microsoft is a software company. And yet, Apple released many, many commercials about Windows. Were you laughing then?

As for integration into apps, maybe it is because Apple does not allow deep integration of other cloud servers into their apps like Apple does. Win8 will have this level of integration, but I assume when that is released people will be screaming about monopolies, and how MS is forcing people to use it. And of course, Microsoft has had SkyDrive integration in Office for a few years now, Apple is new to the game, but you keep using iLife.


What Uplift said is completely correct. Your replied was both irrelevant, in the first paragraph, and beyond his point in the second.

AWilliams87 said,

What Uplift said is completely correct. Your replied was both irrelevant, in the first paragraph, and beyond his point in the second.

I will reply to you with the same level of detail, rebuttal with counter points, and substance that your reply had:

Nuh-uh.

I have box dropbox and skydrive I'll use em all. dropbox is my most used one however, since it links to my computer / tablet / phone rather seamlessly.

Box would be better if I didn't need to pay for a PC client. I`ll need to check skydrive in more detail. I used livemesh which I thought was awesome but then I began using dropbox.

CrisCr0ss said,
I have box dropbox and skydrive I'll use em all. dropbox is my most used one however, since it links to my computer / tablet / phone rather seamlessly.

Box would be better if I didn't need to pay for a PC client. I`ll need to check skydrive in more detail. I used livemesh which I thought was awesome but then I began using dropbox.

The problem I have with DropBox is that I feel like I am playing an Xbox game.

Want an extra gig, then upload 12 pictures. Achievement Unlocked - You have uploaded 12 pictures.
Want another gig, refer us to 5 friends. Achievement Unlocked - You have contacted 5 friends.
Want 2 gigs, install the client on all your computers. Achievement Unlocked - You have connected all your computers!

nohone said,

The problem I have with DropBox is that I feel like I am playing an Xbox game.

Want an extra gig, then upload 12 pictures. Achievement Unlocked - You have uploaded 12 pictures.
Want another gig, refer us to 5 friends. Achievement Unlocked - You have contacted 5 friends.
Want 2 gigs, install the client on all your computers. Achievement Unlocked - You have connected all your computers!

Sure that may be the case but, you can always pay and upgrade....I don't mind doing a little work per say to get extra space.

Melfster said,
I have to say skydrive works great in Windows 8

I second that, I run Win 8, it's great, but to be honest, i love usin it in browser

iCloud is what it is and works just fine. I bet most people use iCloud + Dropbox or SkyDrive. iCloud really isn't competing for the same features. The notion that someone would actually *switch* from iCloud to SkyDrive is just silliness on Microsoft's part. Its like saying you are going to switch from using a pencil to using a screw driver....two different things entirely.

Shadrack said,
iCloud is what it is and works just fine. I bet most people use iCloud + Dropbox or SkyDrive. iCloud really isn't competing for the same features.

Most people use iCloud? While I am sure that iCloud has a following among Apple ecosystem users, saying that most people use it is a little extreme.

nohone said,

Most people use iCloud? While I am sure that iCloud has a following among Apple ecosystem users, saying that most people use it is a little extreme.

I'm guessing he meant that most people who use iCloud also use SkyDrive or Dropbox (or, in my case, a little of all three!).

Shadrack said,
iCloud is what it is and works just fine. I bet most people use iCloud + Dropbox or SkyDrive. iCloud really isn't competing for the same features. The notion that someone would actually *switch* from iCloud to SkyDrive is just silliness on Microsoft's part. Its like saying you are going to switch from using a pencil to using a screw driver....two different things entirely.

I doubt most people use iCloud. In fact, I'd never even heard of it before I read this article and given how poor Apple's online services have been historically I doubt there are many people using it at all.

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

Agree, but Dropbox has the most support on the most devices, Mobile, Desktop OS (even linux).

Jason Stillion said,

Agree, but Dropbox has the most support on the most devices, Mobile, Desktop OS (even linux).


But, dropbox is banned in China.

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.
SkyDrive supports the same as google with the exception of android and android dosnt support windows phone however skydrive is better and cheaper..

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

I didn't know Google Drive worked for iOS and Windows Phone. Can you tell me what apps you use?

Juan Rodriguez said,
SkyDrive supports the same as google with the exception of android and android dosnt support windows phone however skydrive is better and cheaper..

Better is relative, however since I only use the space that's offered for free, dropbox is the one I choose (both cost the same to me, zero).

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

Not linux, though, I thought the point of linux was to just have an OS as a starting point and you, or someone else, added in all of the cool plugins you need to use day to day? Skydrive has an API that someone in the linux community can use.

Skydrive is the best well rounded service especially when price is taken into consideration. Their lack of Linux support is due to the fact that most people don't use Linux.

But I heard that 2012 is the year of Linux. So we'll see!

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

Except iOS and Windows Phone. No apps for either. Oh, and only 5GB free? I have 25GB free with Skydrive and I don't need to worry about Google peeking at my stuff and using it for their advertising.

I'll stick with Skydrive, thank you.

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

Google Drive doesn't work on every device and OS ever made. What are you smoking and where can I get some?

MiukuMac said,
Or I could use Google Drive and have it work on every device and OS ever made.

even on Windows 1.0? or perhaps on some old feature phone OS without browser or java?

Juan Rodriguez said,
SkyDrive supports the same as google with the exception of android and android dosnt support windows phone however skydrive is better and cheaper..
I was just thinking this, Google dosnt support WIndows and WIndows dosnt support Google...
However at least MS have some form of Android 'viewer' app for android devices

Jason Stillion said,

Better is relative, however since I only use the space that's offered for free, dropbox is the one I choose (both cost the same to me, zero).

Better isnt relative in this case. Skydrive does what Google Drive does aside from having an app on Android but it works better with Office and its files (If you do anything more than a standard document. The only downside I see is adoption by colleagues.