As well as unveiling their new Microsoft Surface 2 tablets, Microsoft has also this week announced a new upgrade package for their SkyDrive cloud storage service.
The new Microsoft SkyDrive package offers 200GB of storage for just $100 a year and is slightly cheaper than Google’s offering of 200GB for $120 per year. While Dropbox offers 100GB of cloud storage for $99 a year.
Users who buy a new Microsoft Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro tablet announced this week will automatically receive 200GB of SkyDrive storage free for two years. The SkyDrive cloud storage service is also an integral part of the latest Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system set to roll out to Windows 8 users as a free upgrade next month. Tech Crunch explains a little more:
“SkyDrive is deeply integrated into Windows 8.1 and can cache regularly used files and folders on the local machine and store the rest in the cloud. For most files, Windows 8.1 creates placeholder files in the local file system to make even SkyDrive folders and files feel like they are right on your desktop. You can move, delete, copy and rename them, but they are only downloaded when you access them. This means you could have 200GB of files in the cloud and still access all of them easily from your 32GB Surface 2.”
For more information on the new Microsoft Surface 2 tablets jump over to the Microsoft website for details.