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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not ready for primetime"

    August 25, 2012  |   By prakasheas

    Pros

    Cheap, easy to use

    Cons

    Basic features lacking

    Summary

    I upgraded to 20GB storage for $10/year which is very cheap. However there are several limitations with skydrive. Some are very annoying.
    1. It only syncs folders under the skydrive root folder on the PC. I have folders in several places on my PC and would like to leave them there since other applications expect them in those places. Skydrive will not back these up to the cloud until I move or copy the folders under the root skydrive folder. What is this 1990?
    2. You cannot do a one way sync from PC to Skydrive only. I have several GB worth of pictures and videos I rarely see and just want them archived on the cloud but skydrive will only do two way sync forcing me to keep them on my PC which defeats the whole purpose.
    3. Any device you add to your skydrive account will have all folders downloaded. In essence skydrive mirrors it's contents on each device you specified. I don't want everything mirrored everywhere for Pete's sake.
    4. All the above can be mitigated if you do not use the client but only use the web version. But then you have to remember what to upload from which folder. Pretty limiting.

    The irritants seem so basic. For a company that prides itself on being the largest software company in the world, Microsoft appears to have rushed to put out a product that looks like a high school project. Hopefully they improve it. Soon.

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