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Microsoft Onedrive

Yet another sad Microsoft story.

Microsoft offers 15 gigabytes of free cloud storage, if you turn on Onedrive (formerly called Skydrive, and before that, Windows live). Onedrive works overseas (which Dropbox doesn't), and will "sync" to your local PC, somewhat like dropbox. Presumably Microsoft has more clout than Dropbox. Onedrive is "built in" to Windows 8.1

Well, although promising because it offers so much space, Onedrive is too puzzling to use. Unlike the situation with Dropbox that has a very clear user interface, Onedrive's user interface is a mess. It uses the "Metro" interface (need I say anymore). Think of this as "The cloud for dummies". It is so dumbed down, it is close to useless.

Documentation for Onedrive is minimal. Perhaps the idea is that Onedrive may dissapear at any moment, so why waste time documenting it. The interface seems to be designed for tablets rather than desktops, and also intended to "integrate into the operating system.

The settings are hidden (i.e. not available when you are accessing Onedrive), and once you find them (through the "metro" interface, then "swiping" your mouse), they are still nearly useless.

Overall, while Onedrive better than nothing when you are travelling in 3rd world countries (like China) that censor the internet, it is not worth doing the "documentation by trial/error" process needed to get this guy working.


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