Ever since I changed phones from an Android smartphone to one that runs on Windows Phone 8, and I took a better look at Microsoft’s services offering, I am beginning to lean to MS’s side of the game.
Google’s online photo service was never truly fantastic (even though it was very decent, and at the time the very best out there), and I really dislike the path they have chosen for the future of the service. Microsoft on the other hand, has (only recently) done a sterling job on their SkyDrive service. They understand what I want (this time around anyway).
So once my decision to move my online pictures from Picasaweb / Google+ Photos to Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, it was kind of a given for me to also cancel my Dropbox account. This would consolidate two separate services (Picasaweb and Dropbox, along with the Dropbox client software) into one handy service. This is not because I was disappointed in Dropbox in any way, let me be clear. The SkyDrive client software and principle is quasi the same as Dropbox’s, and I wouldn’t say either one is superior. But it’s a bit silly to have two service providers, two credentials, two storage plans, two software clients, etc. while you can have only one.
A big difference though is the pricing. At Dropbox you get 2GB for free, and you can easily expand that to 3GB by doing some simple stuff like tweeting about it. SkyDrive, on the other hand, offers 7GB out of the box. If you want more storage (as you would if you want to publish many photo albums in original format + some videos), you pay around $100/year for 100GB at Dropbox, while SkyDrive would cost you only around $40/year. Plus there’s the option to choose something in between. The sweet spot for me at the moment is the 20GB plan for only $10/year ! Which is about the same pricing Google used for their Drive service ($5/year) before they decided they need more money from it, and changed it to $10 a MONTH for new subscriptions. Even though I could remain on my original plan, raising your price more than twentyfold ticks me off.
Switching from Dropbox to SkyDrive is about the easiest service provider switch you can make. With both client software packages installed (download from here and here), simply copy or move the contents of your physical Dropbox folder on your hard drive to the physical SkyDrive folder, and let the automatic synchronization do your dirty work. It’s so easy I am wondering if this post is even necessary 🙂
After this, if you no longer wish to use Dropbox, you probably want to delete your account. Dropbox is a transparant company and properly implemented this, instead of hiding stuff like that, like so many other companies. I strongly suggest to first manually delete all your files and revoke any access you have granted to third party applications and services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, …
Read my other posts about my online services switch from Google to Microsoft:
Moving webmail from Gmail to Outlook.com
Moving address book from Google Contacts to Microsoft People
Switching private cloud service from Google Drive to SkyDrive
Moving photo albums from Picasaweb / Google+ Photos to SkyDrive
How Google is slowly losing me as a client to Microsoft
Switching search engines from Google to DuckDuckGo