Microsoft’s solution OneDrive is a file hosting service allowing users to upload and synchronize files to a cloud storage location and subsequently access them through web browser or local device. The facility allows users to share files, maintain contacts or tag important files with private or public tags. This revamped facility is ready to take on the competitors Google Drive and Drop Box which are being widely used currently.
The advantage of the rebranded onedrive has a unique brand image of being the product of a company which has over four decades of experience in the industry- Microsoft. The concept of cloud computing has progressed by leaps and bounds since its inception and has gradually evolved into a very robust and popular concept. This is a variety of computing wherein computers get connected through a real time communication network and provides great facilities towards sharing of multiple hardware, software and data resources. The facility helps in the maximum utilization of the shared resources as more and more user’s access and use these shared resources as per need. This concept also allows companies to reduce a variety of overhead and infrastructure related costs and their applications are up and running in a very short span of time. The maintenance costs are non-existent for companies and several categories of pay and use models are available as per the budget and business needs.
The concept of cloud computing is mainly used to host self-hosted services running on client based software at a different location. End users can connect to such services through internet, mobile or other devices and access data stored on such remote servers.
This move is expected to give Onedrive an edge in competing with other players like Google Drive and DropBox. Microsoft has been a major and experienced player in this field and has an experience in the industry for over four decades. The recent surges and moves towards newer technological advancements have seen the rise of a number of other companies over the last twenty years. Microsoft themselves have gone through a series of ups and downs in the last twenty years but are looking towards a period of solid consolidation in an effort towards gaining a stronghold in the market in various aspects where they had not ventured so far or had a weak hold. This new solution could well be Microsoft’s first step towards this new period or restructuring and dominance in a field they were not a major player. Experts strongly believe that they would be successful in this new venture and OneDrive would surely pose a strong challenge towards the existing pioneers in the world of cloud computing- Google Drive and DropBox. They are eagerly waiting for the outcome and also for the moves made by their competitors towards battling this challenge- especially Google Drive.
Time would be the true judge towards the final judgment regarding the dominating force in the world of cloud computing, but this move from Microsoft has surely dropped a loose bomb in this field and all the stakeholders and competitors involved would try their level best towards gaining dominance in this field and gain control over the future of computing and technology.