Friday, August 10, 2007

Windows Live SkyDrive Launched - Enters a Crowded Online Storage Market

Looks like a market segment on the verge of some major consolidation...

Currently SkyDrive competes with a host of other online storage solutions, including Omnidrive, Steekr, XDrive, box.net and others. Many of these startups attempt to differentiate themselves by offering 'value add' services such as social networking functionality (e.g. Myfabrik), APIs and partnerships with other web 2.0 services (e.g. Omnidrive). Some also focus on specific parts of online storage - e.g. Egnyte is focused on collaborative document sharing. Also a lot of the so-called WebOS startups offer online storage as a key part of their package. Finally, social networking services such as Twango, recently acquired by Nokia, have online storage as an essential part of their make-up.

Windows Live SkyDrive Launched - Enters a Crowded Online Storage Market

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