Thursday, April 26, 2012

Can Dropbox, other cloud providers survive Google Drive? - Computerworld

It's not just a Google Drive threat -- it's also Apple iCloud and Microsoft SkyDrive, and all three reinforce the Steve Jobs view that file sync is a (cloud platform) feature, not a product
"Like Apple and Microsoft, Gartenberg noted that Google has a relationship with a millions of consumers who use its Gmail, Google Docs, Chrome web browser and any number of other applications. Because of those existing relationships, Google has an advantage in being able woo existing customers over to its new storage and synchronization service.
While Google Drive will no doubt compete with Microsoft's SkyDrive and Apple's iCloud, the companies more at risk are smaller specialized service providers, such as DropBox, Box, SugarSync and YouSendIt. Those sites have appealed more to technology enthusiasts, not average consumers. And, when it comes to adoption, relationships matter."
Can Dropbox, other cloud providers survive Google Drive? - Computerworld
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