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Windows 7: Why is SkyDrive free?

27 Oct 2011   #1
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Why is SkyDrive free?

I'm just wondering...you can't really get much for free these days - not without a catch, anyway. So how can MS afford to give people 25 GB of free SkyDrive storage? That's a LOT of free storage! What's in it for them? If the uploaded files are encrypted, then there shouldn't be any way MS could de-encrypt them, right? So what benefit do they derive from being so generous?
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27 Oct 2011   #2
mindinka

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Good question

Hi CosmicJest!

My understanding is that if you use SkyDrive (I do...) that means simply you are with them right now - right here, which is their plan, not just for now for the future. What is in the future? who knows? Microsoft's brains behind it do know. I believe it's part of the plan to get users attached to them first then make them their Cloud users, because we have been with them, we know them, we trust them...
That's my view... Although I might be completley wrong...
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27 Oct 2011   #3
boogieboy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Well it's Microsoft! They don't have problem of making money
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27 Oct 2011   #4
IbanezRG989

Windows 7 Ultimate N x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mindinka View Post
Hi CosmicJest!

My understanding is that if you use SkyDrive (I do...) that means simply you are with them right now - right here, which is their plan, not just for now for the future. What is in the future? who knows? Microsoft's brains behind it do know. I believe it's part of the plan to get users attached to them first then make them their Cloud users, because we have been with them, we know them, we trust them...
That's my view... Although I might be completley wrong...

Pretty much just this exactly. It is to attract people in and get them used to using it before the unveil the next stage
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27 Oct 2011   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Why is it free - Because others provide it free
Why is it 25GB - Because it's more than the others and storage is cheap at the levels involved
why provide it - to give users a nice warm glow

in other words it's cheap PR marketing ... Microsoft is a business good PR is priceless
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27 Oct 2011   #6
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Also you'll probably see it heavily integrated with Windows 8, which allows Microsoft to provide a cheap / free bullet point to purchase and use their OS, and it also allows them to tout their cloud storage and performance (which, admittedly, is pretty good already). As previously posted, it's good and cheap marketing, and it seems to work pretty well too at that.
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27 Oct 2011   #7
CosmicJest

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks everybody!
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27 Oct 2011   #8
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Nah, I still believe the government pays them to get OUR data!!! XD
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27 Oct 2011   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
Nah, I still believe the government pays them to get OUR data!!! XD
Sorry thought this was about Microsoft not Facebook
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27 Oct 2011   #10
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
Nah, I still believe the government pays them to get OUR data!!! XD
Sorry thought this was about Microsoft not Facebook
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