Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Cloud" Drives Comparison

iCloud vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive vs. Dropbox: Comparison @ (Jun 4, 2014)

Apple iCloud (current)Apple iCloud (future)Microsoft OneDriveGoogle DriveDropbox
Free5GB5GB15GB (8GB bonus for signing up)15GB2GB free (up to 16GB with referrals)
20GB$3.33/month or $40/year$0.99/month Free with Office 365 subscription ($6.99 per month) Not AvailableNot Available  
50GB$8.33/month or $100/year Not Available$2.08/month or $25/yearNot Available  Not Available
100GB Not Available Not Available$4.16/month or $50/year$1.99/month$9.99/month
200GBNot Available $3.99/month$8.33/month or $100/yearNot Available $19.99/month or $199.99/year
1TB or higher Not AvailableUnannouncedOneDrive forbusiness/$2.50 per user/month$9.99/month$15 per user/month for unlimited storage
PlatformsWindows, Mac, iOSWindows, Mac, iOSWindows, Mac, Android, iOS, Win PhoneWindows, Mac, Android, iOSWindows, Mac, Android, iOS
there is also:

Amazon Cloud Drive (for Kindle and others, 5 GB is free)

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive now with unlimited storage for Office 365 subscribers - Office Blogs

Google Drive - Cloud Storage & File Backup for Photos, Docs & More

Holiday Chromebook Shoppers to Get 1TB Drive Space

Visual Studio: Android Emulator

Microsoft Visual Studio: cross-platform Application Development

"x86 emulation and Hyper-V deliver fast startup and reliable performance. The emulator appears as a standard debug target. (In Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, Visual Studio sees the running emulator as an Android device.)"

Introducing Visual Studio’s Emulator for Android - Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Android can run "native" on x86 machines, but default emulator from Eclipse

is emulating ARM processor, and that is slow. Xamarin introduced faster Android emulator based on x86, and now Microsoft did the same. It could be used for "native" mobile apps as well as for Cordova/PhoneGap.