Albany, New York (09/23/2014) – Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is preparing for a fierce battle against Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive after upgrading iCloud to iCloud Drive.. Apple is also expanding it’s wings to cover other platforms such as Microsoft’s Windows, according to Digital Trends.
Apple Opens Up to Microsoft
While on Windows, you will need to go to the new iCloud for windows page to enjoy the service. Some of the services on offer include secure storage of mails, documents and contacts. The latest move by Apple comes as a surprise, considering it has over the years provided limited support to device running on Windows. It awaits to be seen how the new service will integrate with other devices especially from Microsoft.
The cost to get full access of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iCloud Drive is a bit higher compared to OneDrive and Google Drive. For a 20-GB storage capacity one will need to pat ways with $0.99 a month with a terabyte storage gong for $19.999 a month. Users will also be allocated 5GB worth of room for free. Apple is banking on the massive usage of iPhone’s and iPads to propel growth of the upgraded service with Microsoft also expected to spur further growth and popularity.
Just like the older iCloud platform, iCloud Drive will also automatically upload photos from iPhones and iPads.The new iCloud Drive has been embedded in iOS 8 as well as OS X Yosemite.
One is advised not to upgrade into iCloud Drive from the current iCloud Drive until an upgrade into the new operating system iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite is done. It awaits to be seen whether people will make the transition especially at the back of the recent hacking of celebrity’s iCloud accounts. CEO, Tim Cook, has already assured users that the security of the service has been upgraded with the use of a two steps verification process.