The truth is that the technology for synchronizing your files from your computer to the cloud has been around for many years…but it took Apple to market it. Interestingly, the Apple folks never use the term “files.” It’s either “your music,” “your pictures,” or “your videos” that are in the cloud. And while I’m not certain if you can only access iCloud from a proprietary Apple device, I’m going to say it’s likely, especially based on how iTunes works. In any case, let’s take a look at a few other heavyweights that have offered cloud services for quite some time.
Many years ago, Microsoft launched SkyDrive – a product that links to Live ID and lets you not only store about 25 GB in the cloud, but it also allows you to access it from any device as well. This is a great service because you can also share parts of your SkyDrive with others, even if they don’t have a login! For example, here’s a sample link to some event pictures:
Trend Micro offers a similar service that’s also been around far longer than iCloud. This service lets you save directly in the cloud and it also serves as a backup to your current computer. One reason this service is so fantastic is because it allows you to access files and email them as a link.
So as you can see, Apple isn’t necessarily a front runner when it comes to cloud computing, but they certainly deserve kudos for their highly effective marketing!