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Google Drive – Price dropped, more woes for Microsoft?

I’ve often written about Google services and pay for extra storage on my Google Drive (100gb).  This morning I recieved an email to inform me that the price has now been dropped which means I’m now paying $1.99 for my 100gb.  That equates to about £1.20 a month for me.

Techcrunch reports:

Google’s new prices significantly undercut those of many of its competitors in this space. Dropbox, for example, charges $9.99 a month for 100GB. Paid plans for Microsoft’s OneDrive, which offers 7GB of free storage, start at $25 per year for 50GB of storage and 100GB costs $50. Google, as far as I’m aware, does not offer any discounts for pre-paying for an annual plan.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/13/google-drive-gets-a-big-price-drop-100gb-now-costs-1-99-a-month/

So yet again we see Microsoft on the back foot.  Recently Microsoft reduced the price of the Xbox One to match the PS4, the difficulty here though is that the PS4 in my view is vastly higher specification than its lesser XboxOne cousin.

It'll be a long time before Microsoft sinks, but when it does, don't expect it to go down quietly.

It’ll be a long time before Microsoft sinks, but when it does, don’t expect it to go down quietly.

When we look at the mainstream consumer, the desktop is being replaced with tablets and mobile devices, both of which Microsoft has very little claim to.  Consoles are increasingly the one-stop shop for gaming and entertainment and worse still, if sales are correct, even Nintendo managed to outsell Microsoft last month in this department.

Perhaps the smartest decision Steve Ballmer ever made was to get out when he did.

Is Microsoft a sinking ship? Well with its war-chest of cash it will take a long while.  What I do think though is Microsoft is a spiteful bully and if it does go down it will bring as many others down with it as it can.

Tim.

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4 thoughts on “Google Drive – Price dropped, more woes for Microsoft?

  1. Heh. But Will Microsoft’s XBox One Survive as Charlie asks.

    Microsoft does seem to be moving rather slowly. Rather like IBM back when Microsoft was young…

    Wayne

    Posted by Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter | March 14, 2014, 10:40 pm
  2. I think it highlights just how much of a war chest of cash it has…..what with that and its history of alleged patent aggression, I think they will be making money off the backs of others with very little substance of their own….it will be a long time before Microsoft sinks IMO.

    Posted by openbytes | March 14, 2014, 10:47 pm
    • Actually, I think MS is going the way of Kodak and, Polaroid… They sure had money, what prevented them to sink fast, but, that came, inevitably. So, later than sooner, that may be the fate of MS.

      Posted by Agent Smith | March 17, 2014, 12:19 am
  3. You could very well be right and its certainly impossible to say at the moment. I always go on the side of caution in respect of “Microsoft sinking” because it acts as a rallying cry for the Microsofties to cast aspersions on articles which don’t favour them.

    As for when I think it will happen, who knows but I’ll stand by the comment that I made where I say that when they go down they’ll bring down many others on the way.

    Posted by openbytes | March 17, 2014, 12:32 am

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