Which cloud-storage service features should I look out for?

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Which cloud-storage service features should I look out for?

Not absolutely all cloud-storage services provide same operation, so ensure you pick one with all the current features you want. Here is a set of some key ones to take into account:


Multi-device access You can use most cloud-storage services on your smartphone or tablet, as well as on your laptop or desktop. Check that a service has dedicated apps for your brand of tablet or smartphone.

Editing Perhaps surprisingly, some services don’t let you edit documents within cloud storage itself – instead, you open the file outside of the storage service, then it syncs automatically. Many give you the option of both, though, giving you a little more flexibility. Some cloud-storage services, including Livedrive and Knowhow, let you edit pictures, too.

File sharing Most services let you share your files with other people – for instance, you might like to share some holiday snaps with your family. Some don’t, though – so consider whether it’s something you’d like to do

Real-time syncing This means your edited files will automatically have their changes updated in the cloud-storage service. Most modern services offer this, although you sometimes used to have to upload files manually afterwards, which isn’t as smooth a process.

Rollback This lets you roll back to an earlier version of a document – useful if something goes seriously wrong. A few providers also let you roll back everything on your cloud-storage service to a previous time.

Video and music playback Videos and music often take up a lot of storage space, so many people stick them on cloud-storage services to make room for other files. Some providers let you watch videos and play music within the service, too.



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