Over the past few years Microsoft hasn't gotten a whole lot of stuff right. Rife with stinkers like Windows Phone (stuck at 2.5% market share), Surface Pro 1 and 2 (both flops), Surface RT (nearly a billion bucks down to the toilet), Bing (Google isn't losing any sleep over this money drain), and the king of the current crop of stinkers, Windows 8 (arrrgh), well, it's been a difficult time to be Microsoft. Fortunately, Windows 8 appears to have become something of a clarion call for Microsoft. After two rather tepid updates (release 8.1 and Update 1), it looks like Microsoft has finally thrown in the towel and conceded that this latest version of Windows has hurt them so badly that it deserves nothing short of a bullet between the eyes. (Indeed, as PC sales have languished in the past few years, Apple's MacBook sales are actually on the rise no doubt in part to the migration of frustrated Windows 8 users who just had enough.) Microsoft recently commenced the first early test releases of the next version of Windows. This version will be such a massive overhaul to Windows 8 that they'll jump two full versions ahead to Windows 10 (sorry Windows 9, we hardly got to know ye). This is actually splendid news because it confirms that Microsoft fully understands how truly craptastic Windows 8 is and is now ready to listen to its customers and get the next version right. For real.
You've almost certainly heard of cloud storage solutions like DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, and so on. DropBox arguably refined and popularized cloud drives for the masses some years ago with its elegantly simple web interface and, in particular, its downloadable desktop application that essentially creates a sync folder right on your computer hard drive that automatically synchronizes its contents (folders and files) to a cloud-based mirror. That model is now pervasive with most of the cloud storage solutions.
About a year ago, we switched from DropBox to Microsoft's OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) primarily because OneDrive had evolved to pretty well match all of the core functions of DropBox but offered substantially higher levels of storage on all tiers, free and paid. As of this writing, OneDrive provides you with 15 GB of free storage while DropBox provides only 2 GB (you can increase both limits in 0.5 GB increments with referrals to other people you know). Additionally, if you install OneDrive on your smartphone and turn on the "Camera Roll" function (more on that below), you'll get an additional 3 GB of storage space. Need more space? OneDrive gives you 100 GB for $1.99 per month, 200 GB for $3.99 per month, and a whopping 1 TB for $6.99 per month (this is actually part of the Office 365 Personal subscription service). By contrast, DropBox's only other individual price tier provides 1 TB of storage for $9.99 per month (and this obviously doesn't include any of the goodies from an Office 365 subscription).