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Tim Fears, Information Technology,  San Diego,  CA

Date: April 6, 2012, Number of Replies: 2


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The popularity of cloud-based storage is experiencing rapid growth and an all-out war between providers seems eminent. Startups like Box and Dropbox respectively have had the upper hand being first-to-market and offering referral based storage increases and incentives up to 50GB to mobile users. Then this past fall Apple launched its iCloud service, now extended to all iPhones and iPads.

 
Enter the juggernaut... Google of course. Reports of the impending GoogeDrive launch next week will give 5GB of free storage to anyone with a Google account. This could be quite disruptive in this space given the ubiquity of gmail and Google apps.
 
I see a lot of potential for a boost in productivity for sharing files at all points of a transaction, broker to agent, association/MLS to member. Is anyone using these services and seeing a positive result in a practical application? For those who are making use of Box and Dropbox, could you see yourself ditching them for Google using the familiar gmail interface?
 
Tim in San Diego
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Mark Burrell,  Anaheim Hills,  CA

Date: April 8, 2012

Plus Microsoft's plans for Windows 8 and SkyDrive will be in the mix as well.

Microsoft SkyDrive aiming to outcloud iCloud

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Dee Les,  San Francisco,  CA

Date: May 23, 2012

Just found this discussion.

All these cloud options are awesome but they are not tied in with any other part of the workflow.

I had posted in another forum that I had found a free product called. www.ezcoordinator.com that seems to offer file storage in addition to transaction tracking i.e. names, dates, etc for all the parties involved.

Have either of you checked this out? Trying to figure out what the catch is.

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