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Amazon Unveils Cloud Drive Software to Take on Dropbox

by Todd Haselton | April 2, 2013April 2, 2013 3:30 pm PDT


Amazon on Tuesday introduced new software that will compete with a bevvy of existing cloud-based storage options, including Microsoft SkyDrive, SugarSync, Dropbox, Google Drive and, in some respects, Apple iCloud. The company previously offered the service, but it was only available through a web browser.

The service provides 5GB of free storage and allows you to store files through a piece of software that you install on your desktop. Once the files are uploaded you’ll be able to access them from devices running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. As always, you can also access your stored content through a web browser.

Surprisingly, Amazon did not launch a mobile application for the service, which means you won’t be able to access your stored files from an iOS or Android device, including products from Amazon including the Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD. We imagine that software is coming soon, however.

Wired noted that you can purchase additional storage at a price of $0.50 per each additional 1GB.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...