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August 5, 2006

AOL offers users free 5GB of online storage

Posted by David Hunter at 9:04 PM ET.

Marshall Kirkpatrick at TechCrunch:

The one upsmanship in giving away storage continues with an announcement today from AOL that come September the company will provide 5 GB of free storage on the company’s XDrive system to anyone with as little as an AOL or AIM screen name. AOL purchased XDrive last August for an undisclosed sum.

Chris Gilmer over at AOL owned Download Squad reports the service will include permission based file sharing, scheduled automatic backups from your hard drive to Xdrive, automatic upload of e-mail attachments from AOL Mail or any non-AOL POP3 or IMAP-compatible mail providers and a lot more.

We did a comparison of 13 storage companies in January, but the market just keeps changing. Who will top today’s AOL announcement?

Maybe it’ll be Windows Live Drive? Or Google Gdrive? There’s more by following the link, but, as always, the question the question is whether this kind of freebie really pays off in ad sales or other fee-based services. It may work out to “everybody else is offering it as part of their package, so we have to as well.”

Filed under AOL, Advertising, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Microsoft, Online Services, Windows Live, Windows Live SkyDrive

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3 Responses to “AOL offers users free 5GB of online storage”

  1. AOL freebie rollout continues -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] First, AOL decided to give away their basic membership services free to broadband users (press release here). Then they announced a plan to offer 5GB of online storage free to all comers (press release here). It turns out they were just getting started. [...]

  2. Windows Live buzz - August 24, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Speaking at a blogger’s breakfast prior to the opening of Tech Ed in Sydney, Microsoft Australia technical specialist John Hodgson said that the basic Live Drive was likely to include around 2G of storage for free. Additional storage capacity would be available for purchase, though pricing schemes and final release dates haven’t been announced. Hopefully, this was some sort of miscommunication as there is no obvious reason why Live Drive, unlike current competitors in online storage (e.g. Xdrive, which is offering 5GB free), should be saddled with a Vista only restriction for drive mapping. [...]

  3. New beta of Windows Live Drive under new name SkyDrive -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft gets points for the new name, but as I have whined before (e.g. [1], [2], [3]), online storage services aren’t exactly new news and it’s not only hard to stand out from the herd, but forget about making any money.   Filed under Beta and CTP, Windows Live, Microsoft, Windows Live Folders   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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