AT&D #53. Cloud Storage

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Discuss and contrast the user interface by the two competing cloud offerings one by Microsoft (OneDrive) and the other by Google (Drive)

When contrasting the user interface of Microsoft’s OneDrive versus Google’s Drive, the former has the advantage of consumer familiarity regarding Mircosoft’s typical design of their programs’ menus, buttons, color scheme and general easiness of handling (we see that throughout many iterations of Windows, even up to Windows 7 and 8) while the latter has a disadvantage in that it seems to basic and stripped down (white background and very few menu options respectively).

Furthermore, since more consumers are Windows users than Apple users, for instance, OneDrive has another advantage in being that it incorporates the style and format of Window’s own interface of which people are used to seeing. Windows users may still use Google Drive but why would they when they already have an option? Apple users either can get their own version of cloud or get Google’s but the point is that Google isn’t nearly as accessible or popular enough for users to get and even if they do, its interface doesn’t stand out as exactly user-friendly and more (unless familiar with Google products).

However, this doesn’t mean that Google Drive is completely out of touch; they have a few good ideas within its interface in which some are superior to OneDrive. One particularly noteworthy function is sharing/storing documents (via Google Docs) between multiple computers under one Google account all possible by cloud technology which makes flashdrives a thing of the past. Certainly, it does help when this useful function is available in the main menu of the Drive, right after one signs in.

Although the design of the user interface for Google Drive is lacking (it seems like an afterthought), the functions compensate for it somewhat (and there are more functions than simply sharing documents between computers). If it had a more vibrant and creative layout and design, the potential for Google Drive to succeed even better is all the more higher.

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