I’m a huge fan of Dropbox, so when I heard that Microsoft released new apps for accessing its Skydrive service (which is really just a lot like Dropbox) I was a bit ho-hum, but then I found out that you can get a free upgrade from the baseline 7GB of storage to 25GB! Well OK, that did it. I signed up, not sure if I’ll use it for anything but at least this way it’s reserved for future potential use. Follow the links above if you want to sign up.
If you’re not already using one of these services, I highly recommend you check them out. It basically just creates a folder on your computer that you treat like any other…drag and drop files to it, whatever. The key is, whatever is in that folder is also replicated on a server elsewhere. Not only does this create a backup for you, but where it gets really cool is when you have more than one computer (or devices, like iPads). You’ll see that same folder on each device you set up. Add a file to that folder on one computer, and it almost instantly appears on that same folder on your other computers. Sharing files with family and friends also becomes easier; Dropbox allows you to share a folder (you can create a new one within your main Dropbox folder) with other Dropbox users.
Microsoft posted a pretty good comparison chart that shows how SkyDrive stacks up against iCloud, Google, and Dropbox.