[Screenshots] Amazon Joins Consumer Cloud Race With Desktop Clients

In the past few weeks the consumer cloud industry has seen some exciting announcements. Microsoft updated SkyDrive with several useful features like:

  • ODF Support
  • Desktop clients
  • Remote file browsing from within the browser
  • Dropbox-like single folder sync and storage
  • Paid storage
  • Updated mobile apps

These updates were announced just days before Google introduced the much awaited Google Drive. Like SkyDrive, Google’s consumer cloud storage and sync service has:

  • Desktop clients
  • Multi-format support
  • Single folder sync and storage
  • Paid storage

The other big player in cloud storage and cloud products—Amazon—too launched desktop clients for it consumer cloud. Unveiled to little fanfare, Amazon introduced desktop clients for users to upload files to their Cloud Drive account on Amazon. The desktop clients just help you upload the files and there is no Finder or Explorer integration. The Windows and OS X clients are the same, after installation a cloud sits in the taskbar for you to drag files to upload. Some details about Amazon’s cloud drive:

  • Free 5GB
  • Paid expansion up to 1000Gb for $1000 a year
  • An ugly web interface
  • Integration with Amazon’s Cloud Player

Here’s are screenshots of the desktop app:

Tour of the Amazon Cloud Drive app:

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You can download the clients from Amazon’s site.

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Manan Kakkar

Manan is a technology enthusiast keenly following the consumer products from Microsoft, Google & Apple.