Although we’re all about Microsoft’s ecosystem around these parts, we’re not going to pass on a good deal especially if you have a specific need. Box (box.com) cloud storage, akin to Dropbox, SkyDrive and SugarSync, is a cloud based syncing and storage service.
They usually offer 5GB of space for free but have a special running where you get bumped up to 25GB (new customers only).
What makes Box a compelling option is of course their Windows support--they have a full desktop sync client and Windows 8 RT app in addition to sporting an official app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 (suck on that, Dropbox). The app is quite good and similar to the SkyDrive experience.
In case you are wondering why Box is better than say Dropbox, the site SmalNetBuilder did a nice comparison, noting that Box is better geared for enterprise users:
“Box is a far more complete solution that offers features like content management, online workspaces geared for collaboration, task management, granular user and group permissions, admin account transfers and a built-in editor. High level features, custom options for embedding files into a website, Google Apps integration and administrative controls allow Box users to create and manage a complete work space environment.”
Last we checked (though we could be wrong), a 25GB account with Box would run you $9.99 a month as opposed to this free offer. Even if you don’t have an immediate usage for it, it may be worth signing up if you haven’t already to lock this deal in.
To download the Windows Phone client, just head here to the Store.
[Note: You must use this link to get the 25GB, don't sign up via the app: https://www.box.com/pricing ]
Have some pros or cons in using Box over SkyDrive? Let us know in comments.