Comparing Online File Sharing and Storage Systems

Online File Storage

Google Drive

Account Creation To create a Google Drive account, you need to create an account with Google. If you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google Drive account.
Storage Specifications 15 GB of free storage
Features Upload and download documents from anywhere across a range of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

Share documents with other users via email or by shareable URL.

Create and manage permissions for files and folders.

Use Google Docs to create and edit documents.

Use Google Sheets to create and edit spreadsheets and tables.

Use Google Slides to create and edit presentations.

For Windows and Mac users, there is a desktop application for Google Drive that makes moving files from local storage to your Google Drive easier and seamless. Unfortunately, this application is not available for Linux users. However, there is software out there that allows Linux users some functionality with Google Drive1.

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Evernote

Account Creation To create an Evernote account, you simply need an email address.
Storage Specifications 60 MB of free storage per month
Features Create notes and attach your files. This allows you to give a little bit more information about a specific file than just the name.

Easy drag and drop files from your computer into Evernote.

Organize notes into notebooks (as opposed to files into folders).

Tag notes to make them easily searchable.

Share files and notes via email, social networking, and shareable links.

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Dropbox

Account Creation To create a Dropbox account, you simply need an email address.
Storage Specifications 2 GB of free storage
Features Upload and share documents

Organize files in folders

Share documents via email

Download the Dropbox desktop application, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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