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Forget Box, SkyDrive, and Dropbox, Tencent’s 10TB of free cloud storage is hands down the best

Paul Bischoff
Paul Bischoff
5:37 pm on Jan 17, 2014

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How much shareable cloud storage can you get for free nowadays? Dropbox, probably the most popular option, offers a measly 2GB in it’s free tier. Box and SkyDrive are a little better with 50GB and 25GB, respectively.

But what if I told you I just stored every video, document, photo, music playlist, and video from two PCs and my smartphone onto a single cloud drive, and I still have eight terabytes to spare? Add on to that, the clients across both mobile and desktop platforms are solid and easy to use.

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Welcome to Tencent’s Weiyun. In July 2012, the Chinese web giant released its cloud service with a whopping 10TB of free storage, and it now reports 300 million registered users. This week, Tencent released an update that dramatically improved the interface and features. Only a Chinese version is available for now, but Tencent (HKG:0700) plans to launch an English-language version sometime this year.

The latest update comes with some pretty sweet perks:

  • In addition to the old short URLs, you can also create a unique QR code for any file or folder you wish to share.
  • Weiyun will automatically update any files you modify.
  •  The photo album feature makes all your pictures easily viewable across the browser, mobile, and desktop clients.

To be honest, I didn’t care for the old version when I toyed around with it. My biggest complaint was that any file I wanted to store on the cloud from my desktop had to be manually placed inside one specific folder, rather than simply choosing which files and folders I wanted uploaded. Furthermore, finding and adjusting settings was a major headache. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one complaining, as this has all been remedied in the latest update.

As with most cloud services, Weiyun syncs across all my devices so I never have to worry about where I saved a file to. It’s easy to navigate even with my mediocre Chinese, and because of the massive size, I don’t have to be picky about what I do and don’t upload. You can search the folders as you would from a desktop, or view them by file type (document, video, image, or audio). Sharing a file from my phone requires a few more clicks than I would have liked, but in addition to the QR code feature, I can share via all possible apps I have installed.

I haven’t found much to complain about with the new Weiyun, and I honestly fear for western competitors’ ability to compete when the English version comes along.

(Editing by Steven Millward)

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  • stiltskin

    This is actually useless. When trying to upload any file larger than a few mb it automatically fails.

  • Ivan Talaychuk

    I use pibox.com. And it is unlimited, they are giving 3Gb for every friend

    • Winterline Bluegrass

      Yes there are a lot of unlimited storage options if you willing to pay for it. 3 gig free? Your kidding right?

  • Trader

    I subscribed a month ago. Loving it ever since. I backed up all my content and uploaded all my movie collections and I’ve hardly touched 2TB. Ha ha… no more hard drives for me.