Get a year of Bitcasa unlimited cloud storage for $69

Don't need unlimited space? How about 10GB for free? Either way, this cloud service tackles Dropbox with an interesting twist.

Bitcasa

Running out of space on your hard drive? Hey, even in these days of seemingly endless gigabytes, it happens.

Bitcasa is a new service that aims to supplant your hard drive with unlimited cloud storage. And by supplant I mean replace -- kind of.

I'll circle back on that in a minute. For now, consider this: a year of Bitcasa no-limit storage normally runs $99, but right now you can get a year of Bitcasa Infinite for $69. If that doesn't immediately butter your bacon, how about a 10GB Bitcasa account absolutely free?

Update: As eagle-eyed reader brotherj2k pointed, you can get that year for $49 when you apply promo code BETATHANKS. (Make sure you've selected the Infinite plan first.) Great find!

The latter should appeal to anyone who scoffs at Dropbox's 2GB, SugarSync's 5GB, or SkyDrive's 7GB. This is, well, more.

The service supports all the major platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Web. Anything you add to your Bitcasa drive is available pretty much anywhere.

On the desktop, it works like this: You use your Bitcasa Infinite Drive just like an external hard drive, dragging and dropping stuff there and then, if you want to free up local space, deleting the originals.

But Bitcasa also supports mirroring, which really means syncing: You can "mirror" any folder to your account to have its contents synced there. SugarSync offers this enviable feature as well, while Dropbox and SkyDrive limit syncing to designated folders.

The service also supports file sharing (via unique URLs generated on the fly) and the other usual cloud-storage perks. On the mobile front, you can access your photos, music, videos, and so on.

I've just started fiddling with the freebie account, and so far I like what I see. Whether you're looking for a decent-size chunk of free cloud storage or unlimited space on the cheap, Bitcasa is definitely worth a test drive. (If you've already driven it, hit the comments and let your fellow cheeps know how it handled.)

Bonus deal: If your company, college, or institution takes advantage of Microsoft's Home Use Program, you can now get Office Professional Plus 2013 for just $9.95. (The program isn't new, but the availability of 2013 is.) That's one seriously nice job/student/military perk. If you're not sure whether your organization subscribes to Microsoft Home Use, well, ask!

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