Free Windows 8 Cloud Storage App: Bitcasa

Bitcasa is a free Windows 8 Cloud Storage app. It is the official client app of Bitcasa Inc., which is an American cloud storage company founded by Tony Gauda and Kevin Blackham. And like the official website, this free Windows 8 cloud storage app also advances your Windows 8 PC, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone to infinite storage place.

You can upload photos, audios, videos, documents, eBooks; almost anything. The app itself recognizes the file type and categories them under its Photos, Videos, Music, and Documents categories. Besides that you can also view photos in full screen, watch videos, and view almost every documents within the app. You can also use this app to share the photos and videos you like with your friends.

Bitcasa - Uploaded Files

The app is a pretty good alternative for taking a backup of the data that you don’t want to lose, and recover lost information anywhere, anytime.

Bitcasa is present under the Productivity Category in Windows Store. You can also use the Windows 8 Search Charm (Win + Q) in Windows Store to find the app, or simply use the link given at the end.

Details of this free Windows 8 Cloud Storage App:

Like I said before, this app is the official Bitcasa client app for Windows 8. Therefore you can upload almost everything. When you launch the app for the first time, you’ll need a Bitcasa account in order to use this free Windows 8 cloud storage app. If you don’t have a Bitcasa account, then you can easily  create one within the app itself. All you have to do is press Win + I keys. This opens the Windows 8 Settings charm. Simply click on the Account button. Besides this, the app also lets you connect to Bitcasa cloud using your Twitter or Facebook account.

Bitcasa - Login

Once you get logged in, you’ll get the Home Screen of the app. This screen contains following categories: My Infinite Drive, Recent, Settings, Music, Documents, Photos, and Videos. Working on this free Windows 8 cloud storage app is pretty easy and is just like the way you work on your PC. I liked the metro interface. It’s clean. Switching between screens is smooth. However to some point, the speed of the app also depends on your internet speed.

Bitcasa - Home Screen

Uploading files works fine. And once they get uploaded, you can view them within the app. The good point here is that this Windows 8 cloud storage app lets you watch videos within the app; without any need to download the video. The videos get buffered very quick. Besides that you can also watch videos in full screen or in normal mode. You can also share these videos plus photos with friends using the Windows 8 Share Charm.

Bitcasa - Watching Video

To upload a file simply make a right click on any screen, and click on the Upload button on the flyout. This free Windows 8 cloud storage app also lets you delete files from the cloud. You can do that by opening the file first and then use the Delete button. Same are the steps for downloading a file, the only difference is that you’ll have to choose the Download button here.

Key Features of Bitcasa:

  • Freely available.
  • Good Windows 8 Cloud Storage app.
  • Upload almost anything.
  • View photos from within the app.
  • Watch Videos in full screen.
  • Supported with Windows 8 Share, Search, and Settings Charms.
  • View upload/download status using the flyout.
  • Good clean UI.

Follows a screenshot of viewing the file upload/download status.

Bitcasa - Upload-Download Status
Also check out these free similar apps we reviewed earlier: Cumulo and Dropbox

Final Note:

Bitcasa is a handy Windows 8 cloud storage app. It’s a good medium to get an access to your Bitcasa account directly from the Windows 8 Start screen, rather than opening Bitcasa by a time consuming process on your web browser. Albeit, the app advertises infinite cloud storage, but only 10 GB of data storage is free. Still that’s a decent amount of space for free. Also some of the features are still missing like pinning a screen, option to upload a folder, and selecting multiple files for downloading. Still the app fulfills its purpose. All and all, a good free Windows 8 cloud storage app.

You might also like this free Windows 8 SkyDrive App.

Get Bitcasa app here.