SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage offering, has undergone
major improvements. New features include the launch of desktop
apps, upgraded apps for a number of devices, a new subscription
model and remote file access. Many of these features,
first announced in February, are now live.
Here's a look at what's new:
New apps for desktop and mobile
Microsoft has released new preview apps for Windows 7,
Vista, Mac OS X Lion, and the iPad. Existing apps for Windows 8,
Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone will get an upgrade. And of course,
if you are on any other device, you can always access SkyDrive from
Integration with Windows Explorer
The app lets you create a special folder for SkyDrive which is
integrated with Windows Explorer (and Finder on the Mac.) You can
then add, edit and delete files in this folder the same way you
would with a normal folder, and all changes get synced to the
cloud, as well as all other devices on which you have the app
7 GB of free storage
SkyDrive is now offering 7 GB of free storage for new users, and
you can now upload files as large as 2 GB.
Now if you've used SkyDrive before, you probably know that
SkyDrive previously offered 25 GB. Fear not, because for a limited
time, existing users will be allowed to upgrade to 25 GB for
If you need even more space though, three paid storage plans are
available for an annual fee: +20 GB for $10, +50 GB for $25 and
+100 GB for $50.
Users can now fetch files from a remote Windows PC
directly from SkyDrive.com. All you have to do is to install the
app and keep the remote PC powered on, and you can browse that
computer's entire hard drive from your current device.
Get the new SkyDrive