Microsoft Gives SkyDrive Cloud Storage a Makeover

With the recent launch of Outlook.com last month came new attention for SkyDrive -- and some new features.

Hard to believe that Microsoft's cloud storage service, SkyDrive, came out of beta testing way back in 2008, yet it is just starting to get some significant media attention the last 12 months or so.

It took some time to get out the bugs and earn consumer loyalty over such trusted early cloud storage movers as Amazon, EMC Mozy, Carbonite and others. After all, Microsoft hadn't been known far and wide as being a cloud service provider.

That's finally beginning to change. With the recent launch of Outlook.com last month came new attention for SkyDrive -- and some new features, which were introduced Aug. 14.

The service got a big upgrade in November 2011, and it's had an iPhone app since late 2011. The new, modernized SkyDrive.com includes updated apps -- and for Microsoft, a clear path to Outlook.com and its 10 million users; a nice, round number it claims as of this month.

Good Reception from Early Movers

"Since we launched the Outlook.com preview two weeks ago, we have been truly humbled by the reception," SkyDrive staff member Chris Jones wrote in the SkyDrive blog Aug. 14. "We've received hundreds of great comments, participated in thousands of threads on @reddit, @gizmodo, @neowin and are excited to share that, as of today, more than 10 million people have signed up and started using Outlook.com.

"Today, we re updating SkyDrive with a new, more modern web design, refined SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. While there s always more to do to improve our products, these updates bring SkyDrive out of preview and ready for a billion users in time for the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Outlook.com, and the new Office."

New Features

The updated SkyDrive, downloadable here, includes the following:

This article was originally published on 08-15-2012
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.

Click for a full list of Newsletterssubmit