Microsoft launches new SkyDrive, beats Google’s GDrive

Microsoft has already relaunched its SkyDrive cloud storage option at least twice before. The previous update boasted HTML5, improved layouts for files and photos, and being easier to navigate. Trying to get its foot in the door early and be the incumbent to beat against Google’s anticipated GDrive, Microsoft is better able to compete against DropBox and other cloud storage services with this latest launch.

The Building Windows 8 blog gets into the details of what’s new with SkyDrive.

Here’s what’s available for use, starting now:

  • SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
  • Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
  • SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.
  • SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.

The ability to fetch files across the web sounds like the most interesting feature. Of course, the remote computer will have to be powered on for it to work but it could definitely save some bacon in many situations.

If you currently use Mesh, we have a few tips for trying SkyDrive for Windows or Mac (preview) side-by-side with Mesh.


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Posted by Jason Hamilton | April 24, 2012  |  No Comment