Microsoft fleshes out SkyDrive cloud storage system
Microsoft has released a chain of SkyDrive cloud storage apps, taking aim at entrenched rivals similar to Dropbox, in addition to soon-to-be competitor Google.
Having already shown off the long run SkyDrive app for Windows 8 , on Monday Microsoft released preview clients for existing Windows Vista and seven users, in addition to for Mac OS X users. As with Dropbox, this client integrates right into Windows Explorer or Finder, acting as a virtual folder.
Customers can ‘fetch’ files from a remote PC running the preview app, in the course of the SkyDrive.com web service.
Microsoft also updated its existing SkyDrive clients for Windows Phone and iOS devices, and introduced a chain of paid storage options for individuals who desire to exceed the same old 7GB.
“Taken along with access from popular cellphones and a browser, now you can take your SkyDrive with you anywhere, connect it to any app that works with files and folders, and get the entire storage you will want,” SkyDrive group programme managers Mike Torres and Omar Shahine wrote in a blog post .
Files and subfolders inside the SkyDrive folder may be used and edited across a number of devices, staying in sync with each change, and the service can be utilized collaboratively. Per Torres and Shahine, PC users could also reroute their standard ‘documents’ and ‘pictures’ folders to the SkyDrive folder, effectively making the cloud their default storage platform.
Now you can take your SkyDrive with you anywhere, connect it to any app that works with files and folders, and get the entire storage you want.
– Mike Torres and Omar Shahine
Of their post, Torres and Shahine took swipes in any respect of SkyDrive’s biggest rivals. A string of sentences linking to the services of Google, Dropbox, Carbonite and Box.com respectively read: “Do i actually ought to read multiple pages to grasp my storage limits? Why do other people’s files count against my storage limit? Why does my upload speed decelerate? Why do i am getting gobs of free storage but should pay to sync my desktop files?”
Google is rumoured to be bringing out its own Google Drive service next week, with the free version providing 5GB of storage and paid-for options going as much as 100GB. No prices has been revealed yet, and indeed the corporate still has to verify the launch.
Microsoft’s payment structure for SkyDrive includes 20GB additional storage for $10 (£6) a year, $25 for 50GB and $50 for 100GB.
However, those that had already signed up for SkyDrive’s free 25GB service, and who’ve already uploaded files to it, gets to maintain it without payment.