Cloud Computing: Microsoft SkyDrive: A Look Inside the Updated Cloud Storage Service

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-17 Print this article Print
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Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive cloud storage service 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, and the new Office," said Chris Jones, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows Business Group in a blog post. Over the past months, Microsoft has shared its approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people. Now Microsoft has announced the next step in its vision and delivered the SkyDrive desktop apps out of preview. is a new, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization and HTML5 sorting. SkyDrive for Windows desktop and Apple's Mac OS X operating system provides faster uploads for people around the world and tons of bug and performance improvements under the hood, according to Microsoft. SkyDrive for Android is a new app that lets you access, upload and share from Android phones. And SkyDrive for developers is just that. Apps built using Microsoft's  SkyDrive API can now store or access any type of file in a person's SkyDrive, plus there's a new, easy-to-use file picker API for Websites (similar to the file picker for Windows 8 apps).
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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