This is essentially Microsoft's version of Dropbox, except you get more space for free. For more details check out the Building Windows 8 blog.
Downloads (Windows / Windows Phone / Mac OS X Lion / iOS)
We brought you the news earlier today that Microsoft was planning to release its SkyDrive for Windows app shortly and the company has now made the application available to download a little sooner than we expected. A preview copy of SkyDrive for Windows has been released for Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista users in 106 different languages worldwide. Microsoft has also provided a preview version for Mac OS X Lion users too, providing access to SkyDrive documents directly within Finder.
SkyDrive for Windows will allow users to drag-and-drop files (up to 2GB in size) to and from SkyDrive folders. Similar to Dropbox, all files and SkyDrive content will be managed in one central folder that syncs with Microsoft's online cloud storage. There is also a new fetching files option that allows SkyDrive desktop users to access, browser, and stream files from a remote PC running the latest preview of SkyDrive desktop — handy if you forgot to sync a particular file from your desktop PC while you away from your PC.
Combined with today's release of SkyDrive for Windows and OS X Lion, Microsoft also announced changes to its free and paid storage offerings. All new SkyDrive users will be offered 7GB of free space, a reduction from the usual 25GB of storage. Microsoft believes that 99.94 percent of SkyDrive customers use 7GB or less today, so most new customers will be unaffected. Existing users of SkyDrive who are using more than 4GB of space (as of April 1st) will automatically keep their 25GB of free space, while other existing users can simply opt-in to ensure they don't lose the allocation. (Source)
Last edited by Arthur; 23rd April 2012 at 08:13 PM.
It looks like they forgot the most popular phone platform !?!
I'll have to wait until next week for google drive.
Thanks, I have had it a while, ive just upgraded back up to the 25gb too, didnt realise they had brought that down.
::removes gladinet to try this one::
Post installation on Win7 is there any way to reconfig where it syncs i.e. move it from the default c:\users\<username>\SkyDrive? Can't see it in the UI, but HKCU has a path I guess I could try pointing that elsewhere.. and oh look: HKCU implies it installed in and presumably runs out of C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\SkyDri ve.
Cheers, I've just started to use it for storing RAW images on via the browser interface and the fact it has oodles more space than Dropbox is a bonus. Having it as a local synced resource is very handy.
If you unlink via the settings you can change the folder it links to.
Dropbox need to lower their prices for additional storage.
mac_shinobi (24th April 2012)
Is there a way this can be implemented into a shared-PC environment.
From initial testing it creates a local folder which syncs to the skydrive. Great for me on my desktop.
But if for example I want all the students to have their skydrives mapped like this when they log in. Is there a way to make the app sync with their network folders or such?
My feeling, not based on facts, is that you're just not going to be able to integrate this into your shiny school system.. the issue is whether you can/do allow this and Google's which is allegedly along next week (note this Skydrive one is called a "preview copy" as opposed to RTM and one imagines this has been rushed out of the door)
(Edit: see further comments on the next page for more info, you don't lose existing SkyDrives but new users on 365 won't get the feature in future)
Last edited by gshaw; 24th April 2012 at 02:06 PM.
If you are an existing SkyDrive user you will need to claim your 25GB, it is not given as a default upgrade. Go to your online SkyDrive account and look for the banner notice and follow the links to click the free upgrade button. From what I have read this may be a time limited offer so act quickly or else you may be stuck with 7GB.
Last edited by Dos_Box; 25th April 2012 at 09:53 AM.
ive got no banner on my account
I had a banner on one but I had never used skydrive on one of my liveIDs and so that one had no banner.
thanks for reminding me ive just checked my non work account and the banner is there so ive activated that one.
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