SkyDrive New Features; Usage Doubled in Last Six Months

Microsoft claims that the use of its cloud storage service SkyDrive has doubled its usage amount over the past six months. The increase in usage is undoubtedly due to the recent launch of Windows 8-powered devices.

"We're both humbled and excited by this pace of growth. While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you've also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device," said Microsoft's group manager for SkyDrive Apps Mike Torres. To celebrate its achievement, Microsoft has release several new features and apps for its cloud storage service. "So today, we're releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer."

A selective sync feature allows users to select certain folders to sync to SkyDrive. A right-click option for contextual menus that leads to faster and easier file sharing from the desktop has also been implemented.

Microsoft also released an update to its Windows Phone 8 and Android apps for SkyDrive. The apps now offer file search support, and the ability to shrink photos when they go online. The WP8 app in particular will receive a minor redesign that delivers a cleaner UI.

Android users, meanwhile, are now able to upload all file types from an SD card, in addition to the ability to rename SkyDrive files and folders; they can also create custom sort orders for every view.

Microsoft's SkyDrive competitor, Dropbox, was recently confirmed to have surpassed 100 million users.

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  • edogawa
    I'm loving SkyDrive and my free 25GB of free storage across all my devices!
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  • blurr91
    I use it as a part of my back up system for my photos. I know Microsoft is trying, but the interface could still use some more work. It just doesn't feel as intuitive as some of its competitors.
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  • jhansonxi
    "Doubled" is meaningless without some numbers. 100 to 200 users? 50 million to 100 million?

    Quote:
    While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you've also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device,
    I'm sure repressive governments love it too.

    And it's a stretch to credit the gain entirely to Win8:
    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-8-sales-well-below-projections-plenty-blame-go-around

    Overall this seems like another marketing puff piece and further proof that Zak is just a shell script triggering on keyword. :D
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