Microsoft Bumps Skydrive to 5gb

Microsoft has increased storage on Windows Live Skydrive to 5GB, up by a multiple of five from its previous limit of 1GB (the 1GB having doubled the original 500mb in October).

Erick compared Skydrive to Gmail in an apples and oranges comparison last time; my Gmail account sits at 6.4gb today so Skydrive is still behind, having said that I’m not sure how many (average) people would use Gmail for online storage, so the comparison doesn’t make a lot of sense.

The more notable point is that Microsoft continues to grow its online storage offering when Google simply hasn’t launched the fabled Platypus online storage solution despite years of speculation and rumors. This is one space where Microsoft has the upper hand, and a 4gb storage jump will further increase the appeal of the product.

On top of the extra storage, Windows Live Skydrive has dropped the beta tag, and is now available in the following additional countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.

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If they included some sort of syncing capability so that I could sync folders between my laptop and desktop, this would be an ideal option for me. Right now I use it to share single documents with myself, but it doesn't make much sense to store more than that since I have redundancy between my desktop and laptop anyways and its a pain to login and upload via the web interface every time a file changes.

Why not just make SkyDrive a Windows Update? Who really cares to keep up with the fragmented, generic-looking releases of Windows Live?

This looks good, but I've been using Xdrive ( for a long time. They've got better upload web and local interfaces.