Microsoft: 250 million people are now using SkyDrive

In December, Microsoft announced that over 200 million people were using SkyDrive, its cloud data-storage service. Today, the company announced yet another milestone for SkyDrive, stating that the number of users has increased to 250 million.

Today's blog post also includes a new infographic, shown below, that shows some of the highlights for SkyDrive in the past year, including adding an Android app in August, an Xbox 360 app in December, and making SkyDrive the default save location for documents made in Office 365 and Office 2013, which now has over one billion documents stored on its servers.

However, not everything has gone according to plan. In March, Microsoft experienced an outage of many of its online services, including SkyDrive, that it later blamed on an overheated data center. Despite this, it's clear that Microsoft is moving more of its online services to a cloud-based system and SkyDrive is one of its major pillars of those plans.

The big question: Where does SkyDrive go next? Microsoft didn't offer any details today as part of its 250 million-user milestone concerning their plans for SkyDrive going forward, saying only, "We look forward to bringing you even more awesome features in the future."

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I love SkyDrive myself. One of the only complaints I've heard from customers is the service uptime. Not gonna lie, I've faced some downtime myself, along with issues with their Android app, but it's not that big of a deal for me.

For those using it for business reasons though, I can definitely see how that would be an issue.

I'm a user but Skydrive isn't a friendly sharing service at all.

1. URL's are ugly, do we really need 90+ characters in the URL for a picture? Sites like imgur have only 30 characters in their picture url's. (direct image link has 170+ characters).

2. Terrible interface while viewing photo's/video's.

Skydrive needs some polish to make it a media sharing service, currently it's only good for storage reasons.

Gaffney said,
I'm a user but Skydrive isn't a friendly sharing service at all.

1. URL's are ugly, do we really need 90+ characters in the URL for a picture? Sites like imgur have only 30 characters in their picture url's. (direct image link has 170+ characters).

2. Terrible interface while viewing photo's/video's.

Skydrive needs some polish to make it a media sharing service, currently it's only good for storage reasons.

I quite like their image viewing interface. All the details and such right there, and easily navigable through keyboard alone.

I agree with you on the URL's though. Those are a little ridiculous.

1. URL's are ugly, do we really need 90+ characters in the URL for a picture? Sites like imgur have only 30 characters in their picture url's. (direct image link has 170+ characters).

You've been able to shorten urls for quite a bit of time now. Makes a sdrv.ms/123456 link. Sure the direct picture link is quite large but it isn't designed to like imgur, they're two different services.

GreatMarkO said,
"Microsoft: 250 million people are now using SkyDrive"

...and 25 million people wish they could still use Mesh(!)


Indeed. It was a great and flexible service.