Microsoft: 3 TB of data uploaded to SkyDrive per day from Windows 8.1 users

Microsoft launched the public preview version of Windows 8.1 less than a month ago, which included new features and improvements related to uploading and using files to its SkyDrive service. Today, Microsoft revealed that 3 TB of data has been uploaded to SkyDrive per day just from Windows 8.1 users in the first week after the preview version was released.

Today's blog post goes over what Microsoft is putting into Windows 8.1 for SkyDrive. One of them is the use of placeholder files and smart thumbnails for documents and and photos which let users view and interact with their SkyDrive files without having those files take up a lot of local hard drive space on their Windows 8.1 PC. For example, the folder shown in the screenshot above is 5.6 GB in size on SkyDrive but only uses 185 MB on the local hard drive.

Microsoft says:

Early data in the weeks since Windows 8.1 Preview was released suggests that this architecture is delivering on the goals we set out with and SkyDrive files are taking up less than 5% of the local disk space that they would have taken in the old system.

Windows 8.1 also allows users to mark which SkyDrive files they want to access on their local hard drive in case they wish to view and use them offline. Also, every Windows 8 app can save files directly to SkyDrive via Windows 8.1 thanks to the Windows file picker being built directly into SkyDrive; any SkyDrive file now appears when a person searches for files on their Windows 8.1 PC.

Microsoft says they are not done with the development of SkyDrive and its development within Windows 8.1. The blog states, "We’ve also gotten feedback on what else you’d like to see in the product, and we’re working hard to address that feedback in the upcoming milestones."

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I dont understand how Microsoft wont get slapped with anti-trust violations or anti-competitive issues with the Skydrive and Bing infusion into the OS like this.

I'm not anti-microsoft but if people had an issue with IE being installed and persistent in the OS by default how is the Skydrive and Bing integration different for companies like MEGA, Dropbox, Google, etc?

I'm really surprised that MS didnt bake this stuff in and then open API's to allow you to use another service, like Dropbox, instead.

I dont understand how Microsoft wont get slapped with anti-trust violations or anti-competitive issues with the Skydrive and Bing infusion into the OS like this.

1999 != 2013

But what you've got to remember is that users are deleting data as well as adding it, so they probably don't need to buy increasing amounts of hard drives each day.

Desktop SkyDrive on 8.1 is so good, even better than the standalone desktop SkyDrive program for Windows (and you can finally sync individual files on 8.1). Infact it's better than any other cloud storage.

All it needs is the ability to change the SkyDrive folder location so it's not always on the C:\ drive. MS are aware of this issue though, so hopefully it will be sorted by RTM.

^ This. I have a small SSD drive to begin with and I'd like to keep data files on spinner's. Getting SkyDrive to switch to the 2ndary HDD would be nice.

Anyone uploading anything criminal or incriminating to such a service, should be locked up IMO.

And I would love to have cloud storage anonymously scan for child porn, calling for a manual inspection only when found. That's just me.

I better say something OT, MS is doing great with SkyDrive, didn't see mounting of folders mentioned ...

Edited by MorganX, Jul 22 2013, 7:42pm :

Spoken like a true lemming. If you don't understand the correlation privacy has to freedom, you don't deserve to be a citizen of the U.S. Time has come to separate the men from the boys on this jr.

As for storage. You could use TruPax (creates containers that match exactly the size you need, no more guess work) along with Truecrypt to keep your data truly secure and easy to manage. I can't wait for MORE instances of people uploading their own kids baby pics only to get a knock on the door courtesy of NSA/MS or whoever else is added to the list...which by now we can assume is everyone. You're a fool if you store anything except recipes on these "Public" servers unencrypted.

I'm man enough to handle a knock on the door over baby pics, if that fantastic worst case scenario happened. I'm also man enough to personally wring the neck of pedophiles and destroy all their personal rights if I personally catch them.

I don't have to hide behind encryption. Freedom, I have the freedom to willingly comply with such a scenario to save kids. Which are being exploited and traded on the Internet as you type your tin foil paranoia.

"That's just me."

Sad that view exists. You have no concept of true freedom or the price that was paid to achieve it. It epitomizes intellectual laziness and willful ignorance. You are EXACTLY what the people that put this spy network together are hoping for. When your children curse you for allowing it. "tinfoil" hat, seriously? Wow. just wow.

They won't. They're intelligent enough to know if you use Cloud storage, you comply with the rules or go somewhere else. If they bellyached about online storage being anonymously scanned for such things I'd personally kick their asses up and down Freedom Blvd.

They will realize that we are governed by laws and that this is a democracy. You want true freedom, buy a private island and build your own cloud storage network.

> Upload all your stuff for the NSA to see... O_o

*yawn*
If they want to see your stuff offline they will.. it being in SkyDrive, or Google Drive, or iCloud, or anywhere else doesn't make it any easier or harder for them to look at - especially considering the hoops they still have to go through to access your material online.

Personally they're more than welcome to look through all my photos.. they're all incredibly boring to anyone but me.

8.1 is a huge improvement skydrive wise, being setup by default will encourage use and people will benefit more (I'm mainly talking about users that are not savy with this stuff, i speak with plenty of people like this and they would much prefer things to just work rather than requiring them to know about it and set it up).

duddit2 said,
8.1 is a huge improvement skydrive wise, being setup by default will encourage use and people will benefit more (I'm mainly talking about users that are not savy with this stuff, i speak with plenty of people like this and they would much prefer things to just work rather than requiring them to know about it and set it up).

Unfortunately, at least in the preview, MS removed the option to choose where the SkyDrive folder is located. Why they had to cripple something working perfectly fine?

Fritzly said,

Unfortunately, at least in the preview, MS removed the option to choose where the SkyDrive folder is located. Why they had to cripple something working perfectly fine?
I keep hoping to see much of the Live Mesh functionality returned as well.

from what I've read, they're adding back livemesh like secondary folders in an upcoming revision, so the limitation is probably added to prepare for that.

MrHumpty said,
I keep hoping to see much of the Live Mesh functionality returned as well.

Hoping here as well.... And dreaming that one day we could get back the functionalities of the original MESH...

Fritzly said,

Hoping here as well.... And dreaming that one day we could get back the functionalities of the original MESH...
What was missing from Live Mesh that was in the original. I must have missed out on the original.

MrHumpty said,
What was missing from Live Mesh that was in the original. I must have missed out on the original.

Peer to peer sync,was great. as,well as the ability to sync and save files regardless of their location.

Fritzly said,
Peer to peer sync,was great. as,well as the ability to sync and save files regardless of their location.
Yea, peer to peer was boss. It would even do it on the local network.

MrHumpty said,
What was missing from Live Mesh that was in the original. I must have missed out on the original.

The dire performance, all the time. It ran like a dog! Yes, it worked really well, but at the cost of almost needing a dedicated PC just to run MESH.

shao said,

The dire performance, all the time. It ran like a dog! Yes, it worked really well, but at the cost of almost needing a dedicated PC just to run MESH.

Were you running it on a PIII? It ran find on everything I had... even my bedroom htpc with a freaking atom ran fine.

shao said,

The dire performance, all the time. It ran like a dog! Yes, it worked really well, but at the cost of almost needing a dedicated PC just to run MESH.

Not here; it ran fine even on an old Toshiba 3505 Tablet......

Obviously. Did you read the article? It says:

Microsoft says they are not done with the development of SkyDrive and its development within Windows 8.1. The blog states, "We've also gotten feedback on what else you'd like to see in the product, and we're working hard to address that feedback in the upcoming milestones."

core OS might be RTM, ancillary parts can be developed up till release day because of how the product will be delivered and how seamless patching has become