Microsoft shows off Windows 8 Skydrive support

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system will support a number of the company's Windows Live online services. That includes Skydrive, the cloud-based data storage service. Today the official Skydrive web site has been updated with a new video that gives more information on how Windows 8 will work with Skydrive. When the final version is released, Windows 8 users will have to sign up for Windows Live but once that's done they will find that Skydrive support can be accessed directly from the OS.

Using the new Metro interface, Windows 8 users will be able to view things like photo albums that have been uploaded into their Skydrive storage space. New files can be uploaded and downloaded directly from the Windows 8 interface to your Skydrive account. Users will also be able to pick and then share which Skydrive folders they want their friends to access. You can check out how Windows 8 handles Skydrive photo albums in the video below. According to News.com, Skydrive can also be set up to be used as a kind of virtual PC under Windows 8, letting users access some applications from several different Windows 8 PCs.

A few days ago, it was reported that Microsoft is planning to add unlimited amounts of space for Skydrive users to upload photos and Microsoft Office documents and 26 GB amounts of space for all other files. Certainly this kind of increased space for photos and documents will come in handy when Windows 8 finally launches. However Skydrive has also suffered from two recent outages that have kept the service from being used for several hours each time.

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I hope they get this right.Because it's like a chore to use skydrive. By integrating it more with the OS and opening it up to developers it can be polished.

Majesticmerc said,
Why do the people that do videos like this always sound like total douchebags?
I was thinking that as I was watching. heh.

McKay said,
It's about time they integrated Skydrive right into Windows

I want it more heavily integrated into WP7 as well, hopefully Mango will do some of that.

Minimoose said,

I want it more heavily integrated into WP7 as well, hopefully Mango will do some of that.

ya but i don't think it will

Minimoose said,

I want it more heavily integrated into WP7 as well, hopefully Mango will do some of that.

Mango integrates it more for the Office Hub and so on, Pictures were already pretty integrated with skydrive from the start though.

I also think that there will be a skydrive app in the works for WP7 and other mobile platforms as well.

Wow this is pretty cool looking. It looks like there is a picture of an old catalytic cracking unit in the travels pictures.

With caps lifted off Skydrive, the increasingly common usage cap ISPs impose will becoming a bigger and bigger problem once cloud services take off.

Cool. Right now I mostly just use SkyDrive to sync the pictures from my HD7 to my desktop, but am looking into using it for other things as well.

roadwarrior said,
Cool. Right now I mostly just use SkyDrive to sync the pictures from my HD7 to my desktop, but am looking into using it for other things as well.

I am the same.. I use it for certain things but I would love if I could use it for all of my important files.. ( i know i can already but it can be a bit of a hassle to upload them or to have Mesh running in the background all the time.)