More storage and Windows/Mac apps for Skydrive?

The Skydrive cloud-based storage service from Microsoft may be getting some more storage options along with some app programs. The Brazil-based web site Gemind.com reports (via TNW) that it has discovered these new options via a check on their version of the Skydrive surface.

A screenshot from their discovery seems to indicate that Microsoft has plans to release Skydrive specific apps for Windows and Mac-based PCs at some point in the future. Microsoft has already released Skydrive apps for smartphones, including Windows Phone and iPhone devices.

Yet another screenshot seems to show that Microsoft plans to expand Skydrive's storage options beyond the free 25 GB of cloud storage it already offers its users. The screenshot indicates that user will soon be able to purchase an additional 20 GB, 50 GB or even 100 GB for an additional fee.

If true, Microsoft is setting Skydrive to be more of a major player in the consumer cloud storage service. In addition, there are rumors that Google is preparing to launch a similar service sometime in the near future.

Microsoft has also been promoting Skydrive more, including an infographic released last week that tries to make the case that using the service for sharing files is much better than the old fashioned way of emailing attachments to others.

Images via Gemind.com

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I use WHS and Windows Azure for my backup. $0.15/gb for enterprise grade service and 6x geo-redundancy can't be beat!

Skydrive gets a 7/10 from me, a big fat 10 if...

1. Live Mesh not restricted to 5gb and a separate area but all 25gb available.
2. Proper Integration with Windows Explorer.
3. The ability to attach a file from Skydrive in an email in Hotmail instead of just linking to it. I know this is to relive some of the stress on Hotmail servers but if it's just a piccy or a 2mb Word file it's more convenient to attach that file.

i would love if they make a win/mac app. basically make it similar to dropbox.
that will be a killer... and the only reason not many people switched back. i just hate to browse around for my own files / upload and download them. dropbox is just quick, transparent and easy.

I love dropbox, no problems so far, i use it mainly for backup. I tried skydrive mapping a desktop drive, but it's really a pain in the ass.

The recent Megaupload tragedy shows that cloud storage is just a "good to have around" option but you really can't depend on it.

I have dropbox, memopal, zumodrive, box.net and skydrive and the only one I use is dropbox. I just can't get into the skydrive thing. In fact I don't even go to a Microsoft website except maybe every few months. I like the storage amount but it just doesn't sync well for me across all my devices.

If only they had a desktop sync client like drop box. That's the problem with SkyDrive, it isn't as accessible as the competition.

Panda X said,
If only they had a desktop sync client like drop box. That's the problem with SkyDrive, it isn't as accessible as the competition.

there is already a client for skydrive you have to download windows live essential and chose Live Mesh its skydrive desktop client

Panda X said,
If only they had a desktop sync client like drop box. That's the problem with SkyDrive, it isn't as accessible as the competition.

Download SDExplorer, it's a Windows Explorer plug in to mount your Skydrive as a drive letter.

@what
Live Essentials has Mesh client and is so easy to use my 4 and 6 year olds set it up. Sky Drive is integrated with Live photo gallery and is even more simple to use.

Dave Jukes said,
@what
Live Essentials has Mesh client and is so easy to use my 4 and 6 year olds set it up. Sky Drive is integrated with Live photo gallery and is even more simple to use.

Mesh allows for only 5GB of data though............

Or just use the existing SkyDrive synching client, Live Mesh, that comes with Windows Live Essentials and automatically sync your folders to SkyDrive.

Not sure why they only give you 5 of that 25gb for sync storage though.

Edit: I wish the likes of Microsoft and Dropbox would add upload throttling to their synching clients. Add a gig to your synched folders, and your limited upload bandwidth ADSL connection is almost unusable for hours.

Edited by Ryster, Feb 18 2012, 11:12pm :

TCLN Ryster said,
Or just use the existing SkyDrive synching client, Live Mesh, that comes with Windows Live Essentials and automatically sync your folders to SkyDrive.

Not sure why they only give you 5 of that 25gb for sync storage though.

Edit: I wish the likes of Microsoft and Dropbox would add upload throttling to their synching clients. Add a gig to your synched folders, and your limited upload bandwidth ADSL connection is almost unusable for hours.


DropBox has a throttling option Preferences \ Bandwidth

The only thing stopping me from using Skydrive is the website design. Microsoft should update it to make it similar to its other websites, and to make it faster and mobile-friendly. The Twitter integration in WP7 uses Skydrive for uploaded photos, but it's an absolute mare to view an image from it.

what said,
The only thing stopping me from using Skydrive is the website design. Microsoft should update it to make it similar to its other websites, and to make it faster and mobile-friendly. The Twitter integration in WP7 uses Skydrive for uploaded photos, but it's an absolute mare to view an image from it.

SkyDrive app for iOS devices is actually pretty good. It's simple, reliable and fast.

The Stark said,

SkyDrive app for iOS devices is actually pretty good. It's simple, reliable and fast.


Yes, the apps are fine. I'm talking about the website though, particularly for photos.

what said,

Yes, the apps are fine. I'm talking about the website though, particularly for photos.

They just updated it a few months ago to be more HTML5 capable, and I use it all the time for photos (more free space than Picasa), and have no problems browsing the site, although I use Live Photo Gallery to upload pics, so I don't know if it's clumsy in that regard.

Skydrive is very fast and reliable for me. I use it and Office 365. Would love to see more integration into the OS like mounting it as a drive in Explorer and syncing.

Enron said,
Skydrive is very fast and reliable for me. I use it and Office 365. Would love to see more integration into the OS like mounting it as a drive in Explorer and syncing.

That is the magic word: increase the amount of data I can automatically Sync and not just manually upload..........

I wish they'd cut the amount of storage offered if they removed all the restrictions on how you use the service, a few examples would, the file size limit of 100mb (like dropbox), no drag and drop of folders, only files (Google Docs has drag and drop of folders so there's no excuse).

thealexweb said,
I wish they'd cut the amount of storage offered if they removed all the restrictions on how you use the service, a few examples would, the file size limit of 100mb (like dropbox), no drag and drop of folders, only files (Google Docs has drag and drop of folders so there's no excuse).

And if I understood the developer docs correctly, you're restricted to uploading only certain types of files via the API. Which sucks.

SharpGreen said,

And if I understood the developer docs correctly, you're restricted to uploading only certain types of files via the API. Which sucks.


just zipup what you can't upload. Then upload it.

If any file type was allowed it could also be misused, public SkyDrive links to dodgy dll's and exe's, imagine the headline!


duddit2 said,

just zipup what you can't upload. Then upload it.

If any file type was allowed it could also be misused, public SkyDrive links to dodgy dll's and exe's, imagine the headline!

I would. But ZIP files aren't one of the allowed file types. Don't get me wrong, you can upload practically anything via the web interface, but the developer API is more limited.

I have to say i am leaning more towards Microsofts various offerings lately, but since the Sky Drive app is pretty poor on iOS. (No surprise there) and that DropBox offered free storage the other week upto 6GB, i see myself sticking with DropBox.

WarioTBH said,
I have to say i am leaning more towards Microsofts various offerings lately, but since the Sky Drive app is pretty poor on iOS. (No surprise there) and that DropBox offered free storage the other week upto 6GB, i see myself sticking with DropBox.

why/how is the skydrive app on iOS bad? It runs faster on my iPhone 4 than it does on my WP.

downhillrider said,

why/how is the skydrive app on iOS bad? It runs faster on my iPhone 4 than it does on my WP.

Last time i tried it, it didn't have a multiple file / photo upload option

i hope they do continue to push skydive and a lot of their online services as Microsoft really excel's with their cloud offerings. Practically everyone i know has never heard of skydrive but once i introduce it to them they can't get enough and usually respond with "i didn't know microsoft offered this"

Skydrive and indeed hotmail are pretty much my major cloud services, the one thing i would love to see added to Skydrive is more of a dropbox sync utility that is across platform Windows/Mac/iOS etc.. I have tried mesh but i thought it was a little fiddly to use as it seemed to take up a few resources and i didn't like the 5GB sync to a particular sync folder, i would prefer to have the whole skydive sync'd or to be able to add/include folders to sync.

REM2000 said,
i hope they do continue to push skydive and a lot of their online services as Microsoft really excel's with their cloud offerings. Practically everyone i know has never heard of skydrive but once i introduce it to them they can't get enough and usually respond with "i didn't know microsoft offered this"

Skydrive and indeed hotmail are pretty much my major cloud services, the one thing i would love to see added to Skydrive is more of a dropbox sync utility that is across platform Windows/Mac/iOS etc.. I have tried mesh but i thought it was a little fiddly to use as it seemed to take up a few resources and i didn't like the 5GB sync to a particular sync folder, i would prefer to have the whole skydive sync'd or to be able to add/include folders to sync.


oO Never heard of Skydrive before whaaaaat? its on live front page =/ i have been using since the day one

subcld said,

oO Never heard of Skydrive before whaaaaat? its on live front page =/ i have been using since the day one

most people dont like looking around at new things that are offered. when i showed my parents they thought it was the best thing ever

REM2000 said,
i hope they do continue to push skydive and a lot of their online services as Microsoft really excel's with their cloud offerings. Practically everyone i know has never heard of skydrive but once i introduce it to them they can't get enough and usually respond with "i didn't know microsoft offered this"

Skydrive and indeed hotmail are pretty much my major cloud services, the one thing i would love to see added to Skydrive is more of a dropbox sync utility that is across platform Windows/Mac/iOS etc.. I have tried mesh but i thought it was a little fiddly to use as it seemed to take up a few resources and i didn't like the 5GB sync to a particular sync folder, i would prefer to have the whole skydive sync'd or to be able to add/include folders to sync.

That show's how poor Microsoft spent its $10bn+ marketing budget last year