SkyDrive desktop app gets Windows 8 Release Preview support

If you are planning to download the Windows 8 Release Preview in a few days, you might also want to check out the new Windows PC desktop app for SkyDrive. Microsoft announced today that it has released new Windows PC and Mac versions of the SkyDrive app and the Windows port will include a special feature just for Windows 8 Release Preview users.

According to Microsoft, "Right from the Photos app in Windows 8, you can fetch photos stored on your other PCs that have SkyDrive installed – no matter where you are or how many terabytes of photos you have stored on the PC you are accessing." More information on this unique feature for SkyDrive on Windows 8 will be revealed soon.

The new versions of the Windows and Mac SkyDrive apps also update your SkyDrive folder faster if changes are made on other devices. The OS X Lion app has been changed so it no longer shows an app icon in the dock when it is running. Oh, and the number of individual files that can be put in a SkyDrive folder has been increased. Previously, "just" 150,000 files could be stored but that number has been boosted to a massive 10 million files.

The updates to the Windows and Mac apps should be made automatically in the next week or so, according to Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

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s3n4te said,
I think SkyDrive is the best cloud storage service out there.

just wish it was more universal.. I want a skydrive app on my playbook just until windows 8 is released.,

s3n4te said,
I think SkyDrive is the best cloud storage service out there.
I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion when Dropbox has support for more platforms and the client is better developed.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion when Dropbox has support for more platforms and the client is better developed.

Dropbox doesn't give you very much storage for free. It's a tiny fraction of what SkyDrive gives me.

Dashel said,
Because there is more to 'best' than multi-platform client support.
Absolutely, yet aside from storage space I don't see how it offers anything better.

rfirth said,
Dropbox doesn't give you very much storage for free. It's a tiny fraction of what SkyDrive gives me.
True, but it's more than enough for most people and they offer plenty of free ways to expand it. Same with Gmail - just because it offers more space doesn't make it better. SkyDrive is still playing catchup to Dropbox in terms of features and the biggest advantage it has going for it is that it will integrate with Win8 out of the box, though Dropbox likely won't be far behind.

The built in web versions of Office apps goes a LONG way towards making SkyDrive a much better solution than Dropbox. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Dropbox, but with an ADDITIONAL 50GB for only $25/year as opposed to a total of 50GB for $99/year and the Office apps, hard to see how Dropbox is still better.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Absolutely, yet aside from storage space I don't see how it offers anything better.