SkyDrive Gets New Logo and Window

The recent automatic update to SkyDrive for Windows (Version 16.4.6003.0710), released yesterday, offers a new status window that tells the user how SkyDrive is behaving. Many people asked for a simple way to check this. Now, after updating, when you click SkyDrive in the system tray, a small status window appears. It lets you know if SkyDrive is up to date, and gives you the time at which SkyDrive was last updated in addition to information on megabytes and files being transferred.

The new window also has new options in the context menu - "View sync problems" and "Report a problem" - that will make it easier to solve problems in the system. These are welcome features for SkyDrive power users. Most of the changes in this update are not visible to users, though, states Mike Torres, from Microsoft. The Windows Blog reports Mike Torres saying that, as with most updates, "this one improves performance, reliability, and compatibility of SkyDrive," so people depending on the service  can rely on the system to automatically sync files.

Along with the update, Microsoft introduced a redesigned logo. Mike Torres says that, "With the upcoming release of Windows 8, the time was right to redesign the SkyDrive logo. The refreshed logo is a natural evolution of the work we’re doing across Microsoft to deliver a more consistent experience across all of our products."

If you do not have Skydrive, you can download the new app from the SkyDrive website.

Source: The Windows Blog

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Do you still have to use the skydrive folder and drop your files there on the pc or you can just link any folder on the pc with one on the cloud?

I use DropBox and SkyDrive, im currently testing each. I find SkyDrive to be very slow at uploading, where as DropBox is much much much faster.

Shikaka said,
I use DropBox and SkyDrive, im currently testing each. I find SkyDrive to be very slow at uploading, where as DropBox is much much much faster.

I find SkyDrive quicker and easier to use

Shikaka said,
I use DropBox and SkyDrive, im currently testing each. I find SkyDrive to be very slow at uploading, where as DropBox is much much much faster.

I find Skydrive's sync time to be greatly reduced with the latest update. Used to take a long time to automatically start syncing files.

Yep, the Metro-interface is changed after the RC (bigger icons for desktop apps), also the Apps from Microsoft get a new icon (the Windows Store, SkyDrive, etc.)

I did a manual update yesterday on my desktop but was pleasantly surprised when I logged in to my netbook that the update had already been installed there.

I like the new notification area icon, but I'm not sure about the Favorites icon in Explorer.

I'm not sure that this is a "metro" icon. It is more of a default white that is consistent with the other system icons (sound, network, wifi, action center etc). I whish all apps (bluetooth and MSE are not white ) could have at least as an option, white icons.

Jan said,
Looks a lot better in the tray now that it is consistent with other icons.

agreed, looks and feels a lot more 'system' like now.

flexkeyboard said,
I actually think the old version metro-fied is nicer, it's the image on the front page of this news.

Absolutely agree.

Rappy said,
I noticed this yesterday and liked the logo! and the update to the software!

Actually makes more sense now, it's showing a scalable cloud.