Skydrive gets the Metro treatment, coming later this Summer

Microsoft not only rolled out Outlook.com today but they have also updated SkyDrive to bring it to visual parity of the company's other properties. The UI change is a dramatic, but familiar, overhaul of the service and none of the core functionality has changed. 

You can see the changes in the images above (and below) but in terms of new features, this appears to mostly be a re-skinning of the cloud service. With the new UI comes a few tweaks to the menu layouts but when compared to the overhaul that Outlook.com received, this is a minor update for the SkyDrive service.

Microsoft is pushing SkyDrive on all of its services as it works to integrate the platform into each product that it offers. We have already seen how the service integrates with Office 2013 and Windows Phone, we fully expect to see this deep integration to continue as Microsoft works to solidify its ecosystem. 

It's not exactly clear when the new UI will roll out as Microsoft said that it will be coming later this Summer but you can get a visual sneak peek with the gallery below.

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I have to say I'm really impressed by the new Outlook and People web apps. Looking forward to SkyDrive and Calendar updates. Might convert from Google/Gmail for a lot of stuff slowly over time especially if I get my hands on a Surface or something of that sort.

That is awesome! I'm going to have to check it out when I can. Though I don't use the site that much after they released the desktop app.

grayscale said,

here too

Sign in to outlook.com, not live.com.

EDIT: sorry, thought you were talking about outlook.com xD this is just a preview, no one is metrofied yet. That will be sometime in summer, as stated in the article.

oh my god, Microsoft is really bringing everything together. "They're getting their **** together", they say. I didn't expect everything to come full circle so elegantly like this!

Sokheang Thea said,
Do you think SkyDrive is so slow (Download and Upload) compared to Google Drive and DropBox?

nope, it's pretty solid, imo.

Sokheang Thea said,
Do you think SkyDrive is so slow (Download and Upload) compared to Google Drive and DropBox?

Before, it actually was. I also hated the fact that it takes forever to notice changes made on synced files. It changed on the latest updates, though. It recognizes changes almost as fast as Dropbox and upload/download speed is almost on par with it.

Sokheang Thea said,
Do you think SkyDrive is so slow (Download and Upload) compared to Google Drive and DropBox?

No. Its on par, if not better. Microsoft's data center's have always been pretty solid and so have Google's but Drop Box and all the others are running of fairly small data centers compared to these two because they simply don't have the infrastructure or money

I won't say I like this new UI (still warming up to it).
I will commend Microsoft on unifying everything though. This shows more direction than I've ever seen Microsoft have before.

billyea said,
I won't say I like this new UI (still warming up to it).
I will commend Microsoft on unifying everything though. This shows more direction than I've ever seen Microsoft have before.

It's a nice project that works -proven.

By the way, previously I tried a little the Skydrive, but I remember my self being mad at it. I don't remember why, though Generally, MS' apps haven't the same, easy usability as Google's products. I'm not saying they're hard to learn, but when google spoils you... hard to look elsewhere.

PC EliTiST said,

It's a nice project that works -proven.

By the way, previously I tried a little the Skydrive, but I remember my self being mad at it. I don't remember why, though Generally, MS' apps haven't the same, easy usability as Google's products. I'm not saying they're hard to learn, but when google spoils you... hard to look elsewhere.


I want to use Skydrive permanently, but I can't for two reasons:
A) I'm on a project team that collaborates on Dropbox
B) No [right click in Explorer] > Dropbox > "Copy public link" ease of use.