SkyDrive to allow unlimited photo and document storage

Windows Live SkyDrive is about to get a considerable boost to the free storage space allowed with the service. Liveside reported earlier today that the popular Microsoft service will get a storage upgrade, allowing unlimited storage space for both Office documents and photos, leaving the original 25 GB for any other files you wish to store in the cloud.

Unlimited storage space for all Office documents
Unlimited storage space for all photos
25 GB of free storage for everything else

This increase will be added to Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5 sometime in the near future, and will be quite considerable when you take into account the 70 million people that use the service today. There are also plans to expand the realms of SkyDrive, as Microsoft is currently developing native clients for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android along with the client embedded into Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft has been good at consistently increasing the space allowed for SkyDrive users. When the service launched in 2007 it only offered 500 MB, which increased to 5 GB the next year. With the launch of SkyDrive Wave 3 in late 2008 this got a huge increase to the current 25 GB – more than Google offers for free across their services and more than Dropbox’s 2 GB. With unlimited storage available for documents and photos, SkyDrive should cement itself in the top spot of providing cloud storage.

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"more than Google offers for free across their services and more than Dropbox's 2 GB."

Comparing this service to Google's and especially Dropbox isn't fair... since they don't do the same thing... again, especially dropbox... apples to apples please.

I thought everyone knew about SkyDrive Explorer? Just a Live ID and you're all set to upload files from Windows Explorer.

xpclient said,
I thought everyone knew about SkyDrive Explorer? Just a Live ID and you're all set to upload files from Windows Explorer.

I value my Live ID credentials, and I'm not willing to provide them to a third-party application.

xpclient said,
I thought everyone knew about SkyDrive Explorer? Just a Live ID and you're all set to upload files from Windows Explorer.

A number of people do, but the signs seem to point to that functionality being part of explorer in Win8 at least, maybe after you download some option part with the rest of the WLE apps as to not draw any anti-trust cries. We already know you'll be able to link your Live ID with your Windows Account so then, for those who do so, the option to have skydrive as a mounted/network drive right in explorer should show up I'd bet.

GP007 said,

the option to have skydrive as a mounted/network drive right in explorer should show up I'd bet.

That would be awesome.

GP007 said,
...the option to have skydrive as a mounted/network drive right in explorer should show up I'd bet.

There are tools out there which do just that. I'd Bing it, but I'm too lazy.

Nas said,

There are tools out there which do just that. I'd Bing it, but I'm too lazy.

I'm aware of them, but i'm saying MS should just add it into Windows as an option when you link a Live ID to your Windows Account like you'll be able to in Windows 8. No need for a 3rd party tool that could, if something goes wrong, probably mess up your system.

GP007 said,

I'm aware of them, but i'm saying MS should just add it into Windows as an option when you link a Live ID to your Windows Account like you'll be able to in Windows 8. No need for a 3rd party tool that could, if something goes wrong, probably mess up your system.

GP007 said,
This is part of the now gone KIN Studio coming over to skydrive as has been talked about for months. The next piece should be tighter integration with Mesh, though Mesh is more for direct PC to PC/Mac sync without the cloud in the middle (unless you choose to use that 5GB of space for things, though I don't). Hell, I think MS could probably just link Skydrive into Windows directly once you download it, if they're going to make Skydrive apps for mobile then they might as well toss out a Skydrive plug-in for download that adds it directly into Windows Explorer etc.

Microsoft hasn't made it possible is because they don't want to get into the cloud backup business. Imagine if the 70 million SkyDrive users filled their 25 GB, or worse, the 350+ million Windows Live users. Most people would backup their stuff and let it sit there and Microsoft would have to maintain it, and constantly replicate all of it to ensure data is never lost. For the time being, only expect Skydrive to compliment other Microsoft products and services.

xpclient said,
I thought everyone knew about SkyDrive Explorer? Just a Live ID and you're all set to upload files from Windows Explorer.

i havent used much this one... it feels kinda limited. i have tried Gladient and it worked nice, i uninstalled it, since its not like i upload too much stuff in skydrive anyways. but Gladient felt better. and it supports other cloud sites

FMH said,
Hmmmm..... is their a limit to this 'unlimited', or is it really "UNLIMITED!" ?

Pictures and documents don't take up enough space as music, and even more so, videos do, so it's really unlimited I say. I bet anyones photo collection is a fraction of their music or video collection,, I know mine is. Unless we're talking RAW images, but I doubt that's the case for the majority of people out there who are using some average digital camera or their new phone to take pictures.

Just look at your own collection and see how much pics take up on your system.

GP007 said,

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Just look at your own collection and see how much pics take up on your system.
Yeah, 15 GB.

dhan said,

52GB (I mostly shoot in RAW)

Cheater, RAW shouldn't count in this case. I also somehow expect that they won't support uploading RAW pictures, but who knows.

GP007 said,

Pictures and documents don't take up enough space as music, and even more so, videos do, so it's really unlimited I say. I bet anyones photo collection is a fraction of their music or video collection,, I know mine is. Unless we're talking RAW images, but I doubt that's the case for the majority of people out there who are using some average digital camera or their new phone to take pictures.

Just look at your own collection and see how much pics take up on your system.


Just remember when you upload them not to compress them Else the original quality of the images will surely be lost

But i must say that my collection is over 20-30gb worth of images... so this will be a great addition

GP007 said,

Cheater, RAW shouldn't count in this case. I also somehow expect that they won't support uploading RAW pictures, but who knows.

I think they should offer RAW support as part of a Premium package; right now I have 35 GB in pictures and 75 GB in music. I do not use RAW very much but most professional phographers do and they would pay to get a a safe backup site.

Excellent news. I already use Skydrive for lots of stuff, and I've been wanting a way to easily back up my huge catalogue of photos easily.

This is great news as a 2nd backup of all photos i must say nice work MS

Now as everyone says... Some form of client or click and drag folders and im sold

This is part of the now gone KIN Studio coming over to skydrive as has been talked about for months. The next piece should be tighter integration with Mesh, though Mesh is more for direct PC to PC/Mac sync without the cloud in the middle (unless you choose to use that 5GB of space for things, though I don't). Hell, I think MS could probably just link Skydrive into Windows directly once you download it, if they're going to make Skydrive apps for mobile then they might as well toss out a Skydrive plug-in for download that adds it directly into Windows Explorer etc.

Live Mesh's cloud storage (5GB) is quite nice. I have different folders syncing differently: some across laptops, some across PC's, and some sync'd via the cloud. There's no real need to sync EVERYTHING in 1 place when there's a distinct difference between the offerings. Mesh provides a sort of backup, whereby SkyDrive provides document management, sharing, and editing.

GP007 said,
This is part of the now gone KIN Studio coming over to skydrive as has been talked about for months. The next piece should be tighter integration with Mesh, though Mesh is more for direct PC to PC/Mac sync without the cloud in the middle (unless you choose to use that 5GB of space for things, though I don't). Hell, I think MS could probably just link Skydrive into Windows directly once you download it, if they're going to make Skydrive apps for mobile then they might as well toss out a Skydrive plug-in for download that adds it directly into Windows Explorer etc.

The problem with that is it would give people the option to drag and drop entire folders. People complain about not having this but the reason Microsoft hasn't made it possible is because they don't want to get into the cloud backup business. Imagine if the 70 million SkyDrive users filled their 25 GB, or worse, the 350+ million Windows Live users. Most people would backup their stuff and let it sit there and Microsoft would have to maintain it, and constantly replicate all of it to ensure data is never lost. For the time being, only expect Skydrive to compliment other Microsoft products and services.

This would be great if:
a) You could upload files with directory structures in tact
b) It could create previews for RAW images

You'd have to be quite rich at the moment to use online storage as a viable option for saving backups of your raw files online.

_DP said,
This would be great if:
a) You could upload files with directory structures in tact
b) It could create previews for RAW images

You'd have to be quite rich at the moment to use online storage as a viable option for saving backups of your raw files online.

You can upload folder structures using WebDAV - look it up.
You can also Sync folder structures with Live Mesh (Windows Live Essentials)

As for RAW support, not viewable from the browser, but work in Windows Explorer when access SkyDrive via WebDAV.

thenetavenger said,

You can upload folder structures using WebDAV - look it up.
You can also Sync folder structures with Live Mesh (Windows Live Essentials)

As for RAW support, not viewable from the browser, but work in Windows Explorer when access SkyDrive via WebDAV.

All you said is true but..... but you know very well that the work-around is not suitable for average users.
I also believe that once all these tasks will become straightforward in W8 they should raise the 5GB limit for data sync, eventually as a Premium service for a fee.

MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless. Who's going to upload 10 images at a time.

Once Picasa becomes Google Photos and allows unlimited syncing of photos (of a certain resolution) there'll be no use for SkyDrive. Again.

dancedar said,
MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless. Who's going to upload 10 images at a time.

Once Picasa becomes Google Photos and allows unlimited syncing of photos (of a certain resolution) there'll be no use for SkyDrive. Again.


Install Silverlight plug-in, drag-and-drop your photos, upload. I tried to upload more than 20 photos and it worked.

dancedar said,
MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless. Who's going to upload 10 images at a time.

Once Picasa becomes Google Photos and allows unlimited syncing of photos (of a certain resolution) there'll be no use for SkyDrive. Again.

Actually you can do all that with Skydrive both from web or from Live suite client.

DaveGreen said,

Actually you can do all that with Skydrive both from web or from Live suite client.

Yeah, I haven't tried this but can't you just select what you want using Live Photo Gallery and then have it upload them to skydrive?

dancedar said,
MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless.

Windows Live Mesh. Ignorance FTL..

DaveGreen said,

Actually you can do all that with Skydrive both from web or from Live suite client.

Are you sure you can upload an entire folder? My understanding is that you can only upload files not folders.

Fritzly said,

Isn't Mesh limit 5GB?

No, the new Mesh is a downloaded app. Allowing you to select folders to sync to skydrive.

Fritzly said,

Are you sure you can upload an entire folder? My understanding is that you can only upload files not folders.


Yes, it's as easy as selecting a folder in Live Photo gallery and click upload to Skydrive

Xerax said,
No, the new Mesh is a downloaded app. Allowing you to select folders to sync to skydrive.

That's irrelevant. As far as I know, you could sync no more than 5Gb out of 25.

dancedar said,
MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless. Who's going to upload 10 images at a time.

Once Picasa becomes Google Photos and allows unlimited syncing of photos (of a certain resolution) there'll be no use for SkyDrive. Again.

you really dont know what you are talking about... first you can upload up to 200 files at a time. second, there is LIVE PHOTO GALLERY, and it makes stuff easier, i dont use it much since i find easier skydrive to upload. but if you dont know how to use something maybe you shouldnt critize it?...

i feels like now everyone likes to be like Molly Wood, not knowing how to use stuff and then say alot of lies and critize it.

dancedar said,
MS can throw all the free storage they want at it, but unless you can sync it from within Windows, or upload entire folders of 1000s of photos at a time it's simply useless. Who's going to upload 10 images at a time.

Once Picasa becomes Google Photos and allows unlimited syncing of photos (of a certain resolution) there'll be no use for SkyDrive. Again.

Check and Check...

Anything else you you want that you do not realize is already available?

Here are some of the answers you seek...

1) Windows Live Mesh (from Live Essentials)
*Note Essentials, it might be important to have
Sync any folder you want, it is available in Skydrive, and any other PC you want
by using Live Mesh on that PC.

2) View & even map a Drive Letter to Skydrive.
(Using WebDAV, you can do this on Linux, Mac, and Windows)
All you need is your SkyDrive database ID
Open SkyDrive in your browser
Click on any folder
Click "Get a Link"
In the Link, look for cid=
Your SkyDrive ID is everything after cid= and before the first & symbol
It is 16 digits

Once you have the ID, now just add it to the end of:
https://docs.live.net/
(or if using a network share location URL)
\\docs.live.net@SSL

Which should look like this (I'm use a fake number)
https://docs.live.net/12345abcde1234db
or
\\docs.live.net@SSL12345abcde1234db

With this URL, anything that uses WebDAV, including Windows Explorer,
you can open, Map it as a Drive Letter, etc.

I agree #2 is not automated, but it is not hard, considering this is how we had to map network drives just a few years ago. The good thing, is it will be automatic in Windows 8

However, #1 - Live Mesh is automated, and it also uses smart syncing technology

I use Live Mesh like 'roaming profiles' in a Windows Server environment, and have my desktop, documents, etc. follow me to any computer I choose. I also have full access to my stuff from any Browser.

Even on my Android phones, just using the Browser or WebDAV directly I even play music directly from my SkyDrive Music folder.

I don't do this on my WP7, because it has Zune, where you can download or stream virtually any song ever made, making storing non-original Music on SkyDrive a waste of space. (Also Mango update allows for access to SkyDrive music for non-Zune Pass users)

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So as I overly explained, what you want is already here...

Windows 8 fully automates everything, as it uses SkyDrive much like 'roaming profiles' works in a Windows Server environment, where it doesn't matter what computer you use, your settings and information are always available, and even locally stored and synced if you want across all your computers.

dhan said,

Yes, it's as easy as selecting a folder in Live Photo gallery and click upload to Skydrive

Thanks; I did not know about the new buttton in Photo Gallery