Windows 8.1 SkyDrive and Windows Store details leaked

With Microsoft preparing to release the first official public preview of Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store on June 26, more information has leaked on what people who download the upgrade to Windows 8 can expect.

In an updated post on the MyDigitalLife forums, Neowin forum member FaiKee has leaked what he says are screenshots and information on the SkyDrive and Windows Store apps that will be a part of Windows 8.1. The SkyDrive app will allow users to find both their cloud-based files as well as files and folders on their local drive.

While the SkyDrive app will allow for syncing up cloud-based files to a local PC drive, it does not do so automatically. Instead, the post claims it will have placeholder files that will show up in the app but only have a tiny portion of the full file. The post claims that once a user opens one of these placeholders, the full file is downloaded from SkyDrive.

As far as the Windows Store section of Windows 8.1, FaiKee claims that users will need a PC with a Microsoft Account to use the storefront. The screenshot above shows some of the new menu options that will be made available for store users. Windows 8 apps are now updated automatically with this new version unless the PC is connecting to a metered network.

The article also goes over what Windows 8 PC owners can expect when they download the Windows 8.1 public preview from the Windows Store. As we have reported previously, people who decide to download and install the public preview of Windows 8.1 will have to reinstall all of their Windows 8 apps when the final RTM version of Windows 8.1 is released sometime later this year.

Thanks to FaiKee for the tip!

Source: MyDigitalLife | Images via FaiKee

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Ounce you install an app it always shows up in your apps. If you want to check out an app, decide you do not like it, will not ever use it again, but it still shows up in your apps. What a pain in the butt. Allow us to remove it from our list of apps forever.

Vital D'haveloose said,
They should gave named the SkyDrive app "Files", since it shows all files.

Then again, they want to promote Skydrive as much as possible. They don't have a service called "Files".
In the context of the OS, calling it files makes sense, but in the context of the company, it doesn't.

SkyDrive app looks good.

Been playing with the new Windows Store though and it's an improvement in features, but it's also bland looking. Metro design style looks amazing when done right and MS are not taking advantage of it here.

1Pixel said,
SkyDrive app looks good.

Been playing with the new Windows Store though and it's an improvement in features, but it's also bland looking. Metro design style looks amazing when done right and MS are not taking advantage of it here.

Some have said that the store you see so far isn't done and that it's missing things still. Don't know how close to the truth that is though, we'll know in a few days.

The new SkyDrive app looks good, more features and also adding local storage management as well is a nice touch. The new store layout is also a step in the right direction, can't wait to load 8.1 in a VM on my main desktop and upgrade my Samsung tablet since it's got a few apps and won't be a problem to reinstall when the final comes around.

GP007 said,
The new SkyDrive app looks good, more features and also adding local storage management as well is a nice touch. The new store layout is also a step in the right direction, can't wait to load 8.1 in a VM on my main desktop and upgrade my Samsung tablet since it's got a few apps and won't be a problem to reinstall when the final comes around.

Is your tablet Windows 8 or Windows RT? I was hoping we'd get a preview for RT... but I doubt that would happen.

MidTxWRX said,

Is your tablet Windows 8 or Windows RT? I was hoping we'd get a preview for RT... but I doubt that would happen.

It's 8, it's a Samsung Ativ SmartPC. I think RT users will also get the option to upgrade to the preview, you'll just not get any ISO's to try like x86-64 will get.

GP007 said,

It's 8, it's a Samsung Ativ SmartPC. I think RT users will also get the option to upgrade to the preview, you'll just not get any ISO's to try like x86-64 will get.

Certainly hope so man.

MidTxWRX said,

Is your tablet Windows 8 or Windows RT? I was hoping we'd get a preview for RT... but I doubt that would happen.


It was confirmed a long time ago that RT devices will get the preview June 26th. This was announced before TechEd even.