Microsoft's SkyDrive gets a couple of new features

Microsoft has added some new and interesting features for its SkyDrive cloud data storage service and it made the announcement in a way that shows off one of these new additions. The company announced that files written in the Open Document Format can now be viewed on SkyDrive in a web browser. In fact today's announcement was made via an ODF file.

Documents made using ODF are usually linked with the open source-based OpenOffice software suite but Microsoft's own Word program can also view and edit files in the format.

In addition, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive users can now upload individual files as large as 300 MB to their SkyDrive accounts via a web browser. You can now also share SkyDrive files to your friends via your Twitter account. Finally, SkyDrive images can be shared with Microsoft's own URL shortener for Windows Phone users.

Microsoft also hints in today's announcement that it has "some really big things coming soon" for SkyDrive users. A couple of months ago, there were rumors that Microsoft might add Windows and Mac SkyDrive clients at some point, along with options to purchase additional cloud storage beyond the free 25 GB amount that the company already offers.

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