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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