With cloud storage apps taking off and becoming more and more important
in terms of managing our digital lives, Microsoft is making strides to keep SkyDrive up there with Box, Google Drive and Dropbox when it comes to overall functionality. A new post offered up by the company suggests that photos are the most common file type seen in SkyDrive
storage boxes -- both in sheer number and in total storage consumed.
Starting today and rolling out over the next 48 hours, Microsoft
is making it simpler for users to view all of their photos across all of their albums + folders, using a timeline view. In the timeline view you can scroll down to navigate through all the images. They're organized into groups by event and time. Take 20 pictures at a birthday party with your phone, and then a photo of your parking spot at the airport a few hours later? Now they'll appear as two different groups in the timeline. If you want to quickly navigate to a specific month, just click the month name.
Moreover, Microsoft is addressing a common complaint: speed. Sometimes, it takes ages to upload via the SkyDrive desktop app, and to improve that, Microsoft has implemented fixes on both the app and server side. The company is now seeing internal improvements in the 2x-3x range.
Give it a go and let us know if you're seeing the benefits in comments below.