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Most of us get 7GB of free cloud storage space on SkyDrive with a free Microsoft account, which includes free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It’s frankly a pretty good deal, but Microsoft is hooking up college students with a slightly better one. College students can get free 3GB of additional SkyDrive storage for a year. All they have to do is enter their .EDU email address at Sky Drive for Students to verify that they’re in school, and they’ll suddenly have 10GB of total free storage. Once that year expires, college students will apparently be back to... Read more...
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... Read more...
Google’s various free cloud services are tremendous in terms of what you get for what you pay, but now the deal is getting even better. The company announced today that it will unify storage between Drive, Gmail, and Google+, which both gives users a shared pool of storage that they can distribute among those services as they fit and also integrates those services even deeper with each other than they were before. Now, it doesn’t matter if your Gmail account is sparse and your Google+ page is loaded with photos--your 15GB of storage is your 15GB, no matter where you’re using it.... Read more...
Microsoft announced a new milestone for its online storage service today: SkyDrive now has more than 250 million users. The company is pointing to Windows 8, which launched in the second half of 2012, as playing a key role in the recent rush of user signups. Microsoft took the opportunity to highlight important changes, such as better uploading speeds, a revamped iOS app, and making SkyDrive the default save location for Microsoft Office. Microsoft released a timeline of SkyDrive's evolution. Image Credit: Microsoft Although 250 million users is noteworthy, there’s plenty of room to grow:... Read more...
Extra security is always nice, isn't it? Particularly in a world where cyber attacks are becoming all the more common. These days, it feels like every major cloud service provider is either offering a two-factor authentication protocol, or planning to. Following the likes of Google and Apple, Microsoft is now rolling two-step login procedures out to select online accounts. Over the next few days, a "major upgrade" to Microsoft's account will roll out, and the most important addition is the inclusion of optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure. Everything from your Windows... Read more...
With Box.net, Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud already securing a huge chunk of the consumer cloud storage market place, Microsoft's SkyDrive sometimes feels like the guy in the back of the room. Of course, adding multi-platform capabilities to it could help it better rival things like Drive and Dropbox, but the company's clearly aiming to make it a flagship product for its own software first. Back in October, Microsoft released SkyDrive for Windows and Windows RT, and starting this week, the SkyDrive app from the Windows Store will start showing you notifications on the live tile when you add... Read more...
In keeping with its strategy to unify all screens in its product ecosystem, Microsoft has added a SkyDrive app to the Xbox 360 that allows you to see, interact with, upload, and share your SkyDrive photos and videos in the living room. You can pull up your SkyDrive media and easily show images or video from an event (bringing the living room vacation pictures slideshow, begrudgingly endured by friends and family for decades, full circle), snap a picture and see it appear in your SkyDrive camera roll, and so on. The app also supports Kinect voice controls and gestures, which is a nice touch. To... Read more...
Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage service is now available from Android smartphones and tablets. And it already supported iPhones, iPads, and Macs. All this means that you don’t need to use a Windows-based system to manage your SkyDrive files. Heck, you can even edit Office documents on your SkyDrive folder with the free Office Web Apps Preview. If you’re starting to feel like you’re seeing a new side of Microsoft, you’re not alone. From the portable Surface and social network-savvy Windows 8 to cross-platform cloud services, Microsoft is working hard to... Read more...
Just because you're in love with your iPad, doesn't mean you have to turn the cold shoulder on Microsoft's cloud offerings. The company's SkyDrive for iPad app has just been refreshed in a major way, bringing support for the new iPad's Retina display resolution. That's obviously a boon for those using their iPad for productivity, and considering that SkyDrive also enables users to look at images and documents from the app itself, the higher-res support now seems even more impossible-to-live-without. Other new features include the ability to upload numerous images and videos into the cloud, as well... Read more...
If there's one company beyond Nokia that seems dead-set on supporting Windows Phone as a platform, it's Samsung. Just after launching the Focus 2 for AT&T, now Samsung is introducing the Omnia M, a sleek looking slate-style phone that'll ship first in Europe before bringing more of Microsoft's mobile OS to more places. As for specifications, there's a 1GHz processor, 4" Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s ChatON communication service, Samsung AllShare, Music Hub, and access to SkyDrive. There's an HSDPA 7.2Mbps cellular radio, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n module, a 1500mAh battery and microUSB. It'll... Read more...
The new battlefield is in the cloud. There's SkyDrive, iCloud, Amazon's service -- the list goes on and on. Where's HP in this mix? That's a question that the new management must be asking themselves, as a New York Times report suggests that HP will begain offering a "large and powerful cloud computing service similar to Amazon Web Services" within two months time, with their version having a business-oriented slant. Zorawar Singh, HP's senior vice president and general manager of cloud services, said the following: "We’re not just building a cloud for infrastructure. Amazon has the lead... Read more...
These days, there's buzz surrounding Dropbox and Box.net. But in reality, there are plenty of other services out there that offer similar things. Microsoft's SkyDrive has continually been one of the best on paper, but it has yet to reach critical mass in terms of buzz. But now, with the help of one key integration ingredient, that may be changing. Microsoft has just tweaked SkyDrive's API this week, which allows third-party Windows Phone apps to have full access to SkyDrive. That means that applications not even created by Microsoft can upload / share images and other multimedia to SkyDrive. Microsoft... Read more...
Ah, the cloud. The wonderful, wonderful cloud. It's so big, so mysterious. And these days, it's a bandwagon that's worth jumping on. Google Music, iCloud, and now, SkyDrive. Granted, SkyDrive as a name has been around longer than those other two, but Microsoft is clearly upping their game in order to keep up with the Joneses. The company's SkyDrive cloud service will allow users to collaborate on Office docs, and share photos, while also allowing folks to access content from anywhere. But the new SkyDrive is bigger, better, and faster, just as you'd expect. Browser modernization has really opened... Read more...
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