In yesterday’s press release Microsoft announced quietly a revamped version of their sky Drive service. I say ‘quietly’, because it was buried in a press release about Office 365. SkyDrive is Microsoft’s personal cloud storage service. Apparently, Microsoft listened to their user’s feedback because they will now be introducing a more “app-centric” version of SkyDrive. It will be a lot easier to share documents and other files with people even if they are not belonging to the Windows live network.
SkyDrive is a key Microsoft product, despite not having been noticed a lot in the past years. It offers cloud storage that can be tied closely with other Microsoft software products. Let’s have a look at what the recent changes are:
A more app centric view
We get more used to work with apps thanks to the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007. We want things to be available with only a couple of clicks and also files need to be easily shareable among programs and users. With the new SkyDrive it is going to be easy to share your files on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Obviously, you can determine individually if you want your files to be publicly visible.
Easier file management
Previously, it has been a pain to organize files within SkyDrive. Now, you can manage files in SkyDrive a lot faster. Common tasks, such as folder creation and renaming are going to be as intuitive as they are on Windows. You can organize your files and photos with a right-click and select the option you want.
HTML5 and CSS3 support
HTML5 and CSS3 are the most up-to-date browser techniques to display modern user interfaces online. They enable the user to perform drag-and-drop actions within the browser, for example Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Another great improvement is the ability to continue working on your files while uploading other data.
According to Microsoft photo slideshows are now a lot faster and easier to navigate. Probably, it is also more interesting for photographers because SkyDDrive now supports other file types such as PDF and RAW.
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