February 9, 2013
New SkyDrive Features Announced As Cloud Service Passes Billion Document Mark
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Microsoft´s consumer and business cloud storage service SkyDrive is now storing more than one billion files and documents, the Redmond, Washington-based company announced on Friday.
The milestone comes following the launch of the Office 365 Home Premium suite of productivity software last week. According to VentureBeat´s Sean Ludwig, Office 365 saves documents both to a local hard drive and to the SkyDrive cloud storage service, ensuring that each file is automatically backed up.
“That set up has clearly increased SkyDrive usage, along with the growing number of SkyDrive users using Windows 8, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps,” Ludwig said, adding that the milestone provides evidence that Microsoft´s decision to link “the world´s top document software with the cloud is paying off.”
Since Office 365´s launch, “we´ve seen a lot of enthusiasm over the seamless integration of SkyDrive for saving and sharing your docs,” Microsoft Group Program Manager Omar Shahine wrote in a blog entry.
He added that the company was “really excited about the feedback we´ve seen around the new version of Office and the deep integration of SkyDrive,” and that in response, the company would be rolling out “a new feature in SkyDrive and the Office Web Apps that allows a more seamless sharing and editing experience for our customers.”
The new feature will allow users to share and edit documents without logging in using the Microsoft account information, Computerworld reporter Lucas Mearian explained on Friday.
The company will now give users of their service an edit link that will make it possible for anyone to access a document at the same time — a feature similar to those offered by other cloud storage services such as Dropbox, he added.
While SkyDrive “may still be considered an infant in the cloud service race, the company is poised to continually improve the service with new features“¦ proving that the service is constantly growing and catching up in popularity,” Slashgear´s Craig Lloyd said.
“Microsoft says the new feature is actually from requests from many users who were begging the company to include more lax sharing options. Students were actually the largest from the group who requested the feature, saying that they were wanting to share documents with other users that didn´t have Microsoft accounts,” he added.
In other Microsoft news, Ars Technica reports that the company´s Surface Pro tablet computer will be released in the US and Canada on Saturday. The company was planning a launch event in New York City to commemorate the launch, but was forced to cancel due to the threat of Winter Storm Nemo.