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Microsoft Skydrive usage has doubled in the past six months

Cloud storage service will also add features
Fri Nov 16 2012, 09:44
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CLOUD STORAGE SERVICE Skydrive has seen its usage double over the last six months, according to Microsoft.

The increase in usage might be attributed to an increasing number of Windows 8 devices in the market, and Microsoft has begun to roll out new features and apps for its cloud storage service.

"We're both humbled and excited by this pace of growth. While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you've also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device," said Microsoft group manager for Skydrive Apps Mike Torres.

"So today, we're releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer."

The Skydrive update allows users to select only specific files to sync on a Windows desktop or Mac computer. The update also brings Facebook, email, and Twitter integration to Microsoft's cloud.

The cloud storage service's update looks to improve on its ability to sync files with a variety of device. Now users will be able to pick and choose which Skydrive folders and subfolders to sync on a device.

Microsoft points out that the new feature will be useful for users who are working on devices with finite amounts of storage space.

Users will also now be able to sync files from Skydrive directly to emails, Twitter, and Facebook using the new functionality. Microsoft has brought a new dropdown menu to Skydrive tailored for social media sharing.

Android and Windows Phone 8 users can expect a Skydrive update as well, as the mobile Skydrive apps will be able to upload files directly from an SD card. µ


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