Microsoft have updated the web version of its storage service SkyDrive. The new features on SkyDrive.com include support for new file types, editing features and new sharing options. SkyDrive.com now supports high DPI displays, so if your display supports it SkyDrive will show higher resolutions photos and thumbnails. Animated GIFs are supported so you can get your funny(ish) gifs uploaded and saved in Skydrive. The photo manager in Skydrive has some new features; you can now rotate photos manually and you can filter photos by specific folders.
Sharing has got an overhaul in SkyDrive, previously you could either share a file or a folder but now can share individual groups of files from anywhere in Skydrive. Plus there is a new view where you can see what you have shared with whom.
It’s good to see Microsoft keep adding features to SkyDrive.com, I don’t seem to have the changes yet but they are supposed to be rolling out the updates now.
More details on the SkyDrive blog.
With SkyDrive, we aim to create the best experience for people who use Windows – just last week we shared details about “placeholder files” in Windows 8.1. But we also know a lot of people like to get to their SkyDrive files via SkyDrive.com. Today we’re releasing a set of new features that make SkyDrive.com an even better place to store your most precious digital memories – with support for more file types, new editing features, more ways to share with anyone, and added controls over what you’ve shared. Oh, and one more little surprise for the power users out there (more on this later).
Bringing more photo capabilities to the web
We’ve had native support for RAW camera files in SkyDrive for quite some time – letting photographers use SkyDrive to store and share the best quality photos they can. But while there are powerful cameras that can capture RAW images, we’re also seeing the cameras in phones becoming more capable at taking incredible images too. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its amazing 41 megapixel camera demonstrates just how amazing the cameras in phones can be. The screens for viewing photos are getting better too – especially high DPI screens like the ClearType Full HD and Retina displays. So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet).
We also decided to look at other photo file types and give some of our old friends an update as well. If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif“) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory!
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.