Microsoft have unveiled a new Windows 8 style (don’t call it metro) look to SkyDrive.com. The new look has Windows 8’s look and feel and according to the detailed post on the SkyDrive blog has improved search, sorting, drag and drop and context sensitive toolbar. The desktop apps for Windows and Mac have been updated with improved upload efficiency but you still can’t select which folders you want syncing on which devices which is a shame.
The best news seems to be the addition of an Android version of SkyDrive so now iOS, Windows Phone and Android are all covered. I used to be a Live Mesh user until I switched to Dropbox and while the improvements are nice I will be sticking with Dropbox for now.
Over the past months, we’ve shared our approach to building versatile personal cloud storage that can scale to a billion people. Today, we’re excited to announce the next step towards that vision, and how this brings the SkyDrive desktop apps out of preview:
- SkyDrive.com – New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting
- SkyDrive for Windows desktop & OS X – Faster uploads for people around the world and tons of bug and performance improvements under the hood
- SkyDrive for Android – A new app that lets you access, upload and share from Android phones
- SkyDrive for developers – Apps built using our SkyDrive API can now store or access any type of file in a person’s SkyDrive, plus there’s a new, easy-to-use file picker API for websites (similar to our file picker for Windows 8 apps)
With these updates and continued improvements to our back-end infrastructure, we’re excited to leave preview and unlock new possibilities for a billion customers with the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Office, and tons of devices and apps that connect to SkyDrive.