All posts tagged SkyDrive hits 10 million users, Skydrive gets updated

Since we launched the preview two weeks ago, we have been truly humbled by the reception. We’ve received hundreds of great comments, participated in thousands of threads on @reddit, @gizmodo, @neowin and are excited to share that, as of today, more than 10 million people have signed up and started using

Today, we’re updating SkyDrive with a new, more modern web design, refined SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs, a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings. While there’s always more to do to improve our products, these updates bring SkyDrive out of preview and ready for a billion users – in time for the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new, and the new Office.

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Skydrive gets the Metro treatment

Microsoft not only rolled out today but they have also updated SkyDrive to bring it to visual parity of the company’s other properties. The UI change is a dramatic, but familiar, overhaul of the service and none of the core functionality has changed. 

You can see the changes in the images above (and below) but in terms of new features, this appears to mostly be a re-skinning of the cloud service. With the new UI comes a few tweaks to the menu layouts but when compared to the overhaul that received, this is a minor update for the SkyDrive service.

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SkyDrive adds app-centric sharing for Office, HTML5 upload and more

In a posting on the Windows Live Blog, the team have announced a bumper update to the SkyDrive service that will start to roll out to end-users in the next couple of hours.

One of the new features is adding more options for sharing files. The new SkyDrive allows people to share items simply by putting in a person’s email address from your address book, including your lists from Facebook, LinkedIn and others. You can also create a URL link to your SkyDrive files that could be set to private viewing only, viewing and editing if you want the person to edit that item or a Public link that let’s everyone check out that file.

How to map SkyDrive to a network drive

Tip of the day based on the recent SkyDrive update.

  • In IE go to and login using your Live ID
  • Go to SkyDrive -> My Files and note the CID in the browser
  • In Windows 7 open Windows Explorer, and select Map Network Drive
  • Enter the following \\\XXXXX (replace XXXXX with CID from above)

Introducing SkyDrive for the modern web

As officials have been hinting in recent weeks, Microsoft has relaunched and updated its Windows Live SkyDrive cloud storage service.

Microsoft is altering the SkyDrive user interface so that it is easier and quicker for users to see exactly what they’ve stored and how to access their files, photos and documents.

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Office is now live on SkyDrive!

Over the last few months, we’ve gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview.  We’ve been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps on SkyDrive are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. We’ll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser.

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Your Office Live Workspace is soon upgrading to Windows Live SkyDrive

Your Office Live Workspace account will soon be upgraded to become a Windows Live SkyDrive account.

In an effort to improve and simplify the customer experience for our Live services, we’ve made the decision to integrate Office Live Workspace with Windows Live SkyDrive into one set of services.

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SkyDrive to become the center stage of Windows Live?

With the recent series of updates to Windows Live’s web services (Calendar, Hotmail, Photos, SkyDrive and more), we’re seeing a tip of the iceberg of what’s to come with Windows Live Wave 4 (in fact, we know this because all of the web services have been updated to v15). However, these are no way reflective of what Wave 4 is all about and the recent updates seemed more to simply address what customers wanted with Windows Live. So if this is not it, what are we to expect for the future of Windows Live?

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