New Windows Live SkyDrive

My first thoughts … It’s about time!

For quite some time I have felt like the Hotmail / Live Services team have not been maximizing the use of SkyDrive functionality. I really like the online Hotmail interface and prefer it to Google’s Gmail (I’ll be interested to hear what people think of the two), but Gmail does have a couple of things on Hotmail.

This improvement goes quite a way to make my Live Services that much better. Having been “in the Microsoft camp” for such a long time, the current strategy seems familiar, i.e. evolve the ecosystem, not just the technology. It probably has become a priority to evolve these services with the advent of Windows 8, and Windows Phone 7 “Mango” on the horizon. Foley certainly thinks so in her article here:

Check out the video below:

Improvements of the SkyDrive Service Demonstration


What new and interesting things will come of these new services? – Couple months back I wrote an entry titled “Where is you data stored?”, I think this becomes even more of a consideration as these services become more user friendly. It’s super easy to consider the Cloud as an accessible and low cost backup system for your personal and maybe even your work files … I think we need to be aware of the fact that there are repercussions to this

Anyways, enough doom and gloom – Enjoy the improvements to the service!

– Cheers

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2 comments on “New Windows Live SkyDrive
  1. haveworld says:

    There should be an official supported way to map as network drive. That would be very useful.

    • I had done some reading on this at one point. I believe tat at the time I walked away from the various readings thinking that Microsoft wasn’t willing to “officially” support the cost of supporting the network and bandwidth infrastructure that would arise from the popularity that the service would gain should the company provide such a tool (at the time).

      Now it seems like that market is really heating up, Google Docs and other services like Google Connect that plug directly into your Microsoft Office Suite, Apple’s upcoming iCloud and the whole integrated Phone + Services offerings I think is pushing companies in this space to support richer functionality. We’ll see where it goes.

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