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New SkyDrive Almost Ready To Fly

There is a new version of the free Microsoft Web storage service, SkyDrive, that is almost ready for duty. The update has been in preview (which is one of many words Microsoft uses when it should just say beta) for a while.

Here's what's new: The service, in keeping with Windows 8 and what Microsoft is looking to do with all its cloud/Live services, will get the "modern" look found in Windows 8's new interface.

Also, instead of 25 GB of free storage, which is amazing generous, you only get 7 GB, which is only remarkably generous (at least on the surface). Here's the hook: It is easier to run out of 7 GB, leading you to buy the premium service at $50 a year for 100 GB.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/17/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Aug 17, 2012 Steve Staunton, Il

Microsoft should stay at the 25 GB mark and then charge accordingly for more, and for home users, selling thrm a 100GB or more should be done by the month, and those who can afford it offer a discount to pay it annually. That way everyone is covered.

Fri, Aug 17, 2012 Don T Seattle

Everyone is charging for premium storage space. It does take people and hardware to manage and backup your precious data, but the question is how much is it really worth? I had a failed hard drive and a quote of $1,800 dollars to recover the information; a $100 recovery program worked this time. It would have been cheaper to buy a new system and re-sync the data. If we move to tablets with SSD drives of a 64gb and store the rest in the cloud; what’s a fair price, what’s the guaranty, what about inheritance in case of death, what’s bandwidth limitations? We are just starting to explorer the internet as an extension of our home offices and there are still many more questions than answers right now. I love my desktop; more memory, a higher performance graphics card, better cooling, more attached storage, multiple large displays without docking pains, more keyboard choices, pressure sensitive graphics tablet support. I do love my desktop, but the general population seems destined to use portable tablet devices in an always connected cloud environment. So what does that world look like in 2014?

Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Sugar sync already provides superior features to skydrive.

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