SkyDrive Updates

SkyDrive recently announced some changes and updates that may be of interest to the La Salle community:

Decreased Storage Limit

Skydrive has decreased its amount of free storage from 25GB down to 7GB. However, for a limited time, existing SkyDrive users can keep the 25GB you currently have with just the click of a few buttons. In order to be eligible for this free upgrade, you must have uploaded files to SkyDrive as of April 22.

To claim your free storage, log into your SkyDrive account and click the link to “claim your free 25GB” which is located along the top of the screen (a screen shot is below).

Screenshot of storage increase link

Then, click the “Free Upgrade” button to confirm your upgrade and you should see your amount of storage increase back to 25GB. If 25GB is not enough space, SkyDrive now allows you to increase your storage for a yearly subscription.

For more information about how to log into your SkyDrive account, check out this tutorial.

SkyDrive Apps

SkyDrive has launched new desktop apps that allow you to more easily sync files between your computers, smartphones, and your online SkyDrive files. The apps work similarly to Dropbox in that it creates a desktop SkyDrive folder so that, when you add, change, or delete files on one computer, all of the other locations where you access your SkyDrive files will also be updated.

The apps are currently available for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well as for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion).

Their iOS app has also improved and  is now available for the iPad in addition to the iPhone. The updated app allows you to share your SkyDrive files with other apps on your device. You can also use the app to share your files with others, manage the file permissions, and move and delete files.

We’ll keep you updated on this blog as Microsoft continues to add features and updates to SkyDrive so that you can make the most of this tool.

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