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Microsoft Is Upgrading Its SkyDrive Cloud Services

To keep up with the increasing demand for cloud services, Microsoft has announced an upgrade to its cloud-based web storage service, SkyDrive.

Microsoft revealed its plans to update the four-year-old cloud storage service shortly after Apple announced its new online storage and content streaming service iCloud this month, ZD Net reports.

"Browser modernization has really opened up the window for us to rethink and re-architect how we build our websites. SkyDrive has been around since 2007 and was simply not built for the modern Web." Omar Shahine, group program manager at Skydrive explained in a blog post.

SkyDrive, the free cloud-based service which was made available to users in 2007 has a limited yet dedicated userbase. The upgraded version which will be available for download later today boasts of a new user interface, better photo view with mosaic layout, support for HTML5 video tag, hardware acceleration, and easier navigation and several other features.

Microsoft faces tough competition in the cloud space with rival companies like Google and Apple offering cloud services. Apple has also reached agreements with US music labels, combining music streaming with their cloud services, at least in some locations.