Microsoft Unveils Updated Skydrive; Watch Out Dropbox!

Microsoft has announced the general availability of a desktop version of Skydrive which can be downloaded now and is the company's attempt to steal Google's thunder ahead of the imminent launch of Google Drive.

Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky presented the various options that Skydrive will offer. Other than the usual web-based uploading feature, users will also be able to view and manage their personal SkyDrive from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista via a new preview app that has been rolled out in 106 languages worldwide.

The company also introduced a new cap of 7GB for all new Skydrive users. Existing registered SkyDrive users will get to their 25GB of free storage while getting all the benefits associated with the new service.

Other than the ability to upload large files (up to 2GB) and folders, Microsoft has also announced the availability of SkyDrive for Mac OS X Lion.

Even more interesting is the fact that you cn buy additional storage (20GB, 50GB and 100GB) for $10, $25 and $50 per year respectively with Paypal being offered as one of the paying options.

SkyDrive is also available for Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad but not Android or Linux for now.

Source : MSDN blog