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Microsoft rolls out updates for SkyDrive

On the heels of its rollout, Microsoft has unveiled several updates to its SkyDrive cloud storage service.

According to a company blog entry, Web client has been given a new, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers, complete with instant search, a contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organisation, and HTML5 sorting. SkyDrive's revamped website, which will roll out over the next day, closely resembles the Windows 8 app, after which it was modeled.

With the integrated instant search option, users can quickly look for a file anywhere in SkyDrive, including various Office platforms.

Based on user feedback, Microsoft updated its sorting feature, now offering "sort by" options like name, date modified, date created, and size, as well as ascending or descending within each category.

Meanwhile, Skydrive for Windows and OS X will now provide faster uploads, with the help of under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Users can expect the PC update to hit their machine sometime in the next week. The Windows team also added more storage for app developers working with SkyDrive API.

Additionally, Android users can soon upload and share data from their mobile phones,with the new SkyDrive for Android app. It will available for download within a few weeks and joins the Windows Phone and iOS versions.

"With these updates and continued improvements to our back-end infrastructure, we're excited to leave preview and unlock new possibilities," group program managers Omar Shahine and Mike Torres wrote on the blog.

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