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Microsoft SkyDrive docs can now be edited without signing in

Google Docs, or rather Drive, is no longer the only cloud office suite with significant usage. Microsoft has announced that its SkyDrive service now hosts more than one billion documents.

SkyDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage and syncing service, which ties in with the Office Web apps for online document editing. In a blog post, Sarah Filman, who's the lead program manager for SkyDrive, Office 365 and Office Web Apps, explained a new capability in SkyDrive/Office Web Apps - the ability for collaborators to edit documents without needing to sign into a Microsoft account.

The billion document mark does seem significant, but we haven't seen comparable numbers from the service's main competitor, Google Drive, which undoubtedly can match or exceed that number.

The new sign-in-free editing capability was one of the most requested by users, according to Filman. "One piece of feedback we've consistently heard, especially from students, is that our current SkyDrive edit links can be frustrating for recipients when they find that they need to sign in or sign up for a Microsoft account just to make a quick edit to the document."

Not only can collaborators edit the documents individually, but all the users who receive an edit link can edit the document at the same time. The sharer can still, however, require a collaborator to sign in, if a privacy or security concern necessitates that.