Microsoft is updating its cloud storage service, SkyDrive, and transforming it into a more “modern” look, providing a fast and fluid web experience — pretty much the same approach we now see in the new Outlook.com email service unveiled not too long ago –, together with tons of new features. The company is also announcing an improved Windows and OS X SkyDrive integration, as well as a new Android app that will be soon released.
In the new modern SkyDrive you’ll now find:
- SkyDrive.com – New modern design — tile-based — on every device (desktop and tablet), contextual toolbar, instant search, thumbnail multi-select, new HTML5 sorting capability, and drag-&-drop organization.
- Client for Windows desktop and OS X – Improvements in upload speeds, many bugs and performance fixes.
- Android App – Soon Microsoft will release a new app that will let Android users access, upload and share from their phones.
In this update the software giant not only brings Windows 8′s new modern user interface to its cloud storage service, but also many new improvements that make SkyDrive faster and more capable in a number of scenarios, based on user feedback. For example, photo upload has been improved and now delivers higher speeds, and the “looking for changes” state is faster than before — this is when SkyDrive scan your files to figure out what needs to be synced –. The company is rolling out the SkyDrive.com within the next day and the new apps should be rolling out this week.
Finally, the software maker also said that the SkyDrive app for Android will be released in the coming weeks, more details are yet to be announced.