Windows Live SkyDrive, the free storage service from Microsoft, is on the way to offer unlimited storage space for photos and documents in the Cloud — how about that?
As reported by Liveside.net, SkyDrive is a big deal for Microsoft in the future of Windows and Windows Phone. Moving forward to meet with the demand of Cloud services, the software maker, according to the article, is about to change the upload limit to unlimited for photos and documents. This doesn’t mean the 25GB limit will go away, the storage limit will still there, but only will apply for other types of files that users may upload, e.g., movies, music, etc. Microsoft is supposed to release this boost in SkyDrive Wave 5 upgrade for Windows Live.
Here is how it works in summary:
“Unlimited storage space for all Office documents Unlimited storage space for all photos 25 GB of free storage for everything else”
Microsoft has been consistently adding more storage space to allow users to upload more data. When SkyDrive first launched in 2007, it only offered 500MB of free storage. Today this may look like nothing, but back then was enough for users. Then in 2008 the cap was increased to 5GB, and in November 2008, SkyDrive capacity was increased once again to 25GB, which still the same today with some other features that were added during the past years. This is more than what Google offers for free across their Cloud services and a lot more that Dropbox’s 2GB.
Another important thing to note is that Microsoft is not only focusing this storage service to only Windows platform, they are also currently developing a native clients for Windows and Windows Phone 7, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
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Right now SkyDrive is offering service to over 70 million users and each day is gaining more popularity, but serving unlimited storage for FREE is a challenge, it may take some time before Microsoft is ready for the masses. However, hopes still up as Microsoft has to move quickly, as Google might introduce some similar storage service and other Cloud storage companies, such as Dropbox are gaining fast market in the daily basis.