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SkyDrive storage limit changing from 25GB to 7GB (learn how to avoid the slash)

With Windows 8 almost ready for its release, Microsoft is also preparing SkyDrive, the cloud storage service, to play a big role in the Windows ecosystem. Today, the software giant is launching a preview of SkyDrive for Windows desktops if you are running Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista, and it has even launched a preview for Mac OS X Lion.

SkyDrive is now easier to use. When using the new apps, all the files will sync automatically to the cloud, which means that changes you make in documents from your mobile phone will automatically appear in your other devices configured for the service.

The company is announcing several new improvements and changes. Among the new changes, Microsoft announced that the SkyDrive storage limit is changing from 25GB to 7GB for new users. However, for users that have been loyal to the service, the software giant will allow them to keep the 25GB; the catch is that this is an opt-in process, and it is available for a limited time — so you better act now!

Take a look at what is available in Microsoft’s cloud storage service:

  • SkyDrive for Windows desktop (preview available now): View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
  • Fetching files through Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the SkyDrive app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them.
  • SkyDrive for other devices: Improved apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices.

Additionally, Microsoft started offering new storage plans for those who need additional space and this is what is now available:

  • SkyDrive Free: Cost $0 will get you 7GB.
  • SkyDrive+20: Cost $10/year will add an extra 20GB to your already free storage — 27GB total.
  • SkyDrive+50: Cost $25/year will add an extra 50GB to your already free storage — 57GB total.
  • SkyDrive+100: Cost $50/year will add an extra 100GB to your already free storage — 107GB total.

If you’ve been using the service for a while now and you want to avoid the SkyDrive storage limit of only 7GB, you’ll need to sign in to your Windows Live account, then you’ll notice a banner that reads: “SkyDrive’s free storage is changing — claim your free 25GB”.

SkyDrive Changing

Click on the link, which it will take you to the Manage Storage page, there you’ll find the new Storage plans, under the SkyDrive Free, just click the Free upgrade button and that’s all there is to it.

SkyDrive Free Upgrade

Also, the company explained that 7GB of storage should be more than enough for the majority of users (99.94%). This is more that 2GB offered by DropBox — but don’t forget that you can get more free space — and more than the rumors around the Internet about Google offering 5GB for its soon to be released cloud storage service.

Plus, users now have the ability to upload larger files of up to 2GB in size and folders using the app, either for Windows or Mac.

The new preview SkyDrive apps are available for download now at Once you download and install the app on your machine — for Windows users, the default path will be C:\Users\user-name\SkyDrive –, all files and folders will be automatically synced to the cloud storage service and across devices that you have configured with the service.

This is an improvement to how Windows Live Mesh works, where users needed to configure a folder, which was the only place available to sync files to the cloud.

The only strange thing is that there isn’t an app for Android users, and there is no word of whether one will be coming in the near future. 

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].