Today Microsoft released the desktop applications for SkyDrive on both Windows and OS X platforms. Of course SkyDrive has been built in to Windows Phone since it’s initial release in September of 2012, but now they’ve also released iOS apps that work on both the iPhone, and iPad.This is fantastic news for anyone seeking a central store for their critical files.
The SkyDrive apps functions identically to the DropBox app that I know and love. I’ve been a huge user of DropBox for several years, despite several security issues. The service however, works amazingly and as a frequent traveler who has two desktops in two physical locations, a laptop a tablet and two mobile phones the convenience of a central document store has been a God send.
My only problem to date with DropBox has been the amount of storage. Years ago I first started out with the free plan of just 2GB of cloud storage. Over the past several years I’ve referred friends and family to up my storage to 8.5GB currently. The storage just hasn’t been enough, and I’m too cheap to actually pay a monthly fee fore more storage.
Queue SkyDrive to the rescue. With the initial release of the app Microsoft is giving early adopters 25GB of free cloud storage to be used across all of their devices, but you better hurry as they are dropping it down to just 7GB soon enough. If you currently have SkyDrive you must log in to http://skydrive.live.com and opt in to keep your 25GB ASAP.
Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Windows, Mac and iOS.