The sharing options and management features of the SkyDrive cloud service was enhanced for Windows Phone and iOS smartphones with the latest update. Even as a new preview client for the Mac OS X Lion was added into the SkyDrive cloud service, support for the Android OS was not included.
The release of the update for the cloud service of Microsoft has raised some eyebrows especially after the recent launch of the Google Drive and the upcoming launch of the cloud service of Sony and Samsung. Microsoft will reportedly give 7GB of free storage for users who use the SkyDrive cloud service app, which is considered enough for most people who want to store their Office files and share images for a number of years.
Users can also upload files with a maximum file size of 2GB. Users who have already signed up for the SkyDrive cloud service will be able to use 35GB of free storage. The users who signed up prior to April 22 will get free storage space of 25GB while new users will be limited to the 7GB free storage but have the option to purchase additional space at different rates.
New users can add 20GB, 50GB and 100GB into their SkyDrive cloud service accounts at an annual fee of $10, $25, and $50 respectively. The preview version for the SkyDrive application for Windows became available last April 23. This is the local version of the SkyDrive client.
The SkyDrive application for Windows will allow users to store files into a SkyDrive folder on their Windows PC and it is automatically synched with Macs, PCs and the SkyDrive cloud service.