Microsoft looks to integrate cloud-based SkyDrive with Windows 8

Karrie Kehoe News
22 Feb, 2012

Microsoft set to transform SkyDrive into ‘Device Cloud

SkyDrive is due to enter into a new realm of user friendly functionality as a ‘Device Cloud’ app. Plans are afoot for the storage based solution to become more intricately weaved into Microsoft 8, improving usability.

The news was announced earlier this week on the Building Windows 8 blog by Mike Torres and Omar Shahine, group programme managers at SkyDrive.

The developers detailed their plans to evolve SkyDrive into a ‘device cloud’ for Microsoft customers, by commenting that they intended to develop a “fast, fluid, touch-first version of SkyDrive that makes it quick, easy and even fun to browse and access your files.”

The plan is to ‘seamlessly connect’ SkyDrive into Windows 8, allowing users to easily access files from any device acting as a remote service. This will be achieved by SkyDrive becoming available for use from any Metro style way by way of the file picker and the new Share Charm in Windows 8.

The developers commented that, “rather than using a patchwork of services, people can use one service to connect to their files – with no compromises.” They added that, “given our goal to be the world’s hard drive, we will need to continue to build out the service, and you can expect our pace of improvements to continue through 2012.”

The move means by integrating SkyDrive into a conventional Windows Desktop, users will be able to connect to files from other desktops running SkyDrive, by method of a drag-and-drop they also will be able to keep the contents of their folders synchronised in the same manner in which DropBox functions.

The app will be compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7 but won’t be available for Windows XP users. 

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