Microsoft Announces Updates to SkyDrive Apps for Windows and Mac

Pulkit Chandna

Microsoft has begun the process of updating the SkyDrive apps for Windows and Mac that it launched last month, the company announced Wednesday. Expected to take a week or so to reach everyone, these updates to the preview versions of SkyDrive for Windows and Mac feature a number of improvements and bug fixes.

It’s no coincidence that Microsoft has begun rolling out the update just ahead of Windows 8 Release Preview’s arrival during the first week of June. According to a blog post by Mike Torres , Group Manager for SkyDrive Apps at Microsoft, SkyDrive for Windows is integral to a “cool” feature in the Release Preview: “Right from the Photos app in Windows 8, you can fetch photos stored on your other PCs that have SkyDrive installed – no matter where you are or how many terabytes of photos you have stored on the PC you are accessing. We’ll have more to say about this shortly, so stay tuned.”

But that’s not all. Here are a few other improvements Torres announced in his blog post:

  • SkyDrive for OS X Lion no longer shows an app icon in the dock when running. We’ve definitely heard the feedback that it wasn’t necessary.
  • Your SkyDrive folder now updates more quickly and reliably when changes are made on other devices, including SkyDrive.com.
  • The limit on the number of total files in the SkyDrive folder created by the apps has been raised from 150,000 to a whopping 10 million! This should unblock some power users from easily adding lots of files to their SkyDrive folder.
  • We made lots of smaller bug fixes to improve overall reliability.

Last month, Microsoft not only launched SkyDrive apps for Windows and Mac, but it also introduced paid storage plans. These moves are paying rich dividends, if Torres is to be believed.

“It’s been an incredible month since! Our goal was to build a cloud that seamlessly connects your files to the apps and devices you use every day, and we’ve been thrilled with the response so far. In just a few weeks, more people were using SkyDrive apps than have used Mesh. People using SkyDrive for Windows or Mac are now our most engaged users – syncing files across several devices, sharing with SkyDrive.com, and working together with Office Web Apps.”

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