Microsoft Gives SkyDrive a Modernized Makeover

Paul Lilly

Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive cloud service with a fresh coat of paint, modern digs, and taught it all new dance moves on the Web and desktop, the company announced today. now features instant search, a contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting, though those aren't the only improvements Microsoft made to its cloud service.

The Redmond software giant said it made "tons of bugs and performance improvements under the hood," which among other things will result in faster uploads. There's a new SkyDrive app for Android that lets mobile users access, upload, and share files from their Android devices, and Microsoft also made improvements to its SkyDrive API for developers.

"With these updates and continued improvements to our back-end infrastructure, we’re excited to leave preview and unlock new possibilities for a billion customers with the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Office, and tons of devices and apps that connect to SkyDrive," Microsoft stated in a Windows Team blog post.

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