Today Microsoft posted another bit of the upcoming Windows 8 features. Today we are talking about the SkyDrive app for Windows 8.
Delivering personal cloud storage for billions of people
is Microsoft´s goal. Microsoft stores at this time already 10 petabytes of user data, used by 17 million of SkyDrive customers. With the availability of Windows 8 this numbers will even increase.
So what is this all about?
Enter the new SkyDrive app. With the SkyDrive app, an early version of which will be available at Consumer Preview, we focused on two things: 1) designing a fast, fluid, touch-first version of SkyDrive that makes it quick, easy, and even fun to browse and access your files, and 2) making your SkyDrive available for use from any Metro style app via the file picker (open/save) and the new Share charm in Windows 8.
The new SkyDrive app will be able to use some of Windows 8 advantages like the sharing function on your pc/tablet. Here are some preview shots:
I have to admit, I love it! But the nice look is not all to that: SkyDrive will be available through the whole system – and through other apps:
- as file picker from any app you will be able to open/save files on your SkyDrive
- if a developer enables it, your data could be stored to SkyDrive automatically
- content files (e.g. documents) could save directly to your SkyDrive
- SkyDrive will enable you to share your files without adding attachments
The experience is said to be like on your local hard drive.
There is also a desktop part of SkyDrive in Windows 8, which underlines this experience:
And at least you will still be able to use it through SkyDrive.com. If you are working on SkyDrive.com, you will get the same user experience in Metro as in the app.
Another nice feature will be a remote access your PC through SkyDrive. This feature is secured by a token you will get by SMS to access your PC. This will look like this:
Microsoft said this is just the beginning, and we all be experiencing this over the next month.
You can read the full article at Microsoft´s Building Windows 8 Blog.
Stay tuned, as we sure will get more bits over the next few days!