Here comes the competitive news who are eager to try the best on the cloud computing act, and Microsoft is all set its sight on Dropbox with its SkyDrive service that syncs files and folders between cloud storage and the local machine. According to the MSDN blog post, hard work was going into improving SkyDrive over the course of the past couple of months, and now, a preview version of SkyDrive desktop client has been pushed out, along with some plethora of improvements to existing services.
These features will help SkyDrive compete against Dropbox, the Web-based file hosting service that doesn’t have some of the synching features of the new SkyDrive client. The SkyDrive Metro style app has been around since the Redmond-based outfit released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but this preview of SkyDrive for Windows includes “fetch” support, and makes SkyDrive accessible from Windows Explorer on machines running Windows 8, Windows 7, and indeed Windows Vista, meaning that files stored upto 2GB can be dragged and dropped into and out of SkyDrive client.
The management features of Windows Explorer work with SkyDrive files and folders, and applications that need to work with folders can be tap folders stored in SkyDrive. As an iPhone-owning Windows user, I downloaded the respective SkyDrive clients, and sought to test just how synchronized and streamlined the new service is in practice. After all, Microsoft claims fetching files through SkyDrive.com is something that can be achieved with ease, and with such a huge emphasis on this service in the big move towards Windows 8.
If you doesn’t have a Windows Live ID, create one now simply by sign up with and after a couple of minutes, you signed simultaneously into the desktop and iOS versions of SkyDrive. With 7GB of free storage before one needs to pay, it’s slightly more real estate than offered by rivals, although it’s by no means overly generous, and if you’re a cloud storage power user, you’re going to need quite a bit more.
It creates a folder on the device and syncs it continually as users make changes. If a file is deleted from SkyDrive.com, it is also deleted from the folder. If a file is created on the device, it appears in the folder.
This sharing can be made less obvious by adding SkyDrive Documents to local Documents folders or image files from SkyDrive Pictures to the local Pictures folder. The SkyDrive application can also be used for remote access to a PC. Users log in to SkyDrive.com, perform a second authentication and gain access to the remote machine. The second authentication factor can be sent either to an alternate email address or to a mobile phone that must be in the user’s possession.
The client is available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as Windows phones and iPhones, but not Android smartphones. A new app for iPads is also available.
Check this : SkyDrive comes with 7GB of free storage, and more can be bought at annual rates of $10 for 20GB, $25 for 50GB and $50 for 100GB, which compares well to Dropbox where 50GB costs $120 per year.
This new version of SkyDrive supports managing the service from Finder on Mac OS X devices, so any application that uses the file system can access SkyDrive as well.
Both the Windows edition and a preview for Mac versions can now be downloaded along with the mobile apps via links given below, though the software maker is really pushing ahead with progress at just the right time.