updated 09:15 am EDT, Fri August 10, 2007
Microsoft today rolled out its new Windows Live SkyDrive service, a major reworking of the company's Live Folders online storage. The revamped site is likened to an Internet hard drive and is meant to remove the complexity associated with these services in the past; users can drag and drop as much as 500MB of files to a SkyDrive web page as though it were part of their own system, Microsoft says. Images now also display thumbnails that eliminate the guesswork in downloads, and any user has access to a list of recently visited public SkyDrives.
The service continues to offer fine-tuned control over online folders and offers both locked-down, private folders as well as public areas that can be shared to varying numbers of users and with the choice of read-only access. SkyDrive is officially in a beta state but is free to use and works with almost any modern operating system and browser, including Mac OS X systems using Safari.