Thursday, August 4, 2011

The new cloud Microsoft’s SkyDrive  committed to be the best place to get access to your content from anywhere, collaborate on Office docs, and share photos. SkyDrive is the service from Microsoft where you will be getting 25GB of space for free and all you need to get that space is a hotmail account or a live mail account. Recently there have been talks about how we’re delivering access to your information seamlessly across devices – starting with Windows Phone.

But a key part to delivering on our goals is having a great web experience that works across platforms. While over 100 million people have tried SkyDrive on the web, we know that there’s a lot more we can do to improve the experience. So, they have launched a new version of the SkyDrive website. They took advantage of modern browsers and HTML5 to make SkyDrive faster, easier to navigate, and more beautiful for viewing photos. The new SkyDrive will be rolling out soon, so check back if you don’t see it right away.
 Focused performance in the following areas:
  • We improved many core tasks and scenarios. For example, clicking folders and navigating photo albums will go from 6-9 seconds down to 100-300 milliseconds, and we took advantage of hardware accelerated graphics to make it fast to click through photo slideshows. We’ll address additional core tasks in the future.
  • We focused on building a site powered by HTML5 so that we could include advancements like HTML5 Video, CSS3, and client rendered experiences, as well as making sure our slide show experience was great in all browsers without any special software.
  • We evaluated and removed anything that slowed the experience down or got in the way of a fast, clean site.

With Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, you can pin SkyDrive to your taskbar for faster access to your files. You can create Word, Excel, or PowerPoint docs stored in the cloud in just one click.

Browser modernization has really opened up the window for us to rethink and re-architect how we build our websites. Whether it’s Hotmail or SkyDrive, taking advantage of the advancements in the browser space is critical to ensuring a fast and fluid experience.

For many of you, this view will seem familiar because they decided to make the navigational elements and layout consistent with Windows. This has a couple of benefits: 1) 1 billion Windows customers will find the site to be familiar and easy to use, and 2) SkyDrive now fills the page, which really showcases your content using as much of the screen as you allow. This means that getting to your stuff will be more predictable and consistent with how you already work.

If you’re wondering what happened to things like your recent docs and your social feed, don’t worry; they’re still there. You can always get to your recent documents under the Quick views entry or by clicking SkyDrive in the header. You can get to your social updates by going to and using the photos and documents filter to get the specific items you’re looking for.

Also the photo and video viewer is improved to a great extent. It’s amazing they just used the technology of CSS3 and HTML5 and crated this improved SkyDrive.The SkyDrive team hopes that you enjoy these improvements. This release represents the beginning of a lot of things they were excited to bring to us, and I am looking forward to shedding more light on those features as they take shape.

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