Many would have been familiar with Microsoft Live offerings such as Hotmail, Messenger and etc. Recently, Microsoft have released another much anticipated service, Windows Live SkyDrive!
So what exactly is skydrive? Skydrive offers consumers 5 GB of free online storage, which equates to approximately 30,000 Microsoft Office documents of average size or 30,000 digital photos at a resolution of 1200x1200. However, there is a 50MB limit on each file uploaded.
Initially, SkyDrive was available with a 1 GB storage limit in the United States, United Kingdom and India only. Recently in the release of its final service offering, Microsoft opened up SkyDrive to 35 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Korea Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.
The good news to those in south east asia is "MICROSOFT SKYDRIVE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN SE-ASIA", starting last week, with a 5GB offering! What's more? There's also a SDK accompanied with it.
To register for your free account, simply go to http://skydrive.live.com and click on "Get Started", which would bring you to the following login screen.
After successfully using your Windows Live ID to sign in, you would see the following page. Basically, what SkyDrive allows you to do is to upload and share documents between public, friends and yourself.
You can upload documents that
- only you can see (Personal Folders)
- only friends can see (Shared Folders), however your friends would have to have a Windows Live ID
- everyone can see (Public Folders)
If you're a developer, you might be interested in the SkyDrive Viewer in C# at http://www.codeplex.com/SkyDriveViewer.