SkyDrive and Windows 8: Files, apps and devices integration in the Cloud

With a few days left before the much awaited Consumer Preview release, Microsoft, on their latest Windows 8 blog, showcase another feature on how our apps, files and documents can be accessed across Windows 8 PCs and phones. The software giant has made a big leap in improving its Cloud service we know as SkyDrive. This service exists as part of the Windows Live. With Windows 8, SkyDrive team will be focusing on the personal needs of the people using the service. The Windows Team has detailed major goals in developing the SkyDrive for Windows 8:

  • SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8
  • SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and
  • The ability to fetch remote files through

SkyDrive as a Metro-style app for Windows 8

SkyDrive will now be having a dedicated app in Windows 8, which according to Microsoft, will be included (as an early version) in the Consumer Preview. The Metro-style app of SkyDrive will serve as a file/photo picker across all Metro-style apps that requires the service and this will also be available via access in Share Charm and contracts.

SkyDrive Metro-style app

SkyDrive app will also be available via Share Charm and Contracts

SkyDrive on the desktop

The service will also be available on the desktop through Windows Explorer. Files and photos can be easily manage using the desktop app. Like the other apps on the desktop, users can easily drag and drop chosen files to their desired locations even offline.

SkyDrive on the desktop

SkyDrive can be easily accessed through Windows Explorer

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With the SkyDrive website, user can create his own private cloud. Files uploaded from and to SkyDrive Metro and desktop apps, can be accessed in the SkyDrive website. Most users are hesitant to use the cloud service for some security reasons. The team carefully considered this that’s why they introduce another layer of protection to make sure that files shared in the cloud will be safe and secure.

Here is the video from the Windows 8 Blog. You can read the full article here.