image In the anticipation of a cloud base storage offering from Google, today Microsoft issues fresh enhancements to its SkyDrive.

The free service allows Windows, Mac OS X Lion to sync files from the desktop to SkyDrive using a SkyDrive “local” folder. Windows users can even use the free SkyDrive app to drag and drop file for sync’ing with the cloud and the entire files reside on the desktop now can be accessed  via SkyDrive.com.

The SkypeDrive for iOS now inludes a special version for the iPad with full file management and photos, video uploading.

  • SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
  • Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
  • SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.  
  • SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.

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The amount of free storage has gone down from the enticing 25GB to a reasonable 7GB for new users.

Download and register LiveID at Skydrive.com

[Source MSDN]

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