Windows 8

Claim 25GB from Microsoft on updated SkyDrive

Microsoft has updated SkyDrive to support Windows desktops, OS X and iPad -- but at the same time has revised the storage limit from 25GB to 7GB, unless you claim to reserve the existing 25GB limit.

Users of Microsoft's SkyDrive who signed up when the service offered 25GB of storage will need to log in to their accounts to retain their current 25GB limit, as Redmond has announced a revision of the storage limit for all new users to 7GB.

If users want more than 7GB, they will be able to upgrade to 20GB, 50GB and 100GB for US$10 per year, US$25 per year, and US$50 per year, respectively.


Metro view of SkyDrive in Windows 8
(Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft says that only 0.06 per cent of current users of the service use more than the new 7GB limit, and any current users who are using more than 7GB have been automatically moved to the 25GB limit.

Beyond the change to the storage limit, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive applications would be made available for Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, and an iPad app with support for its Retina Display. SkyDrive is already integrated into Windows 8, and is available as a mobile app for iPhone and Windows Phone.

In other Windows news, Microsoft has today announced that the Windows 8 release preview will be available in the first week of June.

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8 comments
SkyDriveBad
SkyDriveBad

THERE IS NO FREE UPGRADE TO ANYBODY. All of our company employees use GMAIL. So there's no point of using SkyDrive for just 7GB. Google Drive is much easier to use.

Xyberion1K3
Xyberion1K3

I never used SkyDrive. However, I have had a Windows Live (Email, Messenger, ID, etc.) for a number of years. I was able to get the SkyDrive upgrade to 25GB. If you have a Windows Live ID, you should be able to upgrade to a 25GB SkyDrive account, as long as you have had a Live ID before the change took place. For instance, if you sign up for a Live ID today, you will only receive 7GB SkyDrive storage. This all only applies to the free storage option.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Sure beats the 5GB offered by Google. Even 7GB is still better.

billfranke
billfranke

Just like drix-67, when I checked my account a couple of minutes ago, I was given the option to "claim my 25 GB of free storage", so I did, and I now have 25 GB. It appears that khabaal didn't initially sign up for the SkyDrive early enough. I did it as soon as it was announced. That put me into the "loyal user" group, according to MS.

drix-67
drix-67

I just checked and saw that my account had the option to retain my 25GB storage by means of a "free upgrade." I selected it and my account now shows 25GB again. Of course this only applies to accounts that were created back when the 25GB limit was the norm on SkyDrive. You can't create a new account now and expect to get the 25GB of storage, which may be the reason khabaal thought it was too late.

khabaal
khabaal

Checked it this morning and they have already switched it to 7gb.

hometoy
hometoy

It is also much more responsive than it was before, though that may be subjective. The SkyDrive application now synchronizes a /SkyDrive folder with the SkyDrive files main part so it is available by the online applications, unlike the synchronization setup under Live Mesh. One feature I wish it would have, though it may and I just haven't seen any reference to it, is "Sync-over-LAN". That is a quiet killer feature of Dropbox making synchronizing multiple computers in the same LAN sync from each other instead of having to download everything over the Internet lines. When you start getting into the multiple GBs and a slower Internet connection, it is definitely a killer feature.

dbin78
dbin78

Thank you Chris. I do not activly use the service now, but with the new programs I certainly may. Keeping the 25GB may come in very handy.