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Microsoft reports SkyDrive usage has doubled in the past six months

15 Nov 2012
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Microsoft has claimed that use of its cloud storage services SkyDrive, which competes against the likes of Dropbox, has doubled its usage over the past six months.

The increase in usage may be attributed to the rise in Windows 8 devices in the market. As SkyDrive usage has doubled Microsoft has also begun to roll out new features and apps for its cloud storage platform.

"We're both humbled and excited by this pace of growth. While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you've also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device," said Microsoft's group manager for SkyDrive Apps Mike Torres.

"So today, we're releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer."

Skydrive's new update allows users to select only specific files to sync on a Windows desktop or Mac computer. The update also brings Facebook, email, and Twitter integration to Microsoft's cloud.

The cloud storage services new updates look to improve upon the services ability to sync files with a variety of device. Now users will be able to pick and choose which SkyDrive folders and subfolders to sync on a device.

Microsoft says the new feature will be useful for users who are working on devices with finite amounts of storage space.

Users will also now be able to sync files from SkyDrive directly to emails, Twitter, and Facebook using the new functionality. Microsoft has brought a new drop down menu to SkyDrive tailored for social media sharing.

Android and Windows Phone users can expect a SkyDrive update as well. The mobile SkyDrive apps will now be able to upload files directly from an SD card.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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