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Microsoft launches online storage service with SkyDrive

18-August-2007
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Microsoft launches online storage service with SkyDrive

Microsoft Corp has simultaneously released an online storage service ‘Windows Live SkyDrive’, a variety of upgrades to Windows Live Hotmail, and a beta of home.live.com.

With SkyDrive, customers can have anywhere, anytime access to their files and information on the web, as well as options for conveniently sharing it with others.

Jaspreet Bindra, Country Head, MSN India and Windows Live, said, “This is the first time Microsoft has offered sharing and storage in this manner, and we’re excited to roll it out to our customers. We are hoping that this platform would prove to be a way of offering customers a range of services, to meet their storage and file-sharing needs with maximum security.”

The initial beta offers 500 MB of free storage and a customer would be able to store approximately 100 songs, 1,000 office documents and 3,000 digital photos at 1200x1200 resolution. Beta is available in the US, UK and India only.

The official communiqué pointed out that beta is an endeavour to deliver a new and integrated suite approach for the next generation of Windows Live. A beta of the full suite of communications, sharing and online safety services is also expected in the coming weeks.

Also, increased storage limits to five GB for free accounts and 10 GB of storage for subscription-based customers of Windows Live Hotmail Plus are among the other upgrades released.

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