First screenshot leaked for Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5

By LiveSide | Posted May 14, 2011 14 comments

With all the news on Windows Phone and Windows 8 recently, things had been quite quiet on the Windows Live front. But that doesn’t mean the Windows Live teams have been resting. Bits and pieces have surfaced from the recent Windows 8 pre-beta leaks which hints at built-in Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive integration, with cloud roaming capabilities for apps, files and folders, and preferences and settings.

Back in April, we also hinted about an overhaul of the Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5 web interface, which will make it easier for users to manage and search for files and folders stored in the cloud. A sharp-eyed LiveSide reader revanmj recently spotted on the official Office Web Apps blog a screenshot of the new Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5 interface. We believe this screenshot was accidently posted on the blog post, and has since been replaced by the Wave 4 version. Fortunately, the screenshot still remains on the server, as shown below:

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As you can see above, the UI looks nothing like the current Wave 4 version of SkyDrive. In fact, it appears to have a similar interface to Hotmail’s, with a navigation pane on the left allowing you to access various views of your SkyDrive (presumably, “Quick Views” might be there too). The actual content within the folders of your SkyDrive will presumably in the middle, with the menu bar on the top. In fact, LiveSide understands that the new SkyDrive interface will replace both Windows Live Photos (http://photos.live.com) and Office (http://office.live.com), having a single interface to manage both photos and videos as well as Office documents stored on the cloud.

With Windows 8 around the corner being “all in” with the cloud, it would be interesting to see how Windows Live SkyDrive plays a role in this space. In fact, in response to the recent Amazon Cloud Player (and perhaps Google’s new Music Beta service), Mike Torres, Group Program Manager for Windows Live, tweeted the following:

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Perhaps we might see a response to the recent cloud music offerings from Microsoft? Zune on Windows Live anyone?

Posted May 14th, 2011 at 7:39 am
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    oh I hope they connect all the dots in Windows 8, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows Phone 7.5. You can see the potential, they just need to do it! 

    • Anonymous

      Yep, it always seems an update away for Microsoft to finally merge every great product they have into one cohesive experience. In particular the following sentence fills me with hope:

      “In fact, LiveSide understands that the new SkyDrive interface will replace both Windows Live Photos (http://photos.live.com) and Office (http://office.live.com), having a single interface to manage both photos and videos as well as Office documents stored on the cloud.”

      THIS.

      One of my major gripes with MS is the fact that the rest of the tech world seems eager for Apple’s subscription music, or Google’s “G drive”…. Microsoft products, e.g. Zune, have beaten them to it but with no credit- perhaps with a unified storage solution on the web Microsoft could actually be given credit for once!

      If not there’ll always be another wave to look forward to.

    • Chris

      I also hope for integration. Time for the guys at the EU to go to that beach house and enjoy the rest of their golden years.

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    oh I hope they connect all the dots in Windows 8, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows Phone 7.5. You can see the potential, they just need to do it! 

    • northerngeek

      Yep, it always seems an update away for Microsoft to finally merge every great product they have into one cohesive experience. In particular the following sentence fills me with hope:

      “In fact, LiveSide understands that the new SkyDrive interface will replace both Windows Live Photos (http://photos.live.com) and Office (http://office.live.com), having a single interface to manage both photos and videos as well as Office documents stored on the cloud.”

      THIS.

      One of my major gripes with MS is the fact that the rest of the tech world seems eager for Apple’s subscription music, or Google’s “G drive”…. Microsoft products, e.g. Zune, have beaten them to it but with no credit- perhaps with a unified storage solution on the web Microsoft could actually be given credit for once!

      If not there’ll always be another wave to look forward to.

    • Chris

      I also hope for integration. Time for the guys at the EU to go to that beach house and enjoy the rest of their golden years.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Wow! This will be amazing! Hopefully, in Wave 5, they will merge SkyDrive synced storage (5GB) and SkyDrive (25GB) so they’ll be one place for all your files on Windows Live.

    I hope that Hotmail won’t get a complete re-design in Wave 5. I think the current look is amazing and doesn’t need to be updated completely. I also hope Hotmail Calendar will have some new features…

    Hopefully Wave 5 will arrive by Xmas!!

    • http://unhub.com/eingoluq Eingoluq

      this is one place where skydrive/mesh is unintuitive and do not make sense. synced data should be viewable and editable on skydrive. also bumping up to 10GB of storage wont be bad either.

    • Chris

      I’d like to see it look more like a web app then chunky boxes and solid bland colors.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    Wow! This will be amazing! Hopefully, in Wave 5, they will merge SkyDrive synced storage (5GB) and SkyDrive (25GB) so they’ll be one place for all your files on Windows Live.

    I hope that Hotmail won’t get a complete re-design in Wave 5. I think the current look is amazing and doesn’t need to be updated completely. I also hope Hotmail Calendar will have some new features…

    Hopefully Wave 5 will arrive by Xmas!!

    • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

      this is one place where skydrive/mesh is unintuitive and do not make sense. synced data should be viewable and editable on skydrive. also bumping up to 10GB of storage wont be bad either.

      What I want to see is functionality akin to Docs.com. With PDF and facebook support and Social templates for Docs. In-fact, the two should be merged.

    • Chris

      I’d like to see it look more like a web app then chunky boxes and solid bland colors.

  • Anonymous

    Windows Live Skydrive shown twice last night on NCIS: Los Angeles. 

  • Super2online

    Windows Live Skydrive shown twice last night on NCIS: Los Angeles.