Coming soon to SkyDrive Wave 5: Unlimited photos and documents storage

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted September 10, 2011 75 comments

SkyDriveWhen Windows Live SkyDrive first launched in 2007 (known as Windows Live Folders beta back then), it offered a mere 500 MB of free storage. Later on when the service got out of beta in early 2008, this free storage space increased from 500 MB to 5 GB. This doesn’t seem to be a lot today, but it was probably sufficient for most people back then (and hey, that’s still more than what Google Docs+Picasa offers for free today). In November 2008, together with the launch of Windows Live Wave 3, SkyDrive’s free storage space increased from 5 GB to the 25 GB it offers today.

This storage space hasn’t changed since then, but the usage of SkyDrive has been increasing ever since. Office Web Apps was added to SkyDrive (with Office 2010 integration), and the service also became the storage space for large Hotmail file attachments. With the introduction of Windows Phone last year, SkyDrive also became the single point of storage for all synchronised photos and Office document from the phone. We expect SkyDrive usage to skyrocket once it adds support for other devices such as Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android, and the current storage limit definitely won’t meet the needs of Microsoft’s “all in with the cloud” plan.

So in order to satisfy the demands of the “cloud” generation, Microsoft needs to move forward, particularly in terms of cloud storage space. LiveSide recently learnt that Microsoft will soon offer unlimited photos and Office documents storage on SkyDrive Wave 5, and this is how it will work:

Unlimited storage space for all Office documents
Unlimited storage space for all photos
25 GB of free storage for everything else

No specific details are revealed as to when this will be made available, but as usual we believe this will be “coming soon”. Remember though, providing unlimited storage for SkyDrive’s 70 million users is not an easy task, and it takes time for Microsoft to get it ready for the masses. However, we hope Microsoft do move fast, given Google’s “GDrive” might be making a comeback, and other competitors like Dropbox are growing at a rapid pace.

There’s lots more news to come relating to SkyDrive and Windows Live. But in the mean time, remember to also check out our previous SkyDrive Wave 5 coverage:

Posted September 10th, 2011 at 4:28 am
  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Wow, wow and so much more WOW! That is absolutley brilliant! I hope this comes before Christmas, along with devices integration and multiple file selecting. I’d rather not wait a year or so….

    I also hope Hotmail gets official unlimited storage soon, instead of the 5GB that “grows with you”.

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      +1000 multiple file selection, which hopefully (and obviously) would mean multiple file move, copy, delete, rename, etc.

      Folder tree would be welcome too.

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

    Wow, wow and so much more WOW! That is absolutley brilliant! I hope this comes before Christmas, along with devices integration and multiple file selecting. I’d rather not wait a year or so….

    I also hope Hotmail gets official unlimited storage soon, instead of the 5GB that “grows with you”.

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      +1000 multiple file selection, which hopefully (and obviously) would mean multiple file move, copy, delete, rename, etc.

      Folder tree would be welcome too.

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

    Wow, wow and so much more WOW! That is absolutley brilliant! I hope this comes before Christmas, along with devices integration and multiple file selecting. I’d rather not wait a year or so….

    I also hope Hotmail gets official unlimited storage soon, instead of the 5GB that “grows with you”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hector.maciasayala Hector Macias Ayala

      +1000 multiple file selection, which hopefully (and obviously) would mean multiple file move, copy, delete, rename, etc.

      Folder tree would be welcome too.

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

    So would this remove the 100MB limit on documents and picture files too?

    So hypothetically, could I rename a movie file to .jpg and then upload it to Skydrive??

    • Anonymous

      “100MB limit on documents and picture files too” have you ever seen a docx or a picture that big? i bet NO… so they wont do that… and they just changed limit from 50mb to 100mb, so they wont change it again anytime soon.

      wow at your comment, i really never expected to see something like this from someone who calls himself “Andrew Tech Help”.

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

        Should have made this a little clearer with a :P or something. It was a joke.
        Although, Microsoft have done stranger things ;)

      • BlackMind_XP

        Actually, some time ago i converted PDF file to Word with some shitty software and the file was 138mb, so its not impossible – users are unpredictable :P

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

    So would this remove the 100MB limit on documents and picture files too?

    So hypothetically, could I rename a movie file to .jpg and then upload it to Skydrive??

    • Anonymous

      “100MB limit on documents and picture files too” have you ever seen a docx or a picture that big? i bet NO… so they wont do that… and they just changed limit from 50mb to 100mb, so they wont change it again anytime soon.

      wow at your comment, i really never expected to see something like this from someone who calls himself “Andrew Tech Help”.

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

        Should have made this a little clearer with a :P or something. It was a joke.
        Although, Microsoft have done stranger things ;)

      • BlackMind_XP

        Actually, some time ago i converted PDF file to Word with some shitty software and the file was 138mb, so its not impossible – users are unpredictable :P

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

    So would this remove the 100MB limit on documents and picture files too?

    So hypothetically, could I rename a movie file to .jpg and then upload it to Skydrive??

    Added: Just to clarify, this is a joke comment people! But I’d love to see Microsoft accidently leave in loopholes like this, easter eggs even :P

    • Emi the Strange

      “100MB limit on documents and picture files too” have you ever seen a docx or a picture that big? i bet NO… so they wont do that… and they just changed limit from 50mb to 100mb, so they wont change it again anytime soon.

      wow at your comment, i really never expected to see something like this from someone who calls himself “Andrew Tech Help”.

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

        Should have made this a little clearer with a :P or something. It was a joke.
        Although, Microsoft have done stranger things ;)

      • BlackMind_XP

        Actually, some time ago i converted PDF file to Word with some shitty software and the file was 138mb, so its not impossible – users are unpredictable :P

  • Anonymous

    Great for users who want to share their photo albums. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Great for users who want to share their photo albums. :-)

  • GraphiteCube

    Great for users who want to share their photo albums. :-)

  • Anonymous

    I hope that they will also improve the Windows Live Mesh integration.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that they will also improve the Windows Live Mesh integration.

  • SvdPol

    I hope that they will also improve the Windows Live Mesh integration.

  • Anonymous

    This is more of a PR-move then anything else I think. It’s not that many people that uses 25GB of Skydrive for photos or documents is it?

    What I want is to have my Windows Phone upload full resolution images to Skydrive.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It would be quite a bit more than PR, if it’s bundled with an easy way to bulk upload and/or (gasp!) sync.  SkyDrive could become a (the?) backup solution for photos, as there must be loads of photo collections well north of 25gb.

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      I have 10 GB of family photos in there already, something about 5200+ pics Ive taken since 2004; and as cameras keep offering bigger res and pics keep growing in size, it wont take long before anybody reaches 25 GB or more.

      I think in a couple of years it will be unlimited for everything. Fortunately theres no cap in pic size, you already can upload those pictures at full res, just remember that will take longer to upload, but its worth it.

  • Anonymous

    This is more of a PR-move then anything else I think. It’s not that many people that uses 25GB of Skydrive for photos or documents is it?

    What I want is to have my Windows Phone upload full resolution images to Skydrive.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It would be quite a bit more than PR, if it’s bundled with an easy way to bulk upload and/or (gasp!) sync.  SkyDrive could become a (the?) backup solution for photos, as there must be loads of photo collections well north of 25gb.

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      I have 10 GB of family photos in there already, something about 5200+ pics Ive taken since 2004; and as cameras keep offering bigger res and pics keep growing in size, it wont take long before anybody reaches 25 GB or more.

      I think in a couple of years it will be unlimited for everything. Fortunately theres no cap in pic size, you already can upload those pictures at full res, just remember that will take longer to upload, but its worth it.

  • Zicoz

    This is more of a PR-move then anything else I think. It’s not that many people that uses 25GB of Skydrive for photos or documents is it?

    What I want is to have my Windows Phone upload full resolution images to Skydrive.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It would be quite a bit more than PR, if it’s bundled with an easy way to bulk upload and/or (gasp!) sync.  SkyDrive could become a (the?) backup solution for photos, as there must be loads of photo collections well north of 25gb.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hector.maciasayala Hector Macias Ayala

      I have 10 GB of family photos in there already, something about 5200+ pics Ive taken since 2004; and as cameras keep offering bigger res and pics keep growing in size, it wont take long before anybody reaches 25 GB or more.

      I think in a couple of years it will be unlimited for everything. Fortunately theres no cap in pic size, you already can upload those pictures at full res, just remember that will take longer to upload, but its worth it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    This is awesome! I have about 50 GB of photos and always wished I could upload them to SkyDrive so they were all accessible from Windows Phone wherever I am. I can’t wait! :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    This is awesome! I have about 50 GB of photos and always wished I could upload them to SkyDrive so they were all accessible from Windows Phone wherever I am. I can’t wait! :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    This is awesome! I have about 50 GB of photos and always wished I could upload them to SkyDrive so they were all accessible from Windows Phone wherever I am. I can’t wait! :)

  • Mario Albertico

    Finally I’ll have a place to back up my photos…I was searching all over the web not that long ago, looking for an online storage solution that would let me upload all my photos and let me download them whenever I want…how many? None… If SkyDrive accomplishes this, it will make a tide of difference…

  • Mario Albertico

    Finally I’ll have a place to back up my photos…I was searching all over the web not that long ago, looking for an online storage solution that would let me upload all my photos and let me download them whenever I want…how many? None… If SkyDrive accomplishes this, it will make a tide of difference…

  • Mario Albertico

    Finally I’ll have a place to back up my photos…I was searching all over the web not that long ago, looking for an online storage solution that would let me upload all my photos and let me download them whenever I want…how many? None… If SkyDrive accomplishes this, it will make a tide of difference…

  • http://nevermetanormalperson.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

    Excellent. Wonder how long it’ll take to upload my 102 GB of pictures… :P
    I’m going to assume that they’ll put a picture size limit, like picasa has now… but if they actually allow me to upload 102 gb of pictures… great!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

      There is an upload limit of 200 items in the Silverlight uploader. But that simply means you have to click Continue after 200 items upload, click Add Files again, then keep going. As long as you’re keep track of your progress it really isn’t an issue.

      • http://nevermetanormalperson.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

        Or I could just use Photo Gallery…

    • http://www.facebook.com/hector.maciasayala Hector Macias Ayala

      No picture size limit so far, and so happy about it.

  • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

    Excellent. Wonder how long it’ll take to upload my 102 GB of pictures… :P
    I’m going to assume that they’ll put a picture size limit, like picasa has now… but if they actually allow me to upload 102 gb of pictures… great!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

      There is an upload limit of 200 items in the Silverlight uploader. But that simply means you have to click Continue after 200 items upload, click Add Files again, then keep going. As long as you’re keep track of your progress it really isn’t an issue.

      • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

        Or I could just use Photo Gallery…

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      No picture size limit so far, and so happy about it.

  • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

    Excellent. Wonder how long it’ll take to upload my 102 GB of pictures… :P
    I’m going to assume that they’ll put a picture size limit, like picasa has now… but if they actually allow me to upload 102 gb of pictures… great!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

      There is an upload limit of 200 items in the Silverlight uploader. But that simply means you have to click Continue after 200 items upload, click Add Files again, then keep going. As long as you’re keep track of your progress it really isn’t an issue.

      • http://anothersoandso.tumblr.com/ Chris Barry

        Or I could just use Photo Gallery…

    • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

      No picture size limit so far, and so happy about it.

  • cleverclogs

    Hmmmm would love it if RAW files were included in unlimited pictures storage!

  • cleverclogs

    Hmmmm would love it if RAW files were included in unlimited pictures storage!

  • cleverclogs

    Hmmmm would love it if RAW files were included in unlimited pictures storage!

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    This is Microsoft response to Google’s Picasa and Docs changes.

    In Picasa, all photos below 1mb (last time i checked) don’t count up to your storage.
    Supposedly the same is or is going to be so in Google Docs.

    This new unlimited photos and documents in SkyDrive could come with a similar limit. Just be aware of that.

    • damaster

      Hmm…i doubt the limit would be similar. The info we have is that the unlimited storage will be available for “HD photos”. I doubt HD photos will be under 1MB…

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        similar and the same = not the same ;)

        But i just say there could be a limit for it to not count up. just saying…

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    This is Microsoft response to Google’s Picasa and Docs changes.

    In Picasa, all photos below 1mb (last time i checked) don’t count up to your storage.
    Supposedly the same is or is going to be so in Google Docs.

    This new unlimited photos and documents in SkyDrive could come with a similar limit. Just be aware of that.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Hmm…i doubt the limit would be similar. The info we have is that the unlimited storage will be available for “HD photos”. I doubt HD photos will be under 1MB…

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        similar and the same = not the same ;)

        But i just say there could be a limit for it to not count up. just saying…

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    This is Microsoft response to Google’s Picasa and Docs changes.

    In Picasa, all photos below 1mb (last time i checked) don’t count up to your storage.
    Supposedly the same is or is going to be so in Google Docs.

    This new unlimited photos and documents in SkyDrive could come with a similar limit. Just be aware of that.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Hmm…i doubt the limit would be similar. The info we have is that the unlimited storage will be available for “HD photos”. I doubt HD photos will be under 1MB…

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        similar and the same = not the same ;)

        But i just say there could be a limit for it to not count up. just saying…

  • frankwick

    I have 4TB of photos.  Could this be a free backup solution for me?  Imagaine being able to browse ALL MY PHOTOS on my Windows Phone. 

  • Anonymous

    I have 4TB of photos.  Could this be a free backup solution for me?  Imagaine being able to browse ALL MY PHOTOS on my Windows Phone. 

  • Anonymous

    I have 4TB of photos.  Could this be a free backup solution for me?  Imagaine being able to browse ALL MY PHOTOS on my Windows Phone. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/hector.maciasayala Hector Macias Ayala

    I cant see Dropbox as a competitor, its a different service with less capacity available.

    I want no sync, tried once and Dropbox failed to me. Just care about back up, and SD explorer simply fits my needs, together with SD Explorer it rocks.

    On the other hand, google limits pics to 2048 pixels, I just uploaded 10 GB of 8 MP photos to SkyDrive, no problem.

  • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

    I cant see Dropbox as a competitor, its a different service with less capacity available.

    I want no sync, tried once and Dropbox failed to me. Just care about back up, and SD explorer simply fits my needs, together with SD Explorer it rocks.

    On the other hand, google limits pics to 2048 pixels, I just uploaded 10 GB of 8 MP photos to SkyDrive, no problem.

  • http://hector-macias.blogspot.com Hector Macias Ayala

    I cant see Dropbox as a competitor, its a different service with less capacity available.

    I want no sync, tried once and Dropbox failed to me. Just care about back up, and SD explorer simply fits my needs, together with SD Explorer it rocks.

    On the other hand, google limits pics to 2048 pixels, I just uploaded 10 GB of 8 MP photos to SkyDrive, no problem.

  • Mohammad Mahmoud

    That’s great news for alot customers using the service. But I wonder how it would be possible to allow unlimited storage for specific file types that is photos and documents and limited for other file types.

  • mms911

    That’s great news for alot customers using the service. But I wonder how it would be possible to allow unlimited storage for specific file types that is photos and documents and limited for other file types.

  • mms911

    That’s great news for alot customers using the service. But I wonder how it would be possible to allow unlimited storage for specific file types that is photos and documents and limited for other file types.