Screenshots: New SkyDrive Mac and Windows clients, paid storage coming?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted February 18, 2012 36 comments

skydrive-logoA Brazilian website, Gemind.com.br (English translation) has posted a set of SkyDrive screenshots which appear to show some new features: A SkyDrive client for Windows or Mac, and some paid storage options.

LiveSide readers will remember that we told you about a set of upcoming SkyDrive clients last August, including Mac and Windows, clients for Windows Phone and iOS, which have already been released, and a still to come Android app.  We also told you about the paid storage options last September, so this isn’t the first we’ve heard of these new features, but still it’s interesting to see these screenshots make it on the web.

The Brazilian site posts one screenshot showing a banner promoting SkyDrive applications for PC or Mac (where in the current version you see a promotion for Windows Phone and iOS apps:

skydrive apps now

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Users have been calling for desktop clients for SkyDrive since it was first introduced, similar to what is offered by competitor Dropbox.  Looks like we may finally get what we’ve been asking for:

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Next up is “Managed Storage”, or a way to pay for additional storage on SkyDrive.  The prices, if they hold up, seem quite competitive, as Dropbox pricing is more than double what these screenshots show SkyDrive pricing to be (of course SkyDrive offers 25gb of free storage, too, while Dropbox only offers 2gb).  Here’s the English version of the “Managed Storage” page, as captured by Gemind.com.br.

skydrive paid english

While we still don’t have a client in hand, it’s good to see that SkyDrive is continuing to improve its services, especially in light of more evidence of an upcoming G Drive from Google, and the continued popularity of Dropbox.

(via The Next Web)

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 10:07 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Dropbox, Google, SkyDrive, Wave 5
  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I hope this’ll come within the next couple of months… but since Hotmail Calendar hasn’t been updated to Wave 5 M3 yet, it’ll be a while before we get a Hotmail update, never mind SkyDrive…

    Edit: I wonder if the SkyDrive app for PC and Mac will replace Windows Live Mesh? If it comes at the same time as the Devices integration, it would make sense for it to replace Mesh. Also, I wonder if the SkyDrive for PC app will support Windows 7 (I hope it will!).

    • damaster

      You meant M2 right? All Windows Live web properties (including Hotmail Calendar) are currently at Wave 5 M2 (version 16.2). Although no visible new features are found in Hotmail Calendar in the last update, besides a minor update to the header.

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

        I meant M3 – presumably the SkyDrive PC and Mac apps are going to be part of the M3 update, but since Hotmail Calendar hasn’t been updated to M3 yet (and that’s usually the first to update) or Hotmail it’ll be a while before we get the SkyDrive update.

        • damaster

          Ahh gotcha :) Yes no signs of M3 being rolled out yet.

          • Scott

            These screenshot are from SkyDrive in Wave 5 M3 (16.3)

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

    I hope this’ll come within the next couple of months… but since Hotmail Calendar hasn’t been updated to Wave 5 M3 yet, it’ll be a while before we get a Hotmail update, never mind SkyDrive…

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Hotmail Calendar has been updated to Wave 5 M3 (version 16.2), just that no visible new features are found.

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

        That’s brilliant! How do you tell (I don’t see any header changes)? Subject: [liveside] Re: Screenshots: New SkyDrive Mac and Windows clients, paid storage coming?

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Ahh gotcha :) Yes no signs of M3 being rolled out yet.

          • Scott

            These screenshot are from SkyDrive in Wave 5 M3 (16.3)

  • Revolutions

    Good night, Mesh. Hopefully Skydrive continues the same ideas that the Mesh team originally had. http://www.microsoft.com/softwareplusservices/software-plus-services-looking-ahead.aspx

  • Revolutions

    Good night, Mesh. Hopefully Skydrive continues the same ideas that the Mesh team originally had. http://www.microsoft.com/softwareplusservices/software-plus-services-looking-ahead.aspx

  • http://www.tekwalla.com/ Tekwalla

    Those look like improved web versions to me and not desktop clients.

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

      The client is not shown, only the banner promotion for “applications for Windows or Mac” (in portuguese)

    • techSage

      Why would they be specifying PC or Mac then?

      • http://www.tekwalla.com/ Tekwalla

        No idea. Maybe its an ad.

  • http://www.techomaniac.com Techomaniac

    Those look like improved web versions to me and not desktop clients.

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

      The client is not shown, only the banner promotion for “applications for Windows or Mac” (in portuguese)

    • Anonymous

      Why would they be specifying PC or Mac then?

      • http://www.techomaniac.com Techomaniac

        No idea. Maybe its an ad.

  • JesperJuel

    This is pretty cool. BTW, did anybody notice that pictures on Skydrive now shift when you look at your albums. Just like Live Tiles. Has it always done that?

    • Ericko

      It’s been doing it for a few months already…

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

      It has done since the Wave 5 M0 update last June (when the new interface arrived).

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty cool. BTW, did anybody notice that pictures on Skydrive now shift when you look at your albums. Just like Live Tiles. Has it always done that?

    • Ericko

      It’s been doing it for a few months already…

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

      It has done since the Wave 5 M0 update last June when the new interface arrived.

  • jkth

    About time! Combine this with a decent music service (http://www.liveside.net/2012/02/17/microsoft-planning-a-new-music-service-well-of-course-they-are/) and they’re onto a winner.

  • Anonymous

    About time! Combine this with a decent music service (http://www.liveside.net/2012/02/17/microsoft-planning-a-new-music-service-well-of-course-they-are/) and they’re onto a winner.

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

    Does paying for more storage also raise the file size cap? That’s more important than getting more space. I’d much rather pay for a 1024MB+ file size cap.

    • damaster

      We can confirm that the individual storage file size cap for the “free” space has been raised, not sure about purchased storage’s cap, or whether it’d be any different.

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

    Does paying for more storage also raise the file size cap? That’s more important than getting more space. I’d much rather pay for a 1024MB+ file size cap.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      We can confirm that the individual storage file size cap for the “free” space has been raised, not sure about purchased storage’s cap, or whether it’d be any different.

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

    I’ve used Google (yes, Google, because Bing translate isn’t really that good) and the banner at the top advertising the apps says:

    “Get SkyDrive application for PC or Mac With the free application SkyDrive, your important files and photos can be accessed from anywhere. Get the application SkyDrive.”

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

    I’ve used Google (yes, Google, because Bing translate isn’t really that good) and the banner at the top advertising the apps says:

    “Get SkyDrive application for PC or Mac With the free application SkyDrive, your important files and photos can be accessed from anywhere. Get the application SkyDrive.”

  • Stuartw87

    I thought windows explorer integration was going to be a feature of Microsoft’s desktop/mobile mashup mess that is Windows 8?

  • Stuartw87

    I thought windows explorer integration was going to be a feature of Microsoft’s desktop/mobile mashup mess that is Windows 8?