The refreshed experience has broad application, as SkyDrive has emerged as a single service for access and sharing across Windows, Office and smartphones including Windows Phone, iPhone and Android.
To date, SkyDrive has helped more than 100 million users store and share their files on the Web. Today’s relaunch aims to make the experience more enjoyable and efficient in the following ways.
Microsoft announced deeper integration between SkyDrive and Windows Phone on June 7. With the release of Windows Phone “Mango” later this year, users will be able to share photos stored on SkyDrive via email, text, or IM. They will also be able to share videos immediately after shooting them, with the upload happening in the background.
As a Dropbox user, SkyDrive has never really interested me all that much. However, I was able to view the latest video of SkyDrive in action and was very impressed. The pure HTML5 and CSS animations on the site involving the movement of photographs and files are very well rounded.
As a Dropbox user with an iPhone, my wife and I share a folder for photos of our son James. When we take a photo, we eventually upload it right to the folder using the Dropbox app so we both have it. The fact that SkyDrive is baked in a root level of Windows Phone is pretty appealing. Apple is hoping to do something similar with iCloud's Photo Stream, but there are really no sharing options at that point. Photo Stream really is for you to keep yourself updated with your various iOS and Mac devices.
On a regular user basis, SkyDrive is very impressive and I think I may have to give it a go. Trigon works with its clients to ensure connectivity on the web and via servers where ever users may be, but for the regular Joe, this could be great. Check out the video, too.