Microsoft is talking about updates to SkyDrive. SkyDrive is a personal cloud file storage system that Microsoft says can scale up to 1 billion users. The website for the service has been updated with the new design suitable for desktop and tablet browsers. It features instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML 5 sorting.
Microsoft says that SkyDrive for Windows and Mac users now has faster uploads with performance improvements and bug fixes. Users of the service can soon download an app for Android devices allowing users to access, upload, and share content from their Android tablet or smartphone. Developers can build apps using the SkyDrive API and allow users to store access any type of file in SkyDrive.
The Skydrive.com update brings a tile-based layout for folders and files. However, users can opt to use a details view showing folders instead of tiles. The new instant search feature allows users to search for files from anywhere in the SkyDrive, including searching of content in Office documents. Another of the new improvements to the service is with sorting. Sorting now defaults to newest to oldest for folders so you can find the newest content easily.
Microsoft says that the official app for Android users will be available in “just a few weeks.” The Android app will be similar to the apps for Windows Phone and iOS users allowing Android fans to upload files and share them via send a link. Another interesting tidbit Microsoft offered up along with the talk about the updates to SkyDrive has to do with the new Outlook.com. Microsoft says that as of yesterday, the service had 10 million users.