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Changes Coming To SkyDrive – Act Now.

Those of you who are using the Microsoft “Live” online file storage service (called “SkyDrive”) should be aware that important changes are being made due to general service improvements — changes that will effect you, unless you act soon.

Up to now, SkyDrive gave you 25 Gigabytes of free storage — but that is being cut down to 7 GB’s, unless you “claim” more. You can keep getting 25 GB’s for free, or purchase even more space. Here’s what you need to do:

First, sign into your “Live” account (such as, Hotmail), and go to your SkyDrive (or, click here and sign in).

Click on the blue “claim your free 25GB”..

And click one of the “upgrade” option buttons. The top button “upgrades” you back to the free 25GB level.

(I believe you want to click these things soon.. like, now. Particularly if you are going to be “sharing” movies and/or music files.)

I like SkyDrive, and the recent improvements, and coming improvements, make this a hard service to beat for easy file sharing, syncing, and online access across devices.

“Think about all of the different devices you use every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if your files came with you, whether you’re on your phone, Mac, or PC?

When you use SkyDrive, you’ll never be without the documents, notes, photos, and videos that matter to you. Store anything on your SkyDrive and it’s automatically available from your trusted devices—no syncing or cables needed.” Read more..

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Related: I hope you didn’t think Google was going to sit still …

* Free storage for you! Google Drive to arrive today

Google’s new cloud-storage service has arrived. It comes with 5GBs of free storage and up to 1 Terabyte of storage for paying customers. Read more..

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Today’s quote:The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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April 24, 2012 - Posted by | file system, Google, Internet, Microsoft, News | , , ,


  1. I knew it all the time… “We definitely think alike”… I just did a similar post today!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the heads up! I don’t log in to my live acct very often.


    Comment by g | April 24, 2012 | Reply

    • g,
      Good to see you here again.

      SkyDrive (and the coming Windows 8) are showing significant changes that indicate that Microsoft is not unaware of this whole “cloud computing” thing.. and that they want to be a significant player.
      (Worth keeping an eye on.)


      Comment by techpaul | April 24, 2012 | Reply

      • I am getting an error that it is not compatible with win32 when I tried to download the pc software on my laptop (which is running xp86)


        Comment by g | April 25, 2012 | Reply

        • g,
          I only had time to quickly pull this from MS..

          “Windows XP is currently not supported at this time.  The official system requirements for SkyDrive is listed here:

          Thanks for using SkyDrive!”

          Jay Sirju

          I understand that for many, XP is what they have, and what they’ll stay with, but Microsoft is ending support. Many of their newer programs and application simply will not run on XP.


          Comment by techpaul | April 25, 2012 | Reply

          • thanks. I didn’t catch that. My laptop is going on 4 years old now so I’ll probably be getting a new one in a year or so.


            Comment by g | April 25, 2012 | Reply

            • g,
              4 years is smack-dab in the center of the “average lifecycle” of a digital device – 3 years (or so) for those Techie types who crave the latest doodads, and 5 years for higher end devices, and “normal people”.

              If the specs on the unit are good enough (say, dual core and 4 GB’s of RAM), I might consider putting Windows 7 on it.
              (Unless I was looking for an excuse to get an Ultrabook-type unit, with an “i” series quad-core and solid-state hard drive.. )

              But, yeah, XP is 11 years old now (77 in human years) and past ready to be retired.


              Comment by techpaul | April 25, 2012 | Reply

  3. Microsoft is still innovative and aware of the cloud, but usability is just not there with Skydrive. Got the free 25Gb but no file name searching is available unless it is an Office file. That’s right, use up those 25Gb with anything but Office files and you can’t search them eg PDF, JPEG, RTF, TXT. Surely Bing just needs a minor tweak to accommodate this?


    Comment by SA | April 25, 2012 | Reply

    • SA,
      I suspect that issues such as this will be resolved as these things evolve and mature.


      Comment by techpaul | April 25, 2012 | Reply

  4. […] Changes Coming To SkyDrive – Act Now […]


    Pingback by NEW Version of Microsoft Security Essentials « What's On My PC | April 25, 2012 | Reply

  5. That’s a timely information Paul. Thank you


    Comment by Murugesan | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Murugesan,
      I received some mail informing me that the chance to act had already passed, but haven’t had a chance to confirm that yet (sorry).

      Good to see your name here again, and thank you for the words of support!


      Comment by techpaul | April 27, 2012 | Reply

      • Well I got my free upgrade. Thanks once again!


        Comment by Murugesan | April 28, 2012 | Reply

        • Murugesan,
          Kewel! Glad I helped out.


          Comment by techpaul | April 28, 2012 | Reply

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