skydrive 5gb

Microsoft just publicly launched their Windows Live SkyDrive service which now offers a whopping 5GB of storage at no cost. In the testing stage users were only given 1GB of storage space, and it was only expected that Microsoft would up that to 2GB upon launch. Well, we’re happy to say that they proved us wrong.

SkyDrive is supposed to be both faster and more reliable now that the Beta tag has been lifted from the service, and users across the world will be able to bask in the plentiful storage:

SkyDrive is also available now in 38 countries/regions. In addition to Great Britain, India, and the U.S., we’re live in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Each file can be up to 50MB in size, and if you’re using Internet Explorer you can actually install an upload tool that they have created. When you go to add files there will be a box that asks if you want to install the upload tool. This is an ActiveX add-on which is why you must be using Internet Explorer for it to work.

I think it’s cool that Microsoft has come out with such a service, but I’m pretty disappointed with how well they’ve integrated it into Windows. Aside from the Internet Explorer add-on there is no advanced way to manage your files. I thought that there would be a Windows Explorer app to make it look just like a drive on your computer, and even a Vista sidebar gadget for easily uploading your files. Those things were a no-brainer to me, and the lack of tools available is the reason I’m still holding out for that “perfect” file storage solution.

I know many of you were participating in the Beta program for SkyDrive and I would love to hear how the service has been handling for you.

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