Microsoft has released another update for its SkyDrive for Windows desktop application, the second since its initial beta release in late April. Most of the changes in this update – version 16.4.6003.0710 – affect how the app syncs your files in the background. It does, however, have a few consumer-facing improvements like an updated status window and a few visual changes such as the new logo (pictured above), as well as the ability to “view sync problems” and “report a problem.”
As part of this release, Microsoft has added the SkyDrive for Windows desktop app to the Windows Store, making it even easier to find the Redmond giant’s cloud sync service. Unlike the Metro-style SkyDrive app, this Windows Store listing takes you directly to the SkyDrive website to download the app, since it’s based on the traditional x86/x64 architecture.
Unfortunately, SkyDrive for Windows desktop will only work on Intel-based Windows 8 tablets and PCs. The ARM-based version of Windows 8 – Windows RT - doesn’t support the installation of desktop applications, so those users will be required to use the SkyDrive Metro-style app.
[Windows Team Blog]
Microsoft has released a major update to its SkyDrive cloud storage platform, allowing users to sync their entire SkyDrive to a folder on their computer. This long-awaited feature finally empowers users to store files on a local machine while taking advantage of the power and flexibility provided by SkyDrive, including easy access to files on mobile devices and tablets. Other improvements to the free service include fetching, as well as the ability to upgrade to a paid plan for additional storage.
The preview app of SkyDrive for the Windows desktop is designed to work on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista in 106 different languages. The best thing about the app, aside from the actual ability to sync SkyDrive folders to a computer, is its simplicity. Installation is very fast, and the app runs quietly in the background. Power users looking to store all of their documents, photos, and more in the cloud are encouraged to use the Libraries feature in Windows 7 and Windows 8 to point to sub-directories in the local SkyDrive folder. SkyDrive for the Windows desktop only works on x86/x64 devices, but smartphones and tablets of all sorts will be able to access SkyDrive via dedicated apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, iPhone, and iPad. It also supports OS X Lion as well.