Microsoft is committed to offering cloud services that deliver access to your information across devices and platforms. Hotmail provides sync of mail, calendar and contacts across devices, and SkyDrive gives you access to up to 25GB of documents, photos, and videos from anywhere in the world through the web. And of course these services are available today for free across your Windows PC, phone, and web.
An important part of a great mail service is the ability to get to all of your email on any device you use, integrated with the applications that you use every day. With Hotmail, you can sync your mail, calendar, and contacts from Hotmail right to your Windows Phone, Android phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPad – as well as to Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Mail. Don’t use Hotmail yet? As we discussed previously, you can bring all your email accounts together into Hotmail so all your mail is available across all of your devices. And because we have ever growing storage, you can keep all of your mail, calendar, and contacts in the cloud, so when you buy a new phone or PC, all you have to do is type your account name and password to get set up.
SkyDrive has always been a place where you could share and store your photos, either from Windows Live Photo Gallery or from any web browser. Of course we know a lot of photos get taken on your phone, and that you have it with you all the time. So when Windows Phone 7 was released in October, it gave us an opportunity to design SkyDrive into the experience. When you take a picture on your phone, you can upload that photo to SkyDrive in one click or even have the phone automatically upload photos to SkyDrive as they are taken – so you can access all your photos from the web. And your SkyDrive albums appear in the Pictures hub, automatically synced to your phone with built-in commenting, so your photos are immediately available on Windows Phone without having to configure a thing. And with 25GB of storage, you have plenty of space for your important memories.
Our experience shows that connecting cloud services to the devices and applications you use makes it easier to get things done. In fact, Windows Phone users are already uploading 10 times as many photos per month (about 120 photos per month) to SkyDrive as typical users.
Today, more than 250 million documents are shared through SkyDrive, making it one of the most popular ways to upload, view, edit or share documents on the web. Again, we worked to connect our services to the applications and devices you use every day. You can save your Office documents right to SkyDrive from Office 2010 on your PC and Office for Mac 2011, or you can upload documents from your web browser. Once documents are uploaded, SkyDrive works seamlessly with the Office Web Apps for accessing, editing and sharing docs in your browser or in the desktop client. And, thanks to SkyDrive, OneNote works seamlessly across your PC, phone (OneNote Mobile for Windows Phone and OneNote Mobile for iPhone) and web browser (the OneNote Web App).
And as we announced last month, there is more to come this fall starting with Windows Phone “Mango.” You can:
Watch these videos for a quick preview of what’s to come:
We’re thrilled to power your cloud with Hotmail and SkyDrive, and are looking forward to bringing even more cloud power to the devices you use every day. So start using Hotmail and SkyDrive and make sure to check out the new Windows Phone experience coming this fall.
Group Program Manager, SkyDrive Devices and Roaming
"@Mike Torres re: Zune Pass vs. music streaming via SkyDrive. I think you have left out an important scenario in the cloud music space if Zune Pass is the only offering Microsoft has.
I'm from Hong Kong but live in the US. I do have a Zune Pass subscription, as well as a Windows Phone 7. My scenario is that only 50% of the music I listen to is available on Zune Pass (English music). The other 50% is made up of Chinese, Korean and Japanese music, as well as other music not found in the Zune marketplace (such as those composed by my friends ... etc.). While Zune Pass can satisfy my needs 50% of the time, a cloud music offering, possibly via SkyDrive, is needed to satisfy the other 50%.
I'm sure I'm not the only one with this scenario, and it is important for Microsoft to acknowledge that Zune Pass does not have everything, particularly outside the US. With Windows Phone "Mango"s plans to expand to more countries such as Japan and Korea, this is one major shortcoming in that even if Zune Pass is made available there, there is no use for it. There's two ways Microsoft can tackle this, in my opinion:
1) Either expand Zune Pass to cover more music (incl. those in Asia), but that is costly with global licensing deals and going to take a loooong time. And there'll always be gaps where Zune Pass does not cover. People are not willing to wait, they'll just turn to iTunes instead.
2) Offer a personal cloud music storage solution, like Google or Amazon, using SkyDrive. This would be my preferred method. If WMP12 in Windows 7 already offers streaming music and videos over the internet, why can't I do that over the cloud without having to have my Windows computer on at home the whole time?"
I TOTALLY AGREE! The largest storage for WP7 I've seen is 16 GB and No expansion slots. Cloud Music would solve the space limitations. PLEASE LISTEN TO US! WE ARE THE CONSUMERS!
The Video Upload to SkyDrive is huge. No more being forced to put stuff on YouTube or Facebook to share it with friends. That will be huge for me. I'll finally be able to delete my YouTube Account when this comes through...
I've trying to use SkyDrive, as our organisation has signed up for it as the only cloud storage we are meant to use.
It's driving me nuts, the Live Mesh Sync 2011 worked fine it seemed - but didn't put files in my normal SkyDrive. I eventually found them in my Devices -> Synced Folders -> [foldername]. Huh??? why are they there? I expect to find my SkyDrive Sync files to be in my, ummm, SkyDrive!
This makes no sense at all. Sorry you've lost me if you can't get something so basic right.
Thanks Mike for paying attention to the feedback.
I love the new SkyDrive and hope there's more to come in the near future. Keep up the good work.
This has nothing to do with SkyDrive but it is related to Hotmail and WLM in a mobile device.
I configured my Hotmail account with IMAP settings using Microsoft Exchange on my iPhone.
Everything works great within the iPhone's mail app and within the webclient-server. I mean, real time sync works great on both ends. The thing is that every time I read an email in my iPhone or iPad, the "Unread Mail Badge" in WLM on my desktop PC wont sync.
Hotmail webclient shows no new mails inside my inbox... they are all read becouse in fact I read them in my iPhone, the issue is only within WLM on my PC and its Unread Mail Badge.
Windows 7 Ultimate
I really like what MS has done to Live in the past, but you should focus more on delivering what you've promised in the past and be more consistent.
For me, I am really missing Live Mesh SDK (to be able to automatically configure it using C# or Powershell) - and it was promised 3 years, that's really a shame.
Windows Live Mail would be more attractive if Microsoft would seriously consider removing the intrusive ads that plaster the interface pages of Windows Live Mail.
Zoho mail, GMX, Mail.com, Burntmail.com, to name but a few, are non ad supported and respect the privacy of their account holders by not enforcing intrusive ads upon its members. If other web-based email providers can respect the privacy of its members, and offer 'free' web-based email with all the bells and whistles that Microsoft offer without intrusive ads, why not Microsoft follow suit?
Increase the 50MB file limit...we should have at least 500MB files to work with.
Upload of folders and all the content within them
Give WindowsLive.com/Live Essentials a Metro UI style
Use Zune data to match songs/music uploaded to Skydrive
Ability to upload Zune music playlist for playback (streaming) on Xbox, WP7, Windows 8.
I very much look forward to Mango! We also need Zune integration with SkyDrive!
Hey guys all of those features look great one suggestion. How about posting videos in the blog we can watch on our WINDOWS PHONE.
"Hotmail – your mail, calendar, and contacts anywhere". Really? I think IMAP support needs to be included before you say that.
I hope the suggestions for Skydrive are taken more seriously than they were for Windows Live Movie Maker. The overwhelming number of MM enthusiasts and educators who called for the reintroduction of a timeline option and narration have been ignored for years. Indeed, the entire conversation has dried up, and many people like me have simply abandoned the product.
In addition to SkyDrive support, it would be nice to be able to integrate Windows Home Server 2011 into the Office Hub as well or in place of Windows Live SkyDrive. In that case, it would give me 6.25 TB of cloud based secure storage!
Oh yes... Hotmail and SkyDrive cloud... with crazy and stupid banners inside (BIG dark blue msn banner with butterfly in Hotmail interface) and light blue squared banner in SkyDrive&Photos&Docs with so stupid text "Windows Live" - e.t.c. you are advertising Windows Live for already Windows Live users. This adv banners for what? Whats mission?
And usability is very very very poor for services from so big company.
I use Windows Live Messenger at all places, sometimes not only in my self computer but in Internet cafes and other computers. I use it also in my iPhone. That is my main communication tool. But whta happens is whenever I connect out of my computers I lose all the important messages. A great feature would be to save these messages on-line, at the Hotmail Box. GTalk and Facebook do that already! It is the only complaint I have about Windows Live Messenger! Thank you!
As far as I know you do not have the option in Hotmail when accessing mail with POP on your phone to configure Hotmail to let it download only new mails. Especially for use on my phone it would be a very clever option. In fact, now the phone download many old mails, which are not interesting to have available on my phone, but I would like to keep in Hotmail. Could you please implement an option that enables downloading only new mails that arrive when accessing mail via pop.
I used to be a happy user of "Live" but I stopped using it because:
The Live Applications "Windows live Photo Gallery" and "Windows Live Mesh" have become a complete disaster compared to what they used to be.
All complaints, change requests, suggestions for improvement, etc, filed by users have been ignored so far.
Please start making applications the way we would like them to be instead of making them the way you want us to like them.
1 other thing id like to know is why hasnt game videos(like the forza 3 ph top gear episode) been integrated into windows phone 7?
Looks great guys!
There's two things missing though:
1) Windows Explorer integration
2) Ability to upload photos without them being "downsized" or converted to "web site quality" as you state in the first of the two videos. Make this a setting - and perhaps require that I'm on WiFi for the "full quality" photos to be uploaded - that's fair enough - no one wants to use up their data plan on photo-upload - that's probably way the limitation is there today...
I'm all in with Microsoft. Media Center PC, Home Server, Windows Phone 7, Zune HD, Zune Pass, etc.
But you really need to at least match Apple on the music thing or I'm afraid there is no catching them. I have a ton of albums that I have ripped. Apple will supposedly be able to scan them all, and keep track of my purchased music. No uploading. Gives me the ability to download to all devices. This is all for $25/year.
I'd love to give you my money, and I would still keep my Zune Pass. But this is different than Zune Pass.
Why can't I use my live ID to sign into this blog comment area? You are blogging about all of this integration and yet your blog isn't integrated.
@myan: SkyDrive integration with Windows Phone will be available in all markets where Windows Phone is available. And with Mango, we’re adding support for more languages and markets - you can learn more here: windowsteamblog.com/.../microsoft-officially-unveils-mango-hundreds-of-improvements-on-the-way.aspx
@José: Mango supports sharing videos to SkyDrive, Facebook and email. It's really great.
@John, @FarStrider: No panic here ;) We aren't ready to talk about any upcoming stuff, but there's a lot of hard work happening in Redmond.
@damaster: Thanks for the great explanation - this is helpful.
@Kevin, @animeshmishra99, @lozenp: Thanks! Good feedback. And thanks for putting together a screenshot!
@lozenp, @ScubaDog2011: I can't speak to upcoming plans, but sharing and collaboration is important to us for sure.
When is the new SkyDrive coming? Hotmail Calendar already has the new header ready for it
Is there any option coming with SkyDrive that will allow photos to be uploaded at full resolution? The web size backup is ok, but having a full copy would make SkyDrive a true backup service.
This is more about entire Windows Live ecosystem.
I would like the entire Windows Live Home screen to be redesigned. I love the Windows Phone interface esp. the Live Tiles and I want them into the Windows Live ecosystem. I want this : As soon as I log in to my Windows Live account there are Live tiles(each tile placed at some distance just like Apps on iPhone screen) notifying about new mails, social networking updates(one each for Facebook, Twitter, etc), skydrive status, Inbox, Sent mails, Inbox folders(optional), Office Web apps(each one on a separate tile),
I am not an artist but I thought I would be able to express myself better using a screenshot. So this picasaweb.google.com/.../DropBox
could help my cause I reckon.
I forgot to include the Web App tiles, oops !
A few suggestions for Skydrive :
1. Skydrive infact Windows Live is about mobility so make its interface more mobile like windows phone 7 but not mirror it.
2. Launch web apps for music, videos and pdf. This is a must otherwise Skydrive will soon be listed amongst Microsoft products that could have changed the industry.
3. Bring back Mesh into the scene and speak about it in the press. It was way before Apple started thinking about the iCloud but still only a handful of people are aware that such a thing exists.
Hope that you would pay heed to these suggestion and even try to implement some of these. I am an Apple supporter and I love Apple products but I have no regret in admitting that Microsoft is doing quite well recently and in fact right now I am confused over which phone to buy - iPhone 4 or Windows Phone Mango handsets. Waiting eagerly for this fall.
@Jose Daniel, if you look closely at the video demo you'll notice that just above the option to Upload to Skydrive there is also the Share... option. Currently on NoDo version phones the only option you have with videos is Delete. So, this tells me that you will be able to share videos in the very same way you can photos. Good stuff.
@Mike Torres, I agree with the comments some have posted here about moving toward a more ubiquitous movement of files between desktop, Skydrive and phone. I use Mesh on all my machines (and it appears that any file I have on one machine does, in fact sync between the web and all my other machines), and I think it makes sense that Mesh & Skydrive should be one and the same. Also, with Apple's iCloud paving the way for the streaming of MP3s, the lack of such capability in the Skydrive puts us at a bit of a disadvantage.
Also, one little annoyance I currently see with OneNote sync. My wife and I use this heavily and love that we can each keep up to date with things like shopping lists, etc. However, she used the iPhone 4 with the OneNote app. One difference I noticed is that her app automatically syncs upon starting whereas I have to tell WP7 to sync. Since the iPhone app can't see notebooks I share, I had to create a notebook on her Skydrive and share it with me. This was annoying, but not a show stopper. BUT, because of the sync issue on more than one occasion we've gotten sync errors that prevented us from continuing to use a page. The only way around the problem was to logon to the web, delete the notebook and recreate it. So, do you know if this has come up as an area to look at, or are the changes coming to the Skydrive going to fix that as a matter of course?
I use Skydrive and I appreciate Microsoft decision to provide 25 GB free online space. But though Skydrive is a good idea it lacks implementation.
I've got some areas where skydrive lacks :
1. It doesn't supports document previews not even the basic file types like pdf. Agreed that there is a provision for editing Microsoft Office documents using the Office WebApps but its a slow process and moreover doesn't helps if I am on a mobile device and what I need is just a preview.
2. Better file handling for copying or moving files. At present it's too cumbersome and eats up lots of time.
3. After what I saw at the D9, I am pretty much sure Microsoft would have done something to integrate cloud into Windows 8. But what about Windows 7 and earlier versions. There is absolutely no native integration of Skydrive within Windows explorer despite being a Microsoft product. I would like to see some apps - desktop and mobile - or update patches for Skydrive soon launched for Windows 7 at least (for Win8 too if its not included, it can prove killer when integrated into the intuitive Start screen).
I hope you would bring these developments soon in the skydrive.
Zune Pass is sadly not an option for most of the world outside the US (I hate to bang that drum but the feature availability issue is a real vulnerability for Windows Phone - I hope we'll see an improvement in global availability of Bing services at the very least in Mango - sadly I don't expect to ever get any of the voice input features, since we speak a variety of English in NZ which is apparently deemed not to exist (as if nobody at MS ever watched Flight of the Conchords...). But I digress).
I'd like to add my vote to all those asking for API access - specifically it would be very handy if apps were at least able to have access (with the user's permission) to a sandboxed section of the user's SkyDrive specific to that app.
@Mike Torres re: Zune Pass vs. music streaming via SkyDrive. I think you have left out an important scenario in the cloud music space if Zune Pass is the only offering Microsoft has.
2) Offer a personal cloud music storage solution, like Google or Amazon, using SkyDrive. This would be my preferred method. If WMP12 in Windows 7 already offers streaming music and videos over the internet, why can't I do that over the cloud without having to have my Windows computer on at home the whole time?
I hope you take on this feedback, and keep up the good work!
I forgot: You had such a great vision with Mesh (the original one, not the one we have now) years ago. A global sync service across all devices with great APIs for developers. You could sync all kind of data and information, not just files and Mesh managed everything including conflict handling. It was perfect, but you killed it. Now Apple released their Mesh called iCloud and you guys panic now.
what no cloud storage for gfwp game saves
And where are the APIs for developers? Where is the Windows Explorer integration of Skydrive? Without APIs and proper Windows integration everyone will stick with Dropbox and iCloud. Currently the 25 GB of Skydrive cannot be used in any way that makes sense.
Will there be an option to upload video to other sites other than SkyDrive (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, et al) ?
@mrcvolvo, prelud: Good feedback, thanks!
@myan: I'm following up for details to make sure I don't misspeak. Stay tuned.
You guys, should have put a bit more effort on PR for skydrive.
Yesterday when Apple announced iCloud my friends were all excited about it and not a single one of them was aware that these features were already available via skydrive/mesh! The same applies for dropbox!
Apart from that you should really combine skydrive space with the mesh sync space. The way it is now is simply confusing for users.
Also, please, make the share URLs human readable somehow.
Another super frustrating thing is that I cannot just click a "send via email" button or something on a file and have the file attached to an email message not the link.
After all you should know better since you are supposed to be using this service everyday ;)
Keep up the good work!
@Mike Torres thank you for your comment... I meant the Skydrive news in this blogpost, will there be limitations for people outside the USA?
I like Windows Live and have a Windows Phone 7. The integration between One note por Pc and Phone is great. The new Mango features with Skydrive are also great.
However, what you are still missing is the integration between Windows Live Mesh and Skydrive. Windows Live Mesh are uploaded into a separate site different from Skydrive so they seem like totaly diferent islands. Same story for the pictures upload by the Windows Phone, it's hard to find them.
So, you are great, just need to have a single Skydrive location.
@Neil__C Nothing to announce right now, but we know that this is also a top ask. Thanks!
@usctrojan98, @galaxyprune, @StevieBallz, @Lorenzo: Thanks for the feedback. We know these are top asks (and that we can improve the usability of the site) and we are hard at work on SkyDrive as we speak. Please do stay tuned to this blog for updates!
@Thom: Have you tried Zune Pass? It's a different model, but if you're looking for cloud-based music across Windows Phone, Xbox, PC, and web (including Mac support!) it's a fantastic subscription service.
@Dusteater: Thanks! And thanks for the suggestion, will pass it on.
@myan: Is your question about this feature being available or about Windows Phone in general? WIth MP3s, the Office hub won't stream your MP3s, no. And if you attach a SkyDrive photo to an MMS, it gets sent as a normal MMS that any MMS-capable phone will be able to process.
Will the 50Mb per file limit still exist on skydrive?
Looks good.... I have 3 questions:
1. Are there certain limitations for countries outside the U.S?
2. If there is an mp3-File on skydrive is it possible to stream it to the phone?
3. If I "attach" a photo from Skydrive to a text message (SMS) - will this photo be sent as an MMS? What happens if
I send this photo to lets say an Android phone - will they see a link or something???
I swear you guys kill me. I should practically hang a "Coming Soon" sign on the doors in Redmond. Live Mesh had more than Windows Live Mesh. The Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive aren't synced storage but that's "coming soon." No chance of upgrading storage. Nothing new with Zune, even with iCloud is going to add features quickly after launch. Why no love for us Zune fans? Where's the rumored Zune SkyDrive storage and the rebranding as Xbox Music? Where's the ipod Touch equivalent for Zune? Maybe that's one more thing "Coming soon."
Let me know when the future's here. I'm on eof the few people I know using SkyDrive, while everyone is on Google Docs and iTunes. I'm getting tired. You know what I'm telling Apple after all of this? I'm telling them that if Windows Live doesn't get it's act together quickly then I'm "coming soon" to Apple & Google products.
WP7 developers should get access to a SkyDrive API to store settings or upload/download data. Currently all those Apps have to use DropBox which simply is stupid given that Microsoft has it's own product for this, which offers more space. Get moving!
Wow, this is looking very good. I don't have a Windows Phone yet, but this is definately one of the biggest things I am looking forward to in Mango. I am liking SkyDrive so far via the web on my PC, but with this added functionality in Windows Phone, it will be amazing.
One quick suggestion though with Windows Live Contacts, we should be able to associate more than one Windows Live ID with a contact. So many people now have two Live ID's for Messenger, one for personal use and one for work. Would be great to be able to handle that in contacts effectively.
Keep up the good work Windows Live team!
But no APIs for devs to go the next step...
Oh dear, you seemed to forget to mention anything about music :(
I hope this is one of the unannounced surprise features
Subtle guys :)
i have tried hard to use SkyDrive but there are a few issues:
1. The links are not easy to remember
2. I have a hard time (or maybe it is impossible?) moving files between folders
3. It is hard to share files within a folder with different people (or again, it is impossible?)
4. I cannot expand my storage even if I want to pay for the expansion.
the fact that I have questions like these shows that it is absolutely not intuitive in its current incarnation.
also, how many third party applications leverage SkyDrive? why shouldn't i just use DropBox? it works with so many apps.
how can i seamlessly send files/photos/etc. from my Windows 7 PC to SkyDrive (aka Windows Explorer access is missing).
iCloud promises to make all of these things simpler and easier to use. You guys now have up to Fall to fix SkyDrive or else it may be too late, at least for this customer.