Microsoft has officially launched an online storage service that lets you securely upload and share documents, photos and music on the web for free.
Windows Live SkyDrive came out of beta format in 38 countries yesterday and contains a significant increase in storage size from 1GB to 5GB.
Files can be easily accessed anywhere, at any time, on the web. Users can even share files via email whether the recipient has a Windows Live ID or not.
The 4GB increase in storage capacity to 5GB gives you enough space to upload around 1,000 songs, 30,000 Office documents of average size, or 30,000 digital photos at a resolution of 1200×1200.
SkyDrive has three options for storing and sharing files, ranging from keeping all files personal, sharing them with people you select, or making them public to anyone on the internet.
Furthermore, with the permission settings users can limit the actions of others when accessing files in the shared area by letting them add and change files or only read files.
From Microsoft’s Site:
- 5 GB of free online storage, available from any computer with Internet access.
- Create personal, shared, and public folders — you decide who has access to each folder.
- Windows Live SkyDrive works well on any Windows or Macintosh computer with Firefox 1.5 or higher, or Internet Explorer 6 or higher.
- Your personal folders are password-protected with your Windows Live ID, so only you have access.
- When you create a shared folder, the friends you’re sharing with need to sign in with their own Windows Live ID and password.
- Just like at your online bank, all file transfers are protected using Secure Socket Layers (SSL).
Learn more at: Windows Live SkyDrive
You can read more on additional free on-line backup sites on this Blog at, So You Want FREE Online Backup?