Updates to SkyDrive Apps for Windows and Mac Arrives; SkyDrive 'Recycle Bin' and Android App in Development

Microsoft just pushed an update to its SkyDrive app for Windows desktop and for Mac, "which will appear automatically on your PC or Mac over the course of the next week or so." The company also recently rolled out an update to the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone, which comes with smaller bug fixes to […]

Microsoft just pushed an update to its SkyDrive app for Windows desktop and for Mac, "which will appear automatically on your PC or Mac over the course of the next week or so." The company also recently rolled out an update to the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone, which comes with smaller bug fixes to improve overall reliability.

To see, if you are running the latest version of the app, you can check out the build number by clicking Settings (in Windows, this is in the right-click menu for the SkyDrive system tray icon, and on the Mac, it's on the application menu) and then About -- build number 16.4.4111.0525.

"SkyDrive for Windows desktop will power a cool new feature in the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview, available the first week of June. Right from the Photos app in Windows 8, you can fetch photos stored on your other PCs that have SkyDrive installed - no matter where you are or how many terabytes of photos you have stored on the PC you are accessing. We'll have more to say about this shortly, so stay tuned," Mike Torres said in the post announcing the release.

In short, the promis is that the Windows 8 integration could take things to another level.

Here are other improvements and fixes:

  • SkyDrive for OS X Lion no longer shows an app icon in the dock when running.
  • Your SkyDrive folder now updates more quickly and reliably when changes are made on other devices, including SkyDrive.com.
  • The limit on the number of total files in the SkyDrive folder created by the apps has been raised from 150,000 to a whopping 10 million! This should unblock some power users from easily adding lots of files to their SkyDrive folder.

"We will indeed stay tuned, especially in light of other reports a Chinese edition of the preview has made it into the wild," Torres adds.

Also, Microsoft is reportedly working on several SkyDrive updates for a launch in late July. According to documents leaked this week, the company is working on a Milestone 3 release of SkyDrive, due between July 23rd and July 30th -- which is said to include improvements to the company's iPad app, simple file sharing, and online web interface.

Microsoft is also reported actively testing an Android SkyDrive app, but for now third-party options are available.

The leaked documents also reference a Milestone 4 (M4) release due later this year. "This particular update to "SkyDrive will focus on Android" support and a new "Recycle Bin" feature designed as a backup option for SkyDrive users," reports Verge.

There's no specific timeline for the Milestone 4 release, but planning and coding is said to commence in early August.