New SkyDrive.com UI Inspired from Windows 8 App; Windows, Mac Mobile Apps Updated; SkyDrive for Android App Announced; Live Groups, Profile, Devices and Messenger SmartScreen Gets New "Modern" UI

Since its launch of two weeks back, the Outlook.com preview, as of today, "has more than 10 million people who have signed up and started using Outlook.com," revealed Inside SkyDrive team blog. In addition, the team also launched the all new "SkyDrive" now sporting a new, more modern web design, inspired from the SkyDrive Windows […]

Since its launch of two weeks back, the Outlook.com preview, as of today, "has more than 10 million people who have signed up and started using Outlook.com," revealed Inside SkyDrive team blog.

In addition, the team also launched the all new "SkyDrive" now sporting a new, more modern web design, inspired from the SkyDrive Windows 8 app, refined SkyDrive apps for PCs and Macs. Also, a new SkyDrive app for Android devices, and improved developer offerings are announced today.

The update to SkyDrive includes a series of new features, such as Instant Search, that let you locate files on SkyDrive and even from within Office Documents including Word, Excel, or PowerPoint; a contextual toolbar; multi-select drag and drop; and sorting improvements. Faster Photo uploads and a much faster file sync also made its way in to this update.

The SkyDrive applications for Windows and Mac OS X have been updated as well, to make the experience faster when it comes to a series of key scenarios, all based on the user feedback.

SkyDrive.com New Modern UI

Below is the highlight of the improvement:

  • SkyDrive.com - New, modern design for desktop and tablet browsers with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting
  • SkyDrive for Windows desktop & OS X -Faster uploads for people around the world and tons of bug and performance improvements under the hood
  • SkyDrive for Android - A new app that lets you access, upload and share from Android phones
  • SkyDrive for developers - Apps built using our SkyDrive API can now store or access any type of file in a person's SkyDrive, plus there's a new, easy-to-use file picker API for websites (similar to our file picker for Windows 8 apps)

The SkyDrive app for Android phones "will be available in just a few weeks," is similar to Windows Phone and iOS apps and allows to browse SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with "Send a link."

You'll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.

The app will run on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and later devices that can connect to the Google Play store.

SkyDrive app for Android

The update to SkyDrive for Developers now includes:

  1. No more file restrictions and full control over photo upload resolution
    There are no longer any restrictions on the types of files that your application uploads to SkyDrive. Additionally, you can now upload images in their full resolution.
  2. Open and Save pickers
    Our API now includes a SkyDrive file picker for opening and saving files to SkyDrive by adding a few lines of JavaScript to any website.

Below is a video introdcing new SkyDrive:

SkyDrive photo gallery:


Along side SkyDrive, Microsoft also made the update to some other Windows Live properties, including:

Profile has been drastically simplified, with Microsoft's efforts towards "Connected Services" such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Skype. Web activities are no more, and neither are things like status messages, social feeds, favorite things, and a whole bunch of other non-essential profile info.

Windows Live Groups now when visited http://groups.live.com, take you directly to the Groups page on SkyDrive.com. To get to each of your Group's homepage, you will have to click on each Group's name in SkyDrive, then click "View profile" on the contextual toolbar up the top.

Devices located at http://devices.live.com, retained to continue to access 5GB of "Mesh synced storage". Note that the devices listed on this page are relevant to what you have synced on Windows Live Mesh only. Those devices that you've synced with the new SkyDrive for Windows app will only show up under the "PCs" tab on SkyDrive.com.

Messenger SmartScreen in addition to the "modern" look and feel, also now have the option to turn it off by checking the "Don't show this message for sites that aren't well-known" button.

"When you're chatting via Messenger, either via the new Messaging sidebar, Windows Live Messenger, or the Messaging app on Windows 8, any external links that you click on are scanned by Microsoft's SmartScreen technology. Those websites that are deemed "less well-known" will display a gateway warning message."