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SkyDrive Adds Short Urls, ODF Support, Promises “Bigger things coming soon”; Skype Web Version Confirmed;

SkyDrive Gets ODF support, share to Twitter, 300MB file uploads

A bunch of new features to added to Microsoft’s cloud storage service Windows Live SkyDrive. A official tweet from SkyDrive team revealing that the SkyDrive team added following new features with a tag line “Bigger things coming soon.” The new feature include:

  • Support for Open Document Formats (.odt, .odp, .ods)
  • Share to Twitter
  • 300MB file uploads in the browser
  • Short URLs (sdrv.ms) for Windows Phone images shared to Twitter

Google Drive (G Drive, Platypus) launching next week

As the new broke, Google is expected to launch its Google Drive or G Drive (codename Platypus) service next week, “likely on Tuesday” which will become a viable competitor to Dropbox and SkyDrive. Microsoft is continuing to add more features to its competitor, SkyDrive. Also, company is moving toward combining its Skydrive and Live Mesh services with the next release of Skydrive.

Also, some users are getting so far “non-working” links to the desktop SkyDrive download.

You must first install Windows on the computer before you SkyDrive for a computer can add.

You must enable access anywhere in the settings of the app to SkyDrive from files and folders on the computer by browsing

… and at the bottom it reads “Add a computer”.

Here’s a screenshot of the “non-working” “Add a Computer” dialog in English (via Liveside):

SkyDrive Add a Computer dialog

HTML5 and JavaScript-based Skype Web App Confirmed

In other news, it appears Microsoft is planning to bring Skype to the web browser, creating a true cross-platform service, according to a Microsoft job posting indicating that the Skype web app will be somewhat based on HTML5 and JavaScript technologies, and that the app might not use browser-based plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight, both of which will not be supported in Windows 8’s Metro-styled IE10 browser. Here is the excerpt from job posting:

Software Development Engineer, Skype for Browsers

Team Rendezvous at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated Developers to help us bring Skype experience on to the Web. You will have a chance to integrate existing Skype solutions on to the web with the support of the backend services build from the ground up using latest Microsoft technologies. Result of your work will be used by hundreds millions of thankful users worldwide.

….Qualifications and Experience

– BS/MS in Computer Science, Information Systems or similar.
– Extensive experience developing rich web client applications.
– Real world experience developing HTML5 UI’s including rich interaction based on JavaScript (ideally understands difference between standards based ECMA, and browser specific JavaScript/JS.
– An understanding of rich media in windows (AV) would be helpful.
– C#, Java or C++ experience would be a strong advantage.
– Self-direction – must work independently to develop application code. This role demands proactive, ‘can-do’ nature.
– Self-management – Must be highly organized and be able to prioritize work effectively. Successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously.
– Team-orientation – Able to put team interests above personal, help team to move faster all together and take personal responsibility for the whole team result.
– Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
– Experience in agile software development methodologies: SCRUM
– Experience in applications that cross (and depend on) multiple client environments (e.g. variation in device driver, network connectivity etc.) would be a benefit.

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