As a result, brand new SkyDrive users get 7 GB of storage for free. Existing users however, (those with accounts as of April 22) can get up to 25 GB of storage for free if they opt to do so. After that, an additional 20 GB costs $10 per year; an additional 50 GB costs $25 per year; and an additional 100 GB, $50 per year.
Microsoft has also made available for download a preview version of SkyDrive for Windows, a local version of its SkyDrive client. This is the first step Microsoft is taking toward integrating SkyDrive with Live Mesh, their synchronization service that’s similar to DropBox. The preview is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview (sorry XP!)
With the SkyDrive app for Windows, everything put in a SkyDrive folder on a Windows PC is automatically kept in sync between PCs, Macs and SkyDrive.com, according to the download site. It also features:
- Ability to access SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer — photos, documents, and other files
- Option to add new files to SkyDrive by dragging them to the SkyDrive folder
- Ability to organize files and folders in SkyDrive, just like any other folder
- Option to connect back to the PC if the user forgets to put something in SkyDrive
Microsoft has also made available an updated version of its SkyDrive app for Windows Phone, a new preview of SkyDrive for Mac OS X Lion and updated the iPhone and iPad versions of SkyDrive today.
Lastly, Microsoft also is surfacing apps that are designed to work with SkyDrive on different platforms and devices.