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Instant update for SkyDrive

21 June 2011 by J.M.

Update for Windows Live SkyDrive, Wave 5

The Windows Live team has published an instant update for the web file storage Windows Live SkyDrive.

Windows Live SkyDrive

Omar Shanine, Group Program Manager, SkyDrive.com, announced:

Starting today, we are launching a new version of the SkyDrive website. We took advantage of modern browsers and HTML5 to make SkyDrive faster, easier to navigate, and more beautiful for viewing photos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdhB2u2mOLM

Some of the new features include:

Site

  • New layout, look and feel, and site architecture
  • SSL enabled on all authenticated pages
  • Clean urls (removed most of the junk from the URLs)
  • SkyDrive can now be pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar with jump lists (IE9)
  • Header now says SkyDrive
  • What's new feed for docs and photos removed
  • Upload file size limit now 100MB
  • Moved to edge-to-edge layout to take advantage of larger screens
  • Reduced size of header to give more room to your content


Photos

  • Brand new photos experience
  • HTML5 video playback
  • Thumbnails generated for H.264 Video
  • CSS3 Transitions for albums and 1-up view
  • Photo album thumbnails now "pulse"
  • Thumbnails generated for all photo sizes (previously limited to 5000px)
  • Support for aspect ratio thumbnails (including panorama)

Docs

  • Icons for PDF filetypes
  • Recent documents includes more items
  • Open in Office Client from SkyDrive now gives you the option to install Office 2010 trial using Click-to-Run technology
  • Performance improvements to the Office Web Apps in IE9
  • Details view now supports touch

Groups

SkyDrive groups now appear in the left nav giving you one click access to Group content.

In a future post, I will highlight some of the new features in the all-new Windows Live Skydrive, Wave 5 (16.0).

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