Microsoft SkyDrive usage doubles in six months, claims firm

News 16 Nov, 2012

Software giant's Dropbox alternative enjoys surge in popularity.

The amount of Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage being used has doubled over the past six months, following the launch of the product's first sync apps in April 2012, the software giant has claimed.

The file hosting service, which is available on both Windows and Mac OSX, provides users with 7 GB of free cloud storage with the option to purchase additional space as and when needed.

Mike Torres, principal group program manager of SkyDrive apps at Microsoft, said in a blog post: “While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you’ve also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device.

“[Consequently], we’re releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer,” Torres added.

The new updates allow consumers to select which files or folders they sync to which device.

Guest editor's thoughts:

"Services like Dropbox and Skydrive are brilliant for making sure data is available on all your devices and, in certain situations, they are invaluable resources.

“However, from an IT director’s perspective, what scares me is the ease with which data can be transported outside the corporate firewall using these products.

"It is a security concern, but also an anti-compete worry, especially if someone leaves a company and takes access to important files with them,” says Liam Quinn, IT manager, Richmond Events.

“If you’d like to keep all your photos and documents in SkyDrive but only sync a folder of your most important documents to your laptop, you can do that – even if your desktop is syncing the full set,” said Torres.

The company has also released a number of updates to the SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and Android mobile operating systems, which, Torres claims, will make it easier for users to access SkyDrive across multiple devices.

The sync apps update is being rolled out over the course of the next 48 hours, Microsoft has confirmed.