At the end of that Cannes Lions video, Kostas takes a photo and it is immediately uploaded to Windows Live SkyDrive (opens in new tab). That ability is going to be key to Windows Phone 7 as well as anyone who uses Office Live Workspace. And combined with Sharepoint, you have some serious cloud computing going on.
In short, we just got word that Office Live Workspace will be combining with SkyDrive to offer that additional 25GB of storage space, as well as further integration with Hotmail and Messenger, allowing seamless manipulation of documents and photos.
The merger is scheduled to occur over the "next few months", no doubt in preparation for Windows Phone 7.
[Thanks, Mark W, for the tip!]
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nice to know thats going to help drive windows phone 7
No doubt SkyDrive is good but instead of each user create an MSN/Live ID account I would like to have a more open approach to file sharing with password-protected folders.
In the end all of MS's services and whatever apps/cloud stuff they have will tie into skydrive, this should've been the case early on but oh well. Better late than never.
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Hopefully this merger results in even better applications in the future!
I like the additional storage space.
That's good. But MS should make sure their offerings do not have overlapping features. Makes the whole confusing.
I for one don't like it because it concurrently and quietly kills off the add on for MS Office 2003 that, until now, has let one seamlessly save directly to the online Live Office cloud drive from within Office itself. Instead, now to save to Sky Drive one will have to save to one's local drive, then stop and manually upload/download the file to the Skydrive, and/or log on to "MS Office Web Apps" online, write, edit and save using that, or I assume, just upgrade to Office 2010 with the horrible new ribbon format, etc. Nope, not happy. Too cumbersome! And my goodness there are getting to be too many overlapping products and acronyms from MS. Makes things very confusing.
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