Reality check: SkyDrive not getting unlimited storage for pics & docs

Back in early September, LiveSide ran a story about the recent SkyDrive update. Specifically, Wave 5 was to offer a hefty helping of unlimited storage for your photos and Office documents that you've stashed away. The idea seemed reasonable, after all they were limiting it to specific media types, so why not?

Well, it turns out the SkyDrive team is not so confident in that new feature. When asked about it directly on Twitter they said flat out that's it is a rumor:

"We don't offer unlimited photos and docs. Unless it came from our official blog, it's a rumor."

Okay, we suppose we can angle it that they never said it wasn't coming later on. But at least for now that terse wording is leading us to believe that this whole idea of unlimited storage for pics and docs just ain't true. Maybe next time? For now, you'll just have to suffer with your free 25GB of storage. /sarcasm

Source: @SkyDrive; Thanks, Edwin, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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    Edit: After restarting the browser in safe mode it seems to be fine. Damn, that means some add-on is causing the issue. Wonder which one it could be.
  • Just tried FF8 and FF3 ... no problems.  I would expect lag with use over time w/o restarting the browser, that's been characteristic of FF ever since 4.
  • Apparently it was being caused by the Linkification add-on.
    Kind of a strange add-on to cause issues IMO, but after disabling it, it works fine now.
  • Then use internet explorer
  • Why would I use such a horrible browser? There's a reason I don't use it.
  • Firefox is the horrible browser.
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  • If you don't like the price, then quit using it and don't pay for it when that time comes.
  • Just like cable! er wait
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