Odds are if you're using Windows Phone that you're using SkyDrive, the cloud storage and syncing product from Microsoft. The file hosting service offers users access to their data through a web interface as well as clients for every major mobile or desktop operating system. The desktop clients in particular were released about six months ago and Microsoft has just shared in a blog post that usage has doubled.

Today, the team has also announced a few new features to the service that make using SkyDrive more powerful. Read on to find out what...


Selective Sync

The first new feature detailed by Microsoft is selective sync and it's exactly as it sounds. Users can chose to have a majority of their desktops folders and files sync with SkyDrive, but on a specific device only chose to sync specific selection. This scenario is suited for portable devices, like a tablet, where storage space isn't a luxury. Check the video out below to see the feature in action.

A new way to share and app updates

SkyDrive also has a nifty new way to share documents and pictures. You can now just right-click and select share to send your files, this will open your web browser and from there you can select which method you want to send it. In addition, a few days ago the team released an update for Windows Phone 8 and Android. If you're curious about the Windows Phone update you can read what's new here. For Android users, they can look forward to:

  • Upload all file types from SD card
  • Rename SkyDrive folders & files
  • Custom sort orders for every view

You can download desktop versions of SkyDrive here or wait for the update to roll out if you're already using it. Windows Phone users can grab it from the Marketplace or use the QR code below.

SkyDrive QR to Marketplace


Source: The Windows Blog