Microsoft has announced paid storage options for SkyDrive, its cloud storage service, and also refreshed versions of SkyDrive apps.
It’s not all good news, though. SkyDrive freebie users are having their allowance cut, so if you join the service now, you only get 7Gb worth of storage as opposed to 25Gb previously.
Existing users (who have uploaded at least one file) can “opt in” to keep their 25Gb limit. All you have to do is sign in to your Windows Live account, and you’ll be presented with the option of a “free upgrade” back to 25Gb.
Microsoft reckons that only 0.06 per cent of SkyDrive customers use more than 7Gb of space, which is why the firm selected this as the limit.
SkyDrive representatives wrote in a blog post: “Since the current base of customers using SkyDrive tilts towards enthusiasts, we are confident that, as we expand the range of people using SkyDrive, this 7Gb free limit will prove to be more than enough for even more people.”
In terms of the paid storage tiers, you can add 20Gb for £6 per year, 50Gb for £16 per year, and 100Gb for £32 per year.
Furthermore, a new SkyDrive for Windows preview has been pushed out, compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the Windows 8 consumer preview. It creates a SkyDrive folder on your PC, and that stays in sync with your storage account in real-time, so changes made via other devices are immediately registered.