SkyDrive in the Windows Explorer (Microsoft image)

The Storage Wars are heating up, but this has nothing to do with television or storage units.

Microsoft this morning rolled out new features for its SkyDrive online storage service, including previews of a new SkyDrive desktop app for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, giving users access to the contents of their SkyDrives from the Windows Explorer interface on a PC.

Microsoft also rolled out new paid storage plans for power users, charging $10/year for an extra 20GB, $25/year for an extra 50GB, and an extra 100GB for $50/year. Free SkyDrive accounts now come with 7 GB of storage and existing SkyDrive users as of April 22 can opt in to get 25GB of free storage.

File storage service Dropbox, which already offers those desktop capabilities, rolled out a new feature that lets people send a link to the files or folders in their Dropbox accounts, making it easier to share files with co-workers, friends and family.

What’s with the frenzy of updates? Google is widely expected to launch its new storage service, Google Drive, later this week.

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  • Guest

    If it weren’t for competitors, would MS ever do anything? They were an early pioneer of this area but as usual lost focus and failed to keep innovating. Only after they’d lost to Dropbox (on Windows) and Apple’s reformulated and vastly improved iCloud (on everything OS X or iOS-based) did we see them finally get off their butts and start addressing the numerous problems with their existing service. How many times has similar played out across MS over the last decade?

  • Guest

    With all due respect, Google Drive has “loomed” since 2004, when Google Mail launched. Not everything engineers do is out of fear of big G.

    Todd, please report the news. Don’t theorize.

    • Guest

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  • Christopher Budd

    The announcement doesn’t go into detail about what their privacy policy is going to be regarding stored data.

    That’s too bad because that’s potentially a competitive differentiator against Google and is a point Microsoft has understandably been hitting on a lot lately.

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