Microsoft this morning announced a series of updates to its SkyDrive cloud storage service — remaking SkyDrive.com to fit the style of Windows 8; upgrading the SkyDrive desktop apps for Windows and Mac; and detailing plans to release the a new official SkyDrive app for Android devices.
The changes come amid rising competition in the cloud storage market among technology giants and startups. The overhaul and redesign of the SkyDrive apps and services comes in advance of the Windows 8 release in October, which should give SkyDrive a significantly higher profile through its Windows 8 app.
SkyDrive’s Android app will be available in a few weeks, the company said, describing it as similar to the existing SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and iOS. Microsoft says almost 4 million people have used the SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and iPhone.
The company today also announced that more than 10 million people have started using the new Outlook.com email service since the recent unveiling of the preview, which will ultimately replace the Hotmail webmail service.