SkyDrive is included in Windows 8 as a desktop app

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SkyDrive on desktop

SkyDrive, which is the Microsoft’s personal cloud service, will be integrated in Windows 8 as a desktop app. Some more developments have been revealed by the Microsoft’s official Building Windows 8 blog.

[hana-code-insert name='StumbleUpon' /] [hana-code-insert name='Reddit' /] At this time, nearly 17 million people use SkyDrive to store documents including photos and almost 10 petabytes of user data has been stored.

Now Microsoft has planned to transform SkyDrive “from a website today into a true device cloud for Windows customers,” according to the blog post written by Mike Torres and Omar Shahine, group program managers for SkyDrive.

“With Windows 8, we wanted to make sure that your files would be instantly available and up-to-date as you move between PCs — without configuring add-ons or using a USB drive,” they wrote.

The new SkyDrive app will be available for use from any Metro-style app. The new version will be included in the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 ready for launch on February 29.

“This will bring a file cloud to every Metro style app, allowing you to open files in your SkyDrive and save them right back to your SkyDrive just like you would on your local hard drive,” the blog post says.

Microsoft is also featuring “drag-and-drop upload and download support for SkyDrive, anywhere access to your data, offline access, and the power of Windows Explorer to manage your files and folders.”

Microsoft is also integrating the fetch files feature that will allow getting files remotely from any computer while the user’s desktop is running the SkyDrive feature.

Mike Torres and Omar Shahine has described this as,

When designing the new SkyDrive, we knew not everyone would want to put 100% of their files in the cloud just yet. People are selective, and while some will move all of their files into SkyDrive, others will want to start slowly and use SkyDrive just for roaming some important documents and pictures from their Windows Phone camera roll. Knowing that most people would still have files on a remote PC that weren’t available through SkyDrive, we built a new feature that allows you to “reach across” the Internet to access any file, stream videos, or view photo albums from a remote PC that is running SkyDrive on the desktop. For any remote folder or file, you can also choose to “copy to SkyDrive,” so that you’ll always have it across your devices.