Microsoft has announced today that the free storage amount for SkyDrive accounts will be reduced to 7GB. It turns out that 99.94% of users take advantage of much less than 7GB in their SkyDrive accounts, so most of that space goes unused anyway. If you already are using more than 4GB of SkyDrive storage then don’t worry, you still have 25GB of storage for free. If you are one of the 99% who is using less than 7GB and you have uploaded anything to SkyDrive as of April 22nd, then you have the option to keep your 25GB of storage for free if you sign in here and click the free upgrade. If you’ve never used SkyDrive before, then you’re probably stuck with the new 7GB limit.
Fortunately there are new options where you can expand the storage limits to 20GB, 50GB, or 100GB for a yearly fee.
You’ll also be happy to hear that today a few new SkyDrive apps have been released. Most notably are apps for Windows PCs and Macintosh computers which finally allow you to easily access and sync files from within those operating systems. The updated Windows Phone and iPhone apps now allow you to delete, rename, and move files in your SkyDrive, and access a full set of sharing options for all files and folders. Also, you’ll find a new SkyDrive app for iPad today, which nicely rounds out the SkyDrive availability on all of your devices.
Is SkyDrive more attractive for your cloud storage needs now, or do you still plan on using something else?