Microsoft has detailed its Windows Phone Mango improvements for SkyDrive on Tuesday.
The software giant describes SkyDrive and Windows Phone Mango as the “deepest connection to cloud storage available on a smartphone” following on from Apple’s iCloud and iOS 5 announcements earlier this week. “Windows Phone was actually designed for the cloud from the ground up with SkyDrive,” says Microsoft’s Mike Torres. “The experiences you use every day from your phone have a natural connection to your SkyDrive.”
“We think this type of thoughtful and deep integration of cloud services and devices is what customers want,” said Torres. Windows Phone customers appear to agree, Microsoft says that Windows Phone 7 users already upload 10 times as many photos per month (about 120 photos per month) to SkyDrive than typical users. Microsoft is making a number of improvements available in Windows Phone Mango for SkyDrive users:
- Share photos stored on SkyDrive via email, text or IM – SkyDrive lets you store thousands of pictures in the cloud. You can show them off to friends on your phone in the Pictures hub, and now you can share SkyDrive photos with anyone over email, text, or Messenger / Facebook.
- Share your video on SkyDrive – With Mango, all the goodness you had with photos has been extended to videos. Once you’re finished shooting your video, you can caption it and share immediately on SkyDrive, and the upload will happen in the background while you move on to other things.
- Browse your documents stored on SkyDrive – Windows Phone lets you view folders and files directly on your phone, so when you group things on SkyDrive, you know they’ll be available with the same folder structure on your phone.
- See what’s been shared with you – More than 70% of the folders created on SkyDrive are shared with other people, which makes it all the more important to see everything shared with you on your phone. This pivot view will show you the complete list of documents shared with you, letting you open and edit in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Search your SkyDrive documents – If you store a lot of stuff on SkyDrive, being able to do a quick search is important. In the Office hub, you can easily search across your SkyDrive for the document you need without having to wade through your folders and other files.
Microsoft is also refreshing the SkyDrive web site with a HTML5 look. WinRumors got an exclusive hands on look at the updated look last month. The software giant is likely to introduce the new interface as early as this month. SkyDrive offers 25GB of free personal storage in Microsoft’s Cloud. The online service is fully integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Live ID authentication system and allows users to share and edit documents online. Check-out some of the Windows Phone Mango SkyDrive improvements in our hands on video below.