Windows Live SkyDrive, the cloud based storage service for Windows devices, seems to be following in the footsteps of Apple iCloud. After allowing SkyDrive to be synchronized to Windows Phone devices, SkyDrive became a single point sync tool for Windows Phone devices last year, and the introduction of Live Wave 3 increased storage space for the cloud service from 5 GB to 25 GB, and that much cloud storage is available for SkyDrive users now as well.
Things are soon to take a positive turn for most SkyDrive users since with the upcoming SkyDrive, Wave 5 cloud storage will become absolutely free for saving Microsoft documents and pictures, which is somewhat similar to what Apple’s iCloud offers its users. So, as reported by liveside.net, the upcoming SkyDrive service will offer 25 GB of storage space for files that are not Microsoft Office documents or photographs. For these there will be unlimited space.
Along with that, SkyDrive has already reduced the limit on file size of the uploaded document from 100 MB to 50 MB. Nevertheless, with the inclusion of unlimited documents and photo support for SkyDrive Microsoft is looking to give some serious completion to both vendor based and third party cloud storage services.
After the roll out of this there is an expectation that Microsoft might also look into tapping other markets by providing SkyDrive support for Android and iOS powered devices, but that will only come at a later stage.
As of now no final timeline for the roll out has been shared but it is expected that it will be sooner than anticipated, especially since Mango update is on the verge of release.