With Google’s cloud storage service—Google Drive—expected to debut sometime soon, the SkyDrive team at Redmond is gearing up for an update of their own. yesterday Paul Paliath wrote about some features spotted by Rodrigo Ghedin at GEMIND, these included:
- Paid expansion for SkyDrive
- Desktop clients for SkyDrive
Paul expects a discontinuation of Windows Live Mesh but I believe Mesh will now be superseded as a product by SkyDrive. Mesh won’t be discontinued but the Windows Live Mesh client (for Windows & OS X) will now offer support for SkyDrive folders and be known as the SkyDrive client.
Today, Damaster writing at LiveSide has shared with us some more features quite likely to be a part of SkyDrive’s next update. Here’s what Damaster shared:
- Option to share SkyDrive albums on Twitter
- Short URL for SkyDrive (http://sdrv.ms)
- Support for ODF formats (.odt, ods,odp) in addition to Office formats (.pptx, .docx, .xlsx)
- BitLocker recovery key management
- Remote access to files on your desktop from within SkyDrive (Mesh offers this but let’s just say it doesn’t work)
These are some major updates to SkyDrive as a service and clearly indicative of Windows Live Mesh not being known as a consumer product anymore. The SkyDrive team has been hard at work with the service getting consistent updates.