SkyDrive Ambassador Program: Write About SkyDrive, Get Benefits

The SkyDrive twitter account tweeted something interesting on Friday, July 13th about an “Ambassador Program” with a link to a survey. As it turns out, it is a program meant to get the word out about SkyDrive and its practical use in helping simplify people’s lives.


SkyDrive Tweet
SkyDrive Tweet


The introduction to the survey talks about the requirements and they are pretty basic. Of course, you need to have passion and motivation to share their thoughts about SkyDrive. In terms of hard metrics, the program requires about eight to ten posts a year. That’s it.

In return, the Ambassadors become part of an inner circle, so they receive SkyDrive product news as well as possible early releases. They also claim that it will increase the online presence and I can only assume that it will be because those posts will be showcased on SkyDrive/Microsoft websites and linked back to the blog. Finally, the Ambassadors will be invited to conferences at Microsoft’s expense.

However, there are certain conditions. Per Microsoft, they are looking for people using SkyDrive only in the following areas:

  • Real estate (agents, developers or property managers)
  • Sales, business development, marketing (startup or small business)
  • Food Enthusiasts (home cooking, restaurateurs)
  • Parenting (PTA leader, generally awesome Mom or Dad)
  • Education (teacher/professor, tutor, student group leader)
  • Non-Profit Leader

In addition, they are looking for only five Ambassadors, so after submitting the survey, they plan on interviewing the candidates via Skype and five lucky people will end up becoming SkyDrive Ambassadors.

In the past year or so we have seen SkyDrive go from an underrated, underused service with a lot of potential, to the central piece of Microsoft’s personal cloud strategy. SkyDrive now has enough functionality to compete with the darlings Dropbox and Box on paper, so the next step is to overcome the stigma associated with the brand from its past. This idea seems to be a step in the right direction, to get the right “crowd” to see the benefits of Microsoft’s personal cloud from a real user’s perspective.

Are you going to apply? Let me know, and of course, wish you all the best!

A Truckload of Wholesome Updates Confirmed Coming to SkyDrive


After several leaks of upcoming SkyDrive features made the rounds on the internet in the past few days, Microsoft confirmed a bunch of fantastic updates to SkyDrive on their Building Windows 8 blog today.

Let’s look at what was announced in the post by Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive:

  • Metro-style SkyDrive app for Windows 8
  • Windows Explorer integration of SkyDrive
  • browsing of remote computer files


SkyDrive Metro-style App

Browse folders on SkyDrive

In addition, several other items were confirmed:

  • The SkyDrive desktop app is not limited to Windows 8. It will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well. Curiously (and perhaps, deliberately?) no mention of a Mac desktop app, even though the screenshot leaks showed there may be a Mac app coming as well.
  • The post also confirmed that SkyDrive, which offers 25GB free as of today, will have the ability to get upgraded. Obviously, no details were mentioned about the pricing or the tiers, but finally we have official confirmation that we will be able to upgrade that storage, so we can use it meaningfully as a “personal cloud”.
  • SkyDrive was recently updated to handle file sizes of up to 100MB, but in today’s day and age it could be a limiting factor, especially with videos. Today we have confirmation that we will be able to upload files with sizes up to 2GB!
  • With the remote file browsing feature, we also have confirmation that there will be 2-factor authentication required, unless those PCs are trusted PCs.

Finally, because SkyDrive app will be available to any other app in Windows 8 via Charms and Contracts, every app developer now has access to the SkyDrive. Any app which opens and saves documents and photos, will automatically be able to use SkyDrive for the purpose. This will be a wonderful feature for app developers as well as customers, who will have instant access to their SkyDrive files in Windows 8.