New HTML5 Skydrive website launched

Microsoft Windows Live team has just the new HTML5 based Skydrive web portal today which will finally put an end to totally messed up UI and UX that was the previous iteration of the service. hitting www.skydrive.com will finally allow users to view and edit all of their uploaded content (photos, video, Office docs etc..) in on single place and the new HTML5 based website blazing fast making the whole experience much more enjoyable than before..

- We improved many core tasks and scenarios. For example, clicking folders and navigating photo albums will go from 6-9 seconds down to 100-300 milliseconds, and we took advantage of hardware accelerated graphics to make it fast to click through photo slideshows. We’ll address additional core tasks in the future.

- We focused on building a site powered by HTML5 so that we could include advancements like HTML5 Video, CSS3, and client rendered experiences, as well as making sure our slide show experience was great in all browsers without any special software.

- We evaluated and removed anything that slowed the experience down or got in the way of a fast, clean site.

- With Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, you can pin SkyDrive to your taskbar for faster access to your files. You can create Word, Excel, or PowerPoint docs stored in the cloud in just one click.

Here’s a video tour of the new website site:

Unfortunately everything is perfect yet. The single file upload size limit is still only 100Mb (up from the previous 50Mb) and moving files from one folder to another is in some cases impossible. Also note that video shot and uploaded from a Windows Phone 7 Mango device are located in the Mobile Uploads folder instead of the Camera roll.

source: Microsoft

  • Anon

    The other day, I took a photo using my Samsung Focus and then chose to Upload to Skydrive, and when I went to the web, I was kinda perplexed as to why it was in Mobile Uploads (and had a link to share the photo with others) rather than in my Camera Roll with all my other pics I’d uploaded. This must be why.