After the official confirmation that Microsoft’s cloud storage service would be renamed from SkyDrive to OneDrive, all eyes are on when the relaunch will happen, and whether it will include some new features.
The answer to both questions is in positive — a relaunch is coming soon, and with it a few new features, Microsoft has even lined up an exciting new promotion for users to get more free space in the cloud.
While we still do not have a concrete timeline for it, LiveSide.net has posted the first screenshots of OneDrive.com in action. The image above provides our first look at some new features that would be available for all users, including what is being called “co-owned folders”.
Microsoft describes this feature as:
“Co-owners can add, edit, and delete files, and invite people to a folder. You can collaborate with people by adding them as co-owners (to a folder). Co-owners can add folders to their own OneDrive and access it from anywhere.”
The newer leaked builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 show OneDrive integration into the operating system, and in order to further promote the cloud based storage service, Redmond is preparing some gifts.
OneDrive users will soon be able to earn up to 8GB of extra storage by completing basic tasks like referring friends to the service or syncing camera photos. 500MB each for referring up to 10 friends, and another 3GB for syncing photos through the camera roll feature of the OneDrive app.
Windows Phone, iOS and Android users can join in the fun by syncing their camera pictures.
All new OneDrive users will, obviously, get the same 7GB of free storage space, but this additional 8GB of storage space earned will not expire, the abovementioned report claims.