Windows Live Skydrive Wave 5 overhauled – in time for Windows 8

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As you know, there is intense speculation that Windows 8 will have roaming profiles that are synced with the cloud.

That way, you can pretty much take your profile with you from PC to PC worldwide.

Well speculation is that Windows Live Skydrive will be the cloud backbone behind this.

For those that don’t know, Skydrive provides free online storage that allows you to store, access, and share thousands of documents, photos, and Microsoft Office files. SkyDrive also password-protects your files so you control who has access to them.

With Skydrive you can:

  • Create, view, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online.
  • Easily upload and share photos and videos so you can access them online. Share one file, a whole folder, or a photo album with anyone you choose—including an entire social network.
  • Share with individual people, with groups and networks you belong to, or, if you’d prefer, with no one at all.

You can see more about Skydrive here.

Anyway, there was speculation that the current user interface (v4) was being overhauled.

A reader recently spotted on the official Office Web Apps blog a screenshot of the new Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5 interface.

SkyDrive version 5 new interface

SkyDrive version 5 new interface

The UI looks nothing live Skydrive Wave 4. It looks more like Hotmail.

It’s looking more and more like Windows 8 combined with Cloud Computing and Roaming Profiles will be more revolutionary than most of us thought initially.


Windows 8 roaming profiles


  • Agosto Nuñez

    I wonder if they’ll pre-install the applications back into Windows soon, it would be a major improvement.