Microsoft have started the rollout of the new version of SkyDrive.

The new version is being built to take advantage of HTML 5.

Some of the performance investments were made in the following areas:

  • 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 they took advantage of hardware accelerated graphics to make it fast to click through photo slideshows.
  • HTML5 focus so that they could include advancements like HTML5 Video, CSS3, and client rendered experiences, as well as making sure the slide show experience was great in all browsers without any special software.
  • They cleaned up anything that would slow down the experience in a browser.
  • 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.

Performance improvements were also made in the following areas:

  • Caching and hardware acceleration – Common tasks and scenarios, like clicking on folders and navigating photo albums will go from 6-9 seconds down to 100-300 milliseconds.
  • Microsoft has taken advantage of hardware accelerated graphics to make it fast to skip through slideshows.
  • All your content in one place including SkyDrive groups – Microsoft has combined all your photos, docs, files shared with you and files in SkyDrive groups into one view.
  • Quick views – Microsoft incorporated navigational elements and a layout that is consistent with Hotmail (Quick Views for recent docs & files shared with you).
  • Information pane – Ads have been removed to create room for a pane of information about your files – so you can take actions such as opening a doc in Word or Excel on the desktop directly from SkyDrive.

Here are some of the new pics from the new Version of SkyDrive..



SkyDrive Groups

SkyDrive Groups

New SkyDrive picture view

New SkyDrive picture view



In addition, here’s a video showing you the new features

It’s going to be interesting to see how seamlessly this integrates with Windows 8.

The possibilities are really exciting…

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • xinu

    Wow, skydrive is so much faster!