Microsoft is pushing out an update to its SkyDrive app for Windows and OS X Lion. A blog post by Group Program Manager Mike Torres lists what’s in it. Mostly, the updates app contains bug fixes and performance improvements so that changes sync more quickly between devices, including SkyDrive.com. For Mac users, SkyDrive no longer plants a useless icon in the dock.
One feature will be available only if you are using the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview, which should be available tomorrow, May 31: “Right from the Photos app in Windows 8,” Torres says, “you can fetch photos stored on your other PCs that have SkyDrive installed – no matter where you are or how many terabytes of photos you have stored on the PC you are accessing.”
And although the current SkyDrive storage limit of 150,000 files might sound like a lot, it’s definitely a showstopper for some users, especially developers. So in the new release the number has been bumped 10 million. If that’s still not enough, please fill me in on how you’re using SkyDrive.
The update will be delivered automatically sometime in the next week. If you can’t wait, you can force the update for Windows by going to the SkyDrive apps page and clicking Get the app. That will install the latest version of the app over the existing version, no uninstall required. To confirm you’ve got the latest bits, right-click the SkyDrive tray icon, click Settings, and look on the About tab, where you should see Version 2012 (Build 16.4.4111.0525).
Mac users might have to wait a few more days. When I checked this morning, the SkyDrive app for Mac was still delivering the old (April 2012) version.
And yes, it’s still a beta.