As I’ve learnt moments ago from this post on TheNextWeb, two things are happening. One, SkyDrive app is released for Windows and Mac, and Second and more important if you’re using SkyDrive.com as your free storage of documents, is the free storage is being dropped. For the starters, SkyDrive.com is Microsoft’s cloud offering in which you can store your documents, photos and videos. The familiar folder structure of the Windows PC is present and hence the good experience. As a Windows Phone owner, it’s mandatory to have hotmail id which by default entitles you for 25 GB of free storage on SkyDrive.com. But as just now learnt the free storage is shrinking, and if you don’t act now, only 7 GB will remain as free storage for you account.
Let’s first see what SkyDrive app will do for you. If you’ve used DropBox app in you PC or Mac, you already know the function of the SkyDrive app. It behaves more or less in same manner. You can drag-and-drop files in the app to sync them with SkyDrive cloud storage. You can access files on your SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer. It also enables you to organize the files in your SkyDrive from your PC/Mac itself.
But the real loss for you if you’re using SkyDrive’s free storage is, it will now be reduced to 7 GB. Though it’s more than enough for average Tom and Joey, for the advanced user you will have to shell out extra bucks for using extra space. To be exact, for extra 20 GB you’ll have to pay $10/year and for extra 50 Gigs price is $25/year.
So why not act now and save the free storage of 25 GB which you’ve right now. If you’ll login to your SkyDrive account, you’ll see a note to act on your storage space. This will lead you to storage plans page which will have small prompt to keep your existing storage to 25 GB.
Though this doesn’t seem to be applicable to Indian users as I can see. My Indian account for SkyDrive is now shrunk to 7 GB without any offering to keep it at 25 GB. Not a good move Microsoft! The biggest market of Nokia Lumia phones is India and as it is Windows Phone, users have already got the SkyDrive accounts. Shrinking them to 7 GB without an offer is bad move.
See below storage plans for SkyDrive in USA and India.