Free 5GB web space

Continuing their ‘if you can’t beat them, shamelessly copy them’ policy, Microsoft have released SkyDrive, a free to use 5GB web based storage facility. It’s actually not bad, which won’t surprise you if you get on as well with the newer version of Hotmail as I do.

So what does it do? Well, it allows you to upload data in 50MB chunks (so sharing larger files is awkward). Your data can be stored in a variety of folder types: personal, shared and public. I’m sure those names are fairly self explanatory, but I’m going to drone on about them anyway.

Personal folders are accessible only by you. There are four by default, rather unsurprisingly called Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos, but you can create as many custom folders as you like. More interesting are the other two types. Shared folders are open to your MSN friends, either one, a selection or all, and each friend can be set as a reader or an editor. Public folders are viewable by anyone, either by link or by embedding in a web page.

The uploading itself seems fairly swift on a 1MB up line, and there’s even a bouncy ball game to play while you wait. Cute.

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