Microsoft has released SkyDrive apps for both PC and Mac. These small 5MB clients quickly and efficiently install — within no time, the SkyDrive apps will be installed in your computer. The apps work on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8; however, Microsoft did not neglect the Apple side and does support Mac installation.
Download the SkyDrive app for Mac and PC right now!
For both Mac and PC, the SkyDrive app will modify your Finder and Explorer respectively…thus, it is now easier than ever to upload your computer files to SkyDrive. Simply drag and drop the file to the SkyDrive folder in your Explorer or Finder.
Here are some screenshots of the new app:
In addition, SkyDrive website saw some major modifications:
- Paid Storage( 7 GB free, + 20 GB for $10 a year, +50 GB for $25 year, and +100GB for $50 a year) Note: For current SkyDrive users, upgrade your 7GB to 25 GB for free. A limited time offer.
- Remote Fetching: You can now fetch files from your computers remotely
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In an effort to compete with a ton of information streams and buzz portals, Microsoft has launched MSN Now. Dated for Thursday, February 26, the Software Giant will highlight news buzz in the form of short synoptic clusters of information.
The site showcases the trending topics on the right side, and features a popular story on the left.
Most amazing of all is the real-time analysis of both Bing Searches and Social Updates. Big props on that MSFT!
The body of the site contains a grid of trending stories. A nice image accompanies the synopsis of each story. The layout is clean, intuitive, and easy to navigate.
We learned simplification. We learned in math that simplifying 6/8 becomes 3/4. Yet who would have thought that this math trick would become so important in the tech industry. Everybody from Apple and Twitter to Microsoft and Facebook have realized that products and services must be significantly friendlier lest they daze the average consumer. But how do you go about simplifying something as frustrating as a website error … you get friendlier.
In this post, we will focus on what Microsoft is doing to make websites a bit clearer and friendlier.
simplifying websites errors
It takes some creativity to turn an error into a positive consumer experience. By being friendly and frank, this Xbox websites can convey the error without being technical. Long gone are the “HTTP: 440: Error. Server Application could not be found.” error messages.
Long gone are the days when users are left behind to wonder how to continue their searches… as user, you are left a bit in a daze when a “No results found” screen appears. Luckily websites ( such as this Microsoft Search website) redirect to Bing so the user can continue with their query in hand.
Errors are common. Software often is very error prone because constantly-changing APIs and incompatible software or resources. In the example above, SkyDrive clearly and quickly communicates which files are proving problematic.
simplifying websites themselves
It’s one thing to simplify errors… but that the real meat of the equation is simplifying the actual website… making navigation simple and intuitive and using familiar objects and familiar UI to help people find their way across a site.
When you need to accomplish a task, the website clearly tells you what you need to do and what exactly is going on. In addition, the message will inform the user of what their following input will do to their task.
In this example, the SkyDrive navigation UI could have used many names to point out the navigation. Instead it chooses friendly names such as “ Recent Docs” “Photos of You” and so on… this gives the user the info it needs without him/her to browse a dictionary.
Notice that we are not seeing a century-old BIOS-like dialog box… instead the user is greeted by a pleasing dialog message that clearly and in a friendly way conveys what exactly is going on… whew!!!.. on less thing to yell at.