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April 19, 2006 at 3:59 PM

Live Drive: Microsoft’s storage service plans

Microsoft’s plans to sell online storage have trickled out for months, but Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie opened the floodgates in an interview published today in Fortune magazine. Ozzie confirmed that the service will be called Live Drive, and that it’s one reason Microsoft is spending a fortune to develop data warehouses around the world.

Mary Jo Foley picked up on the Fortune story and added more details, noting that the subscription storage service was supposed to start last year.

Microsoft actually began selling premium, online storage to Hotmail users in 2002.

Its more recent plans to offer online storage as a subscription service were disclosed last fall when the company presented its services strategy to analysts and reporters in San Francisco. Further details came out when the Office Live service — which includes limited free service and the option to pay for more — began testing in February.

Google’s also expected to start a similar service called Gdrive, which presumably won’t be free.

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