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May 14, 2007 at 9:52 AM

Microsoft readying beta of ‘Live Drive’

Microsoft is preparing a test version of a much-anticipated new online service: Windows Live Folders.

LiveSide.net has a thorough look at this pending service, which will allow you to upload files to Microsoft’s servers and then access them from anywhere through a browser. Both Firefox and Internet Explorer will be supported, according to LiveSide’s report.

“This is the ‘cloud storage’ or ‘Live Drive’ that has been rumored for a year or more. Beta should begin soon, but the site is up,” LiveSide.net contributor Kip Kniskern said in an email.

According to Mary Jo Foley, who viewed the Windows Live Folders page before the site was disabled over the weekend, Microsoft is offering 500 MB of storage in the cloud for starters.

The service will offer three folder flavors, allowing users to “keep them private, share them with contacts, or make them public,” LiveSide reports. Here’s a series of screen shots from the service.

LiveSide’s Kniskern guessed that the service will be free with perhaps a premium paid option, but added, “We don’t have any specific public information.”

The service would compete with hosted storage offerings rumored to be forthcoming from Google.

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