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June 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM

While I was gone: Microsoft reworks iCloud competitor SkyDrive

skydrive.jpgI am back in Seattle after a brief weekend getaway to California. Here is what happened while I was gone.

After Apple announced iCloud a few weeks ago, Microsoft said it overhauled its competitor SkyDrive. SkyDrive is a free Web-based storage place for photos, files such as Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Apple’s iCloud service, which the company charges for, stores music, calendar items and messages in the Web.

The company said SkyDrive now runs faster, and the site has been rebuilt using HTML5.

The site has been redesigned so it looks more like a regular Windows storage folder. Microsoft also removed the ads from the main page.

The news posting emphasizes that SkyDrive has been around for several years. “SkyDrive has been around since 2007 and was simply not built for the modern web,” said Omar Shahine, group program manager for Microsoft, in the blog item, titled “Introducing SkyDrive for the modern Web.”

“Modern” has become a popular meme at Microsoft. Windows division president Steve Sinofsky dropped the adjective several times during his presentation about Windows 8, Microsoft’s next operatiog system, at the AllThingsD conference D9.

Here is the blog item that Microsoft posted Monday about the changes to SkyDrive.

Microsoft has begun rolling out the new SkyDrive but it won’t be immediately available to all Web users yet.

(Screenshot of SkyDrive photo storage: Microsoft)

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