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August 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

SkyDrive, now with “modern” (not “Metro”) UI

skydrive.jpgSkyDrive now has a new look. It’s based on the clean, spare tile design that’s being used on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and myriad other current and upcoming MIcrosoft offerings.

The company used to refer to that design and UI as “Metro.” But after what was apparently a trademark dispute, Microsoft has stopped using that name. There was speculation that the company would now start referring to the UI as “Windows 8” style or “Modern.”

Looks like maybe “modern” won out — even if with a small “m.”

In an announcement about the update to SkyDrive — which will roll out in the next 24 hours — Microsoft refers to a “new, modern design.”

Microsoft still isn’t divulging details about the pre-launch UI name switcheroo, other than to reiterate its statement from earlier that “Metro” was a code name only. (Even though the company had used that name during many public presentations and it’s still being referred to in company guides for developers.)

As for SkyDrive, in addition to the new UI, the updates being announced today also include:

* A SkyDrive app for Android. (There’s already an app for iPhone and Windows Phone.)

* Performance improvements to SkyDrive for Windows desktop and OS X, including faster uploads.

* For developers, apps built using the SkyDrive API “can now store or access any type of file in a person’s SkyDrive,” according to Microsoft’s Inside SkyDrive blog.

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