Windows Live SkyDrive, the online storage service of Microsoft, has left beta status today and is now available for users in 38 countries including the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The limit of 500 Megabytes per user account has been raised to a maximum of 5 Gigabytes which comes closer to services like Aol Xdrive and even Google Gmail.
I'm not able to test the service yet because my country is not yet in the list of supported countries. The maximum file size seems to be 50 Megabytes which should be enough for most users if you consider that the file size limit is 20 Megabytes at Gmail for instance.
Windows Live Sky Drive is firmly integrated into several other Live services of Microsoft. Live Messenger users are for example notified if one of their contacts added a new file to their list of shared files.
It would be nice if someone who is able to join the service would comment on his experience with it.
Update: Microsoft has improved its SkyDrive file hosting service significantly in the past year. Not only do SkyDrive users get 25 Gigabyte of online storage if the yhave been using the service for a while, or 7 Gigabyte if they sign up anew, they also get a desktop client to synchronize files with their systems automatically, and access to an online service that not only lets you download and browse files, but also edit Office documents, view images and more.
SkyDrive has been integrated into Microsoft's newest operating system Windows 8, where the service is used to synchronize user account data between PCs. This provides you with options to sync data such as personalization options between PCs so that they are available on all PCs that you sign in with the account.
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