Windows Live SkyDrive is an online service that is offering free storage space for Windows Live users. Every Windows Live user gets currently 25 Gigabytes of storage space in the cloud which can be filled with photos, videos, documents and other files. The only restriction in place is a file size limit of 50 Megabytes per file. Files can be shared publicly which makes them accessible for users without a Windows Live ID.
The free software program SkyDrive Explorer integrates the Windows Live SkyDrive storage space in Windows Explorer. It will display a new SkyDrive Explorer icon in the My Computer menu after installation. A login to Windows Live is required to access the data that is stored in Windows Live SkyDrive. The program will automatically display the login window with options to store the login data for easier usage.
SkyDrive Explorer currently offers the following functionality:
SkyDrive Explorer makes it easier to work with files that are hosted at the Windows Live SkyDrive service. It provides access to some features that are not offered by the web service itself including multi-file-operations like renaming, deleting or copying multiple files or folders. The standard Microsoft library for Windows Live ID services is used which means that the personal information are not passed to the SkyDrive Explorer engine. The traffic between the local computer system and the online storage uses the https protcol to protect against network snooping.
Windows Live SkyDrive Explorer is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The program executables can be downloaded from the developer's website.
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