Microsoft is currently pushing out an upgrade for its SkyDrive for Windows desktop client that users of the service can install on their systems to synchronize files between their operating system and the cloud storage. The update that is bringing the version of the application to 16.4.6003.0710 introduces a new status window that is highlighting the last time files have been updated, and transfer status information when files are transferred between the local host and the cloud.
Especially the latter can be quite useful as a progress report as it is highlighting the Megabytes that have already been transferred, and the files that remain in the transfer queue.
What the status screen fails to display though is an estimate of the time left to transfer all the files. While it is often not that big of an issue, it may be helpful to determine when the bandwidth becomes available for other activities on the computer.
Microsoft furthermore has added a view sync problem entry to the right-click context menu of the SkyDrive icon in the system tray that is only active if synchronization issues have been discovered by the application. A new Report a problem entry has also been added to the help menu to provide SkyDrive users with options to report issues that they are experiencing. This opens a prompt that you can use to go to the forums to get help, and to open the log files of the service to take a closer look at what happened recently.
Lastly, Windows users may also notice that the SkyDrive logo has been updated. According to the official post over at the Windows Team Blog, this has been largely done for the upcoming release of the Windows 8 operating system.
It needs to be noted that the update is listed as beta in the client. Most SkyDrive users are still waiting for a selective sync option that would allow them to select the folders that they want to sync on client PCs.
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