Skydrive HTML5 site goes live

imageMicrosoft has released a new version of Skydrive , designed to be faster, easier to navigate and a real destination rather than just a background service. 

The site is designed to be optimised for HTML5 browsers, using the latest standards and hardware acceleration.

More interesting is that the upload limit for a single file has been raised from 50 MB to 100 MB, and that the service now supports drag and drop file upload, making it even easier to move files to the cloud.

Besides the updated UI the service has not seen any expanded functionality however, and we hope to see features such as streaming music, proper integration with Live Mesh and APIs for 3rd party developers to really make the service gain mindshare. 

The Skydrive team have posted this official changelog here:

Site

  • New layout, look and feel, and site architecture
  • SSL enabled on all authenticated pages
  • Clean urls (removed most of the junk from the URLs)
  • SkyDrive can now be pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar with jump lists (IE9)
  • Header now says SkyDrive
  • What’s new feed for docs and photos remove
  • Upload file size limit now 100MB
  • Moved to edge-to-edge layout to take advantage of larger screens
  • Reduced size of header to give more room to your content

Photos

  • Brand new photos experience
  • HTML5 video playback
  • Thumbnails generated for H.264 Video
  • CSS3 Transitions for albums and 1-up view
  • Photo album thumbnails now "pulse"
  • Thumbnails generated for all photo sizes (previously limited to 5000px)
  • Support for aspect ratio thumbnails (including panorama)

Docs

  • Icons for PDF filetypes
  • Recent documents includes more items
  • Open in Office Client from SkyDrive now gives you the option to install Office 2010 trial using Click-to-Run technology
  • Performance improvements to the Office Web Apps in IE9
  • Details view now supports touch

Groups

  • SkyDrive groups now appear in the left nav giving you one click access to Group content

The update is live now and can be found at Skydrive.com.

Read more at the Windows Team Blog here.

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