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Microsoft upgrades Skydrive to HTML5

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You may have already heard about Microsoft’s Sky Drive. It’s a Cloud service which lets you store your important pictures, music and other documents in “The Cloud”, meaning more storage space on your computer.

Microsoft has just announced that their Sky Drive service has been updated to a new HTML5 version. With the service now supporting the latest HTML5 technology, Sky Drive is much faster and easier to navigate, and images look much better.

In a press release made by the Redmond tech giant, Microsoft explained the advantages of HTML5 with Sky Drive;

“Common tasks and scenarios, like clicking on folders and navigating photo albums will go from 6-9 seconds down to 100-300 milliseconds,”

“We added tasteful animation using CSS3 that brings photos to life and presents them in their original aspect ratio, and with the new best fit grid your pictures are laid out so you can see them all, even panoramas,” they added.

“We no longer have pages in the photo viewing experience; you just scroll the page and quickly see your photos fill in. It looks and feels like a native application.”

Microsoft says that thanks to HTML5, Sky Drive will lay out your stored documents in a simple unified view which takes styling tips from Hotmail.

Most major tech companies are trying to push “The Cloud” and its benefits, with Google already offering web storage for Gmail users and now Apple’s new iCloud service. Microsoft are aiming to unite Sky Drive with their existing Windows Live services, as well as keeping it in line with the web standard by utilising HTML5.

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