Microsoft announces the worldwide launch of its personal cloud storage service, OneDrive

Microsoft Corp. announced that its free, personal cloud storage service, OneDrive, is now globaly available.


The new OneDrive, formally known as SkyDrive, offers new features, such as improved video sharing and newly updated apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Xbox. The first 100,000 customers who access their OneDrive account after the launch will receive an additional 100 GB of complimentary storage for one year (customers will receive a notice if they are among the lucky 100,000).

OneDrive offers 7 GB of free storage — the equivalent of more than 7,000 photos. This way, photos, videos and documents can easily be backed up. It also features automatic camera backup for Android and video transcoding.

Besides the free first 7GB of storage, customers have the option to purchase storage in 50GB, 100GB and 200GB increments.Current customers will be able to use their existing SkyDrive credentials to access their files in OneDrive. Also, clients who refer friends can receive a bonus of up to 5 GB of free storage (in 500MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive. Customers can also receive 3 GB of free storage by utilizing the camera backup feature.

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