Microsoft’s re-christened cloud storage service OneDrive has gone official today, which was formerly known as SkyDrive and the company also brings some competitive offers to the early adopters.
Last month, Microsoft announced to rename SkyDrive as OneDrive, following the six month old agreement with the Sky Broadcasting Group, which holds a Britain trademark for the name “SkyDrive.”
Microsoft introduced some new features to the cloud service like Google Drive and Dropbox, that include a new camera application (available for iOS and Android) to auto-upload the photos to your cloud drive and a real-time co-authoring feature that let you and other users edit shared documents simultaneously.
Microsoft uses the MPEG-DASH transcoding codec so that users can also store, view and share videos as photos. MPEG-DASH transcoding codec automatically learns the video quality and your data speed before streaming.
The existing SkyDrive users and new OneDrive users will get the 7GB storage space and if the user want to upgrade the storage, then he/she can purchase larger space that comes in 3 options – 50GB, 100GB and 200GB.
Microsoft also used the similar tactic used by Dropbox. OneDrive will reward each users extra storage for completing each tasks such as using the camera auto-backup feature will give you 3GB addition. If you invite the users to use the OneDrive, then you will get 500MB for each users who register themselves to the service and this reward has the limit of 5GB, additionally.
Built into the company’s latest Windows 8.1 operating system, user can directly access OneDrive and start syncing. The application also available for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OS X.