Despite all the storage services out there, and I include Google Docs, Amazon S3, Box.net, and DropBox, in these, Microsoft SkyDrive takes some beating. For starters you get a whopping 25GB of free storage, and with the recent Office Live integration, you essentially have the ability to create and edit documents.
Just as with Google Docs, we see a lot of business users use SkyDrive as well as individual professionals / consumers. Like the other cloud platforms we support, we add a lot over and above what you get from Microsoft SkyDrive if you use this with the SMEStorage Cloud Platform.
There has not been an App that supported SkyDrive on the iPhone until we released iSMEStorage, and there has not been an App that allowed you to use your 25 GB of file storage on the iPad until we enhanced iSMEStorage to support the iPad. We’ve put together a video demo below so you can see for yourself.
We’ve supported Microsoft SkyDrive in beta for a little while now and recently Microsoft integrated Office Live into the SkyDrive offering. This enables you to create office files and save them from directly within SkyDrive. We’ve now added support to enable these files to be manageable within your SMEStorage account like all other SkyDrive stored files.
Through SMEStorage you can also choose to create, and edit office documents in Zoho Office and then save them back to your SkyDrive account.
There have been criticisms also about the usability of Office Live within SkyDrive. Using SMEStorage Virtual Cloud File System (VCFS) makes it much easier to work with and manage these office files and also gives you much more choice about how you access them (iPhone, BlackBerry, Linux, Mac etc).
We’ve submitted the iPad version of iSMEStorage to the Apple App Store. We don’t want to say too much about this until its approved but you can it really does add something to the iPad as you can have up to 10 storage clouds in the palm of your hand. As soon as its approved we will publish a fully featured post, but in the meantime there are some images below to whet your appetite !
We’ve released our Multi-Cloud SMEStorage Virtualisation Dashboard today on Google’s Chome extension site. This Dashboard enables you to manage and work with your storage clouds from one view, just like the rest of the SMEStorage Data Access Clients. Up to 10 Clouds can be managed from one Virtual Cloud File System (VCFS) and the data is integrated with some web 2.0 viewers and editiors such as Google’s viewer and Zoho office.
The extension supports: Microsoft SkyDrive; Micrsoft Live Mesh, Google Docs, Amazon S3, MobileMe, RackSpace Cloud Files, Amazon S3, GMail (GDrive), Email (EDrive), FTP, Mezeo Personal Storage Cloud, and WebDav enabled clouds.
Microsoft updated SkyDrive overnight and it is now integrated it with Office Live, meaning you can edit your office documents directly from within SkyDrive. They also changed their authentication and upload mechanism which has means our sync mechanism no longer works with SkyDrive. We are fixing this now and will post an update as soon as this is done.
Update: This is now resolved and you can access SkyDrive as normal via the SMEStorage gateway and data access tools.
We’ve updated the Mac Cloud Drive to beta 3. This resolve an issue relating to Google Docs and Skydrive. When these two cloud providers are first sync’d it is not possible to know the file size. After the files are first downloaded through the SMEStorage platform the file size is discovered and available thereafter. This does not cause problems in other clients but the Mac file system has a problem with downloading what appears to be zero sized files.
We have therefore introduced a fix in this build that enable any zero length files to be downloaded within the file system when using the Virtual Drive. The Mac Drive is available for download on our Labs page.
Beta 4 of the Linux Cloud Drive will be released soon. This will add the ability to share the Linux Cloud Drive as an SMB/CIFS resource via Samba to networks that can mounts SMB/CIFS shares such as windows.
This provides a very easy mechanism to share clouds mounted via the SMEStorage Cloud Gateway to multiple network resources. Many public storage clouds can be shared this way, such as Amazon S3, Google Docs, RackSpace CloudFiles, MobileMe, Mezeo and many more. Importantly, SMEStorage also supports WebDav Resource endpoints which give companies an easy way to share legacy resources within a cloud files system environment directly from the desktop or command line.
The Linux Cloud Drive beta 4 will be released before the end of May.
For a little while now we have had the SMEStorage Firefox Plug-In available as an option to use from the FireUploader tool as provided by Rahul Jonna. This is a great Plug-In to use to be able to bulk upload to any of the clouds we support, including of course Google Docs, Amazon S3, MobileMe, RackSpace Cloud Files, Microsoft Live Mesh / SkyDrive + more.
It has a lot more functionality than that providing the ability to share files by email, get a tinyurl link, use group collaboration and other functions SMEStorage overlays over the clouds.
Imagine if you could use a web browser plug-in like this to sync a local directory up to clouds like Google Docs or Amazon S3. Well now you can ! After registering for a SMEStorage account with the cloud of your choice you can use the plug-in to select a directory and Sync it to a folder called My Syncs on Google Docs, Amazon S3 et al. If you change files, either on the cloud, or on the local file system then then next time you sync, only the changed files will be uploaded or downloaded.
The Firefox tool is one of our oldest plug-ins and is built on the rich multi-cloud SMEStorage API. It is just one of the many data access points that SMEStorage provides into Cloud Storage. It’s been a while since it had an update, and you can download it from our Cloud Tools page.
We’ve updated the Lite Cloud File Manager interface. We know lots of users use this as their entry point into using Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, Google Docs etc as it is quicker to load than the rich Ajax File Manager. The Ajax File Manager loads all the information about the cloud files into one file tree whereas the Lite File Manager only provides information for the directory structure that is currently being used.
User wanted a quicker way to access documents across 1 or more clouds from this interface, as well as a full search capability, ability to access music across all clouds to stream music files whilst browsing, manage business groups etc.
We listened, and the interface has been totally redesigned so we hope you like it !
The recent release of the iPhone iSMEStorage version 1.02 with its support for video uploads to any cloud has been highly publicised and reported upon and it has been video reviewed on a couple of sites. Below is a video review featured on Vodpod.
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