We’ve all witnessed the rapid proliferation of devices in our lives over the past few years, and I don’t know about you, but my files are also increasingly scattered—from my phone to my home PC, to my tablet. And these files are pretty important—my family pictures, financial documents, term papers, etc.
With SkyDrive built right in to Windows 8.1, we’ve made it really easy to always have your files with you; and for many file types, SkyDrive is the default location for saving your files. We didn’t want you to worry about filling up your hard drive, so we invented smart files to allow you to access your entire SkyDrive from your device, without actually having to store everything locally.
However, the number and size of these files also keeps growing and growing. I’m now in the habit of capturing a few gigabytes of photos on my phone each year, many more on my Fuji X-E1 camera, and I have even more at home on my PC. So we also want to make sure that your total SkyDrive storage space can keep growing in parallel. So today, we are happy to introduce a new storage option to add 200 GB of additional storage to your SkyDrive for $100 per year.
Just to put that in context: 200 GB is enough space to take a photo, every hour, from the moment someone is born, to the day they graduate from college.
To help people get the most out of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, customers purchasing either device will receive 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for 2 years, free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for 1 year, and unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hot-spots worldwide for 1 year. To learn more, see the Surface announcement.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about the ability to put even more of your files on SkyDrive with up to 200 GB of additional storage, and about the new Surface 2 devices that will come with this additional storage for free. We look forward to continuing to improve the SkyDrive experience and hearing what you think.
- Omar Shahine, Group Program Manager, SkyDrive.com