Microsoft Reveals New Windows 8.1 RTM Feature

The built-in SkyDrive app will come with new options

By on August 5th, 2013 06:47 GMT

Microsoft has promised to improve some of the built-in Modern apps in Windows 8.1 RTM, and now two engineers working on the SkyDrive tool finally provided more details on these updates.

The SkyDrive app available in Windows 8.1 RTM will come with an option to change the default file saving location, as such settings are completely missing from the Preview flavor of the operating system.

“SkyDrive in 8.1 lets you have way more files on your local machine from your SkyDrive than the amount of storage available - we call them placeholder files -- we saw in the real world that the amount on disk people were using compared to the amount of data they had stored in SkyDrive was < 5%,” Omar Shahine and Mona Akmal, two members of the SkyDrive team, explained in an AMA session on Reddit.

What’s more, they confirmed that a new Windows 8.1 build which packs these improvements is already being tested right now, suggesting that we’re getting very close to the official launch of the RTM version.

“Moving the location of where the files live in 8.1 - we definitely want to give you more choice. It was unfortunate that we couldn't get this into the Windows 8.1 Preview release but it is currently running in the build I have.”

At the same time, Microsoft has promised to keep improving SkyDrive on both Windows 8.1 and on the web, so expect even more features to be released soon.

The web client, for instance, has been recently updated with GIF support, new sharing options, and text editing features, all supposed to allow users to better manage their files stored in the cloud.

“We aim to provide the best SkyDrive experience to all our users. So there's never a design decision to make the experience worse for any user. We will continue to fix bugs that impact people,” the two engineers explained.

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Microsoft has completely redesigned the SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1
   Microsoft has completely redesigned the SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1