A few hours ago, Microsoft made available for download a new flavor of its SkyDrive application for computers running under Windows, namely SkyDrive for Windows 16.4.6003.0710.
According to Microsoft, most of the changes that have been included in the new version of the application are meant mainly to boost its performance and user experience.
“Most of the changes in this update aren't really visible. Millions of people depend on SkyDrive to automatically sync files, so as with most updates, this one improves performance, reliability, and compatibility of SkyDrive,” Microsoft’s Mike Torres notes in a blog post.
However, the new app iteration
does come with a series of enhancements that will be visible to users, such as a small status window that appears when clicking on the SkyDrive icon in System tray.
This window will provide users with information on whether the application is up to date, and it offers details on when files in the SkyDrive folder were last updated. It also offers a link to the folder, for fast access.
When the app is syncing, users will be provided with info on the number of megabytes and files the user has remaining to sync.
“We’ve also added new options in the context menu that you see when you right-click (“View sync problems” and “Report a problem”) to make it easier to identify and report issues,” Microsoft also notes.
One other visible change in the new flavor of the app is the inclusion of a new logo for the application. Just as previously rumored
, the change in appearance comes in line with the near launch of Windows 8.
“With the upcoming release of Windows 8, the time was right to redesign the SkyDrive logo. The refreshed logo is a natural evolution of the work we’re doing across Microsoft to deliver a more consistent experience across all of our products,” Microsoft explains.
The new logo is set to make an appearance on other platforms and devices as well, the company also said. Moreover, Microsoft partners and developers will also be offered access to it.
The new version of SkyDrive is pushed to those who already installed the software through Windows Update. Those who haven't downloaded it yet can find it on Softpedia, via this link