Microsoft adds ODF support, URL shortening to its SkyDrive storage service

Microsoft adds ODF support, URL shortening to its SkyDrive storage service

Summary: Microsoft has added another bunch of new features to its SkyDrive cloud storage service.


While Google is buzzing about its coming GDrive cloud storage service, Microsoft is continuing to add more features to its competitor, SkyDrive.

According to a tweet from the Microsoft SkyDrive team, the latest set of new features to be added to SkyDrive include:

  • Support for Open Document Formats (.odt, .odp, .ods)
  • Share to Twitter
  • 300MB file uploads in the browser
  • Short URLs ( for Windows Phone images shared to Twitter

Many of these features were rumored to be coming to SkyDrive for the past couple of months, as LiveSide.Net reported back in February 2012.

Microsoft is moving toward combining its Skydrive and Live Mesh services with the next release of Skydrive. (Live Mesh is Microsoft’s Dropbox-like sync service that the company first announced in 2008.) Up until now, SkyDrive has been little more than a Web site where users can save, share and access files and data. The SkyDrive team plans to turn it into more of a real service that will supplement Windows 8, according to a February 20 post on the Building Windows 8 blog.

Microsoft has been stepping up the pace at which it is adding new features to some of its Live properties, like Hotmail and SkyDrive, as of late. But it hasn't been as quick to add interim updates to the set of Windows Live services known as Live Essentials -- which are software plus service add-ons for Windows.

Update: Meanwhile, for those of you who aren't toolbar haters, Microsoft also has a new version of the Bing Bar it is rolling out today. Version 7.1 includes new Facebook chat, Slacker Radio and search suggestion functionality.

Topics: Microsoft, Cloud, Emerging Tech, Operating Systems, Software, Storage, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Sync

    Any news when synched files (via Live Mesh or the upcoming SkyDrive release) will be available on the Windows Phone SkyDrive app? It seems I can only get SkyDrive content, not the Live Mesh there (it's available via link on the web).
  • Love it

    Keep the good stuff coming Microsoft. They really do need to push that fact that their cloud service is robust but I guess they're waiting till Windows 8 release. I see the potential to have all of my windows devices synced. Very cool.
  • re windows live essentials

    Any word when/if they they will return the ability to record audio within windows live movie maker? It is a pain to always record audio in audacity and then import it in.
  • SkyDrive is MS's hidden jewel...

    ...and has the potential to become a totally integrated, seamless, cloud service, bridging the offline world of devices to the cloud world. Users won't have to worry where their data is located.

    Dreaming aloud - the next big step could be the same for apps...
  • how bout some fresh innovation?

    why is microsoft always trailing everyone else with attempts to match the current popular products which never catch on?...they need some real innovation....that's what made them what they are to begin with...since then they just became a factory of attempts to copy the latest and greatest ideas.