Microsoft SkyDrive Now Stores Over 1 Billion Documents
Microsoft announced Friday that SkyDrive has hit a major milestone: there are now more than 1 billion Office documents stored on the cloud service.
SkyDrive has been around since 2007, but it really gained traction at the end of 2011 when Microsoft started rolling out SkyDrive apps for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. The service is also integrated more seamlessly into the latest version of Microsoft Office, which was released at the end of last month.
To help SkyDrive grow even more quickly, Microsoft announced that it will now let users share and edit documents from Office web apps without requiring them to sign in with a Microsoft account. It's not a huge change, but it does remove a restriction that may have stopped some from storing and sharing documents through the service.
While a billion may seem like a lot, the most popular consumer cloud storage service, Dropbox, has more than 100,000,000 users. According to the company's information site, users save one billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours.