Microsoft (MSFT) SkyDrive Hits Over 250 Million Users

Posted May 6, 2013

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that they have hit 250 million users for their cloud storage service, SkyDrive.  Microsoft’s SkyDrive service competes against service like Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

When Windows 8 launched in October 2012, SkyDrive had prominent placement for promotion.  This helped drive an additional 50 million users.  Many Windows Phones devices also come with SkyDrive preinstalled and users are asked to sign up with the account they use to get the phone started.  SkyDrive was made the default save location for the new version of Microsoft Office, which also helped grow the user-base.

“It?s been a very busy year for SkyDrive and we?d like to thank all of you for helping us improve the service through your feedback, tweets, Facebook posts, and comments. The service continues to grow: since October 2012 when Windows 8 launched, 50 million more people have started using SkyDrive, helping us reach an important milestone ? over 250 million people are now using SkyDrive as the new place to save their files,” said Microsoft on the Windows blog.

Microsoft gives SkyDrive users 7GB of free cloud storage to start with.  Plans can be upgraded to SkyDrive +20, SkyDrive +50, and SkyDrive +100.  Each of those numbers designate the number of gigabytes that can be added to the storage service.  SkyDrive currently supports around 94 languages.