By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 10, 2013 12:02 PM EST
On Friday, Microsoft announced a massive milestone for its cloud storage service, SkyDrive. According to the announcement, SkyDrive now accounts for over 1 billion office documents, and to celebrate, Microsoft added a new feature.
The new feature brings the ability to share and edit documents on SkyDrive without having to log into the service with a Microsoft account. This means it is now easier for anyone to take advantage of what SkyDrive has to offer without committing fully to the service by creating a Microsoft account.
"For those of you who have tried the new Office, you'll know we made it easy to quickly save your documents to SkyDrive and get a link to share with others-earlier today we made it even easier for people to share and edit documents in the Office Web Apps by not requiring them to sign in with their Microsoft account," says Omar Shahine from the Microsoft blog.
This move is due to feeback Microsoft has acquired about how frustrating it is for students to edit shared documents because of the sign-in requirement. If a document is shared to a particular person and that person does not have a Microsoft account, they would first have to go through the long process of creating one, and not most people have the time to do so when they have other important things to do.
This move has since made SkyDrive more attractive than other competing cloud storage services. If Microsoft raise awareness of this new feature properly, the company could see a huge boost in SkyDrive usage, which could ultimately lead to folks creating Microsoft account.