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Are Native Apps, Paid Tiers Coming to SkyDrive?

A Brazilian tech blog claims that Microsoft will be creating native SkyDrive applications for both Windows and Mac OS X, and burnishing the cloud storage system with paid tiers of up to 100 GB per year. I've not independently verified these claims, but given that SkyDrive will be deeply integrated with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the claims bear examination.

This shot shows a web-based advertisement for Windows and Mac OS X client downloads for SkyDrive:


And here is a screen with offerings for 20, 50 and 100 GB of additional storage (Microsoft provides 25 GB for free).


There's a suggestion in the post that the artificial division between SkyDrive and Windows Live Mesh (which offers a separate 5 GB of storage) is also ending, which also makes sense but isn't further explained.

So is it real? I hope so as each of these points neatly solves SkyDrive's main issues today. Cross your fingers: This looks like the SkyDrive many, myself included, have been waiting for.

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