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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced yesterday that Chrome and Firefox browser extensions made by its partner Attachments.me will simplify the way Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Gmail users utilize its SkyDrive personal cloud-storage service.
SkyDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage service, and access them from a Web browser or mobile device. With Attachments.me’s new Chrome capabilities, Google Gmail users will be able to access SkyDrive files directly from their inbox, as well as save email attachments to and share files directly from their SkyDrive.
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The most recent changes to SkyDrive were born from requests made by Windows 8 app developers who needed “greater flexibility in file types supported by SkyDrive,” according to a post made yesterday on Microsoft’s “Inside SkyDrive” blog.
As Microsoft prepares to release its first new operating system since 2009, the company aims at expanding its personal cloud-storage service to be able to support the new programs and apps that Windows 8 will spawn. But for now, Microsoft’s goal is to make SkyDrive a better multi-platform solution in order to compete with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iCloud, Google’s Drive, and Dropbox.
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