Microsoft to turn SkyDrive into an application

Microsoft has an estimated 100 million users of its SkyDrive “anywhere access and sharing” service today. But the company knows it needs to do more to help users understand what it is and how best to use it.

That’s according to Brian Hall, General Manager of Internet Explorer and Windows Live, who spoke at the Cowen and Company Annual Technology Media & Telecom Conference on June 2. (I listened to a Webcast of his session.)

“We need to turn SkyDrive into a destination application,” while keeping the underlying Skydrive infrastructure, Hall said during a Q&A session following his prepared remarks.

He cited as an example a SkyDrive application for the phone that would allow a user to see all information — files, photos, Office Web Apps documents — that they stored in their 25 GB of free cloud storage available with SkyDrive. Currently, Hall acknowledged, it’s not always easy for current and potential SkyDrive users to figure out what they’ve stored there.

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