Microsoft updates SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 with offline access to files

Microsoft has ousted the internet from cloud-based storage, updating SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 with the one-step ability to make folders and files available offline across all devices.

SkyDrive - which debuted in 2007 as Windows Live Folders - is a file-hosting service from Microsoft that allows users to upload and sync files to the cloud and then access them from a Web browser or their local device.

With today's update to the service in Windows 8.1, users can now make their cloud-stored content available for offline usage. Just pick a file or folder and hit the “Make offline” button. According to the official Windows blog, all file edits will sync. SkyDrive will even fade-out the files not available for offline access.

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Microsoft also detailed on Monday more features coming to SkyDrive, such as placeholder files and file picker integration.

Lastly, since the Build 2013 conference, where Microsoft gave a preview of the latest Windows update, the company has announced that it saw over 3TB of data uploaded to SkyDrive per day from Windows 8.1 users.