Microsoft Confirms SkyDrive Application for Windows 8

SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage product, will be getting a Metro-style application with Windows 8.Also coming for SkyDrive will be a desktop application for Internet Explorer and the ability to fetch remote files from the Web, the software giant revealed on its Building Window 8 blog. The desktop application will allow easy drag and drop upload and download support for SkyDrive, anywhere access to your data, offline access, and the power of Windows Explorer to manage your files and folders. SkyDrive will also sport a Fetch feature that Microsoft says is much more than just synching cloud files with a PC.

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ReFS, as a next generation file system built on the foundations of the NTFS

ReFS File System for Windows Server 8

In his latest Building Windows 8 post, Steven Sinofsky introduces the Resilient File System, or ReFS, as a next generation file system built on the foundations of the NTFS. By reusing NTFS’ API / semantics engine, ReFS hopes to retain a high level of compatibility with NTFS features. ReFS will only be available inside Windows Server 8. Microsoft has plans to test it fully before making it available to Windows 8 client users. ReFS simply plugs into the storage stack like any existing file systems, and is built on the foundations of NTFS to maintain elements of compatibility.ReFS and Storage Spaces, a feature Microsoft detailed recently, were forged to complement each other for a complete storage system overhaul in Windows 8.

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