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What will make me use SkyDrive


I saw the UI updates from SkyDrive team a few days ago.  It reminded me that I had a SkyDrive account.   I actually used SkyDrive for a couple of years.  It was really never my go-to solution for sharing. 

It didn't have desktop tools. Supporting Mac was an afterthought and in general there was nothing special about it.  In comparison Box.net had great plugins and corporate sharing.  DropBox had a great folder that I could use, but SkyDrive has been kinda neither here nor there.

SkyDrive was also very confusing with Live Mesh and its still competes in a way with Windows Live Sync.

In my test of Windows Phone 7 it was nice to see that you could upload photos to SkyDrive automatically, but again it wasn't really enough for me to say: "wow, I really should move my photos to SkyDrive"

There is one place in my house where I would really LOVE photos off SkyDrive and that is on my XBox.

I've been one of those cord cutters who uses Comcast purely for internet now and my XBox 360 reigns supreme in my living room.  I don't have a stationary desktop and there is no way I am going to create a "home server" which will be collecting dust somewhere in the corner.  My photos are on my laptop, flickr and Facebook.  What would be really killer is if my XBox natively connected to SkyDrive and I could show my friends photos directly from SkyDrive.

User Experience would be very key.  It would be nice if based on my XBox Live ID my SkyDrive photos folder was automatically available and I could easily go and show slideshows from the folders.  XBox is powerful enough to do caching of the images on the local drive and pre-fetching to make slideshows and browsing through folders very simple.

If that was in place I'd use SkyDrive all the time.  I think I am not alone.

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