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Is Microsoft Planning SkyDrive Desktop Apps for Windows & Mac?

In a bid to compete with cloud storage services like Dropbox and iCloud, Microsoft has been making some huge improvements to SkyDrive in recent months, with integration into the Windows Phone operating system, support for HTML5 video, and mobile apps for iOS and Windows Phone.

But it seems there are still a number of features for SkyDrive users to look forward to. Brazilian site Gemind reports that SkyDrive will soon make its way to Windows and Mac OS X via dedicated desktop applications, which will be accompanied by new price plans.

The report features a screenshot from the SkyDrive web interface which gives customers the option to download new clients for Windows and Mac. This is not the existing Live Mesh product, according to Gemind, but a new SkyDrive app.

SkyDrive apps for Windows and Mac

Additionally, SkyDrive is also expected to get revised price plans, which will allow users to purchase more than the standard 25GB of free storage. An extra 20GB per year will cost around $11, while an extra 50GB will cost around $27. The highest price plan offers an additional 100GB of storage for around $54 per year.

Of course, it’s worth noting that those figures are based on the Brazilian prices listed in the screenshot below, and they’re likely to change a little for U.S. customers when (if) the plans go live.

Leaked SkyDrive price plans

The new price plans are sure to please existing SkyDrive customers who are itching to break through that 25GB barrier, and they could also tempt customers signed up to alternative services to give SkyDrive a try for the first time.

What do you think of Microsoft’s improvements to SkyDrive?

[via The Next Web]

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