Windows SkyDrive Says Sayonara To Silverlight, Embraces HTML5
June 20, 2011 at 16:53 PM EDT
We've been hearing a lot lately about consumer cloud services. There's Apple's recently-announced iCloud, Amazon's Cloud Drive , Google's Music Beta (which is your music in the cloud) and, of course, Microsoft's SkyDrive . All of these to one extent or another are moving away from simple online lockers, and we see that today with the release of the latest update to SkyDrive. The navigation is less clunky. Groups are now built in. Docs open up in online versions of Word or Excel, and can also be opened in the traditional desktop Office apps with edits syncing back and forth. But the biggest change is SkyDrive's transition away from Microsoft Silverlight to HTML5 for all but a few remaining features. Photos and videos are all viewed with HTML5, which brings infinite scrolling of thumbnails and a new slide viewer. Videos now use the H.264 format and the video player is HTML5 instead of Silverlight.