Just finished reading an article at Techcrunch that let us know that Windows Live Drive, or as it is now known, Windows Live Folders, is now in beta, or managed beta, as it said in the article. Not sure what the managed part is, but I went straight in with my Live id, entered my password and was uploading files in seconds. Just go to folders.live.com, sign in and you are ready to go, unless I just got lucky and they are letting so many sign up.
The system is very fast, as Microsoft’s sites usually are, I uploaded over 80 megs worth of stuff in a couple minutes, but that was while I was on a very high speed connection, it will be interesting to see how fast it is on my sucky cable connection. The only thing I didn’t like about it so far is the number of files you can upload at a time is only 5, they should AT LEAST increase it to 10 or think about allowing us to drag and drop files and folders into it, like we can using Internet Explorer and ftp sites.
It looks very slick, but, we need millions of people using it to really test out Microsoft’s connections, hehe, so get you a live id, if you don’t have one, sign in and start uploading and sharing your files and lets see if we can stress test this thing. Don’t forget to leave feedback if you think they could improve it.
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A Microsoft developer, named Stuart Padley, apparently posted some info on Windows Live Drive and then pulled the post, a big mistake in todays blog world. This was noticed by Michael Arrington of TechCrunch who posted the following info in a blog post.
Stuart Padley is a Microsoft developer who keeps a personal blog here. He doesn?t post very often (his last post was October 2005), but on Sunday he wrote a post called ?Working on Live Drive?? and says that he was hand picked by Ray Ozzie (or Ray Ozzie?s technical assistant, it isn?t clear) to join ?a small team of renegade hardcore architect/developer/test types? and work on Windows Live Drive. The post was quickly deleted, but was noticed. Source: TechCrunch.
Robert Scoble Called this breaking into jail,
One thing Microsoft will have to learn on its own (I used to play one of the cops internally against people who tried to do stupid things like pulling down posts that pissed off someone) is never pull down posts. Especially if you don?t want someone like Mike Arrington to notice. That?s called breaking into jail, for those of you keeping PR scorecards at home.
Here is most of what he posted,
After a year of silence, I am coming up for air. We shipped SQL Server 2005 towards the end of last year, I was pleased with what we did in that team. However, I was looking for a challange beyond building server software (I had previoulsy led teams/groups that shipped Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Exchange Server 2000). In my search around the company, Ray Ozzie’s Technical Assistant (Kartik) pointed me towards a small team of rengade hardcore architect/developer/test types who had had success in Windows Server land and XBox — who were all united in wanting to tackle a really big problem. So, I moved to this new team, which is all a bit hush hush at the moment, but I guess wikipedia seems to think it knows about it.
I don’t think either of these descriptions are correct. But there are elements of truth. I am very passionate about allowing home users to be able to store and share their digital memories in a seamless, reliable way. It was this passoin which brought me to the team I am working on now. We do have that ‘small team magic’, which is one of the great things about working at Microsoft. Small teams that click can achieve massive amounts, and this company has got the balls (and resources) to back them and make it happen.
There are a bunch of questions I have seen out there which I would like to start answering, so this blog will now focus on the aspects of Windows Live which I am helping to solve.
What did we learn today kids? Leave your posts up, unless you want some extra coverage.