500MB of free online storage that can be private, shared or public.
This has been coming for a little while, and then when it arrived, it was initially only for users in the US. But now, it has been activated for customers in the UK. And this has some really useful applications in education. SkyDrive gives users 500MB of free online file storage - password protected by their Windows Live ID. And they can be stored in private, shared or public folders - allowing you to decide who has access to each folder.
What could you do with it? Well, things like...
Some of the features added to this Beta version are:
Sign up for your personal SkyDrive here
When are Microsoft going to start using CardSpace for authenticating access to their own services? If they don't start using it how can they expect anyone else to take it up? Also are there any plans to make MS Live services a relying party for use with OpenIDs?
You can use live with cardspace today going to https://login.live.com/beta/ManageCards.srf and setting it up.
In addition, the Live ID web authentication SDK was just released http://winliveid.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!AEE1BB0D86E23AAC!908.entry so you will be able to use Live IDs with an increasing number of sites and services as well as use Live ID for your own sites.
Plans to support OpenID with cardspace are well publicised http://www.identityblog.com/?p=668. I'm afraid I can't comment on any plans around OpenID and Live Services at the moment as I don't know if there are any or what they might be.