Microsoft Skydrive slams browsers

November 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

It looks like an update to Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage system is wreaking havoc for users of certain browsers, specifically the Opera browser.  It seems like the update results in the unintentional delivery of a massive number (2MB worth) of null characters, a story we saw first in the My Opera user forums.

The posting details the SkyDrive problem and includes useful screenshots.  Other coverage of the problem (from Hacker News and The Next Web) noted that while it was clearly a case of poor coding and/or “netizenship” on the part of Microsoft, this crashing and freezing highlights flaws in the way Opera itself is designed (still uses one process for all tabs, allowing a problem in one to affect all others).  Notably, the problem does not appear to affect other browsers similarly and Opera accounts for less than 2% of the overall browser share.

Anyone else noticing odd behavior?   Or have information on a time line to resolution?

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