Microsoft has just moved its Windows Live SkyDrive online storage offering out of beta, and increased its free storage limit to match AOL’s xdrive from 1GB to 5GB. In addition to the bump in storage space, the service is now available in no less than 38 countries, after it was previously available only to those living in US, UK and India.

Of course, in order to use the service you need to be a Windows Live user. The recently launched service will get you password-protected storage for any file format, with a 50 MB limit on each file. You can create up to 30-top-level folders and as many subfolders as you want, which can be marked as personal, shared, or public.

Though there’s still work to be done – such as integration with Windows and other Live services – 5GBs of free storage space isn't a bad deal at all. You can get yours at the official Windows Live SkyDrive homepage.