Former Microsoft employee launches third party SkyDrive Windows 8 app

Microsoft has provided a SkyDrive "Modern" UI app for Windows 8 and Windows RT for some time, however the app still lacks some features compared to the Windows desktop app. For example, the "Modern" app cannot currently sync your SkyDrive account down to a local folder on your Windows 8 or RT PC. Windows 8 owners can do this with the desktop app, but if you own a Windows RT device, such as the Surface RT tablet, you are out of luck.

This week, a new third party SkyDrive app made its way to the Windows Store: it's called SkyDrive RT Sync and despite its name it also works on the x86-based Windows 8 as well. The developer of the app is David Overton, who worked at Microsoft for 12 years until he left the company in December.

The Windows Store description states:

At last, you can automatically synchronize your SkyDrive account to a local folder on your Windows or Windows RT device through the Windows Store App interface rather than the desktop. The application does basic file compare to work out which files match and which need updating.

SkyDrive RT Sync also allows for drag and drop support for moving files from your local folder to your SkyDrive account. More information on the app can be found on David Overton's blog. The app costs $1.49 but there is a free trial version as well.

Source: Windows Store | Image via David Overton

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