Microsoft adds a way to select which files to sync in SkyDrive

Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud data storage service has apparently been growing by leaps and bounds. Today, the company announced that just in the last six months, SkyDrive subscribers have doubled the amount of storage space they use on the service.

The official SkyDrive blog also announced - along with a handy video - a new feature for the SkyDrive sync apps for Windows, Windows Phone, Mac and Android that will help people who just want to sync of a portion of their SkyDrive files to their device. The blog states:

With today’s release, you can now select which folders from SkyDrive are synced – making it easier to use SkyDrive with laptops or tablets with small drives. You’re in control. If you’d like to keep all your photos and documents in SkyDrive but only sync a folder of your most important documents to your laptop, you can do that – even if your desktop is syncing the full set. You can choose specific sub-folders to sync as well; you aren’t limited to your primary SkyDrive folders.

The new update also allows users to share SkyDrive files to social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook directly via the File Explorer. The blog states, "Now, whenever you’re ready to share a file or folder, you can just right-click it and select Share. Your default browser will open right to SkyDrive.com and you can share your folder or file right from there."

Source: SkyDrive blog

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i been using dropbox, google drive, amazon clouddrive and skydrive the past month to decide the best for me and skydrive won.
1. Very nice, minimal, modern, neat UI.
2. 7GB of space (most of the other services ~5GB) and i have to confess here i use a 'trick' for more space.You see. i have 3 microsoft mail accounts, connected together by microsoft's "link accounts" option and so i use 3x7GB of space (21GB[!] of cloud space, for free) muhaahahahahahahahah...ok!
3. Get links to share the files on facebook, by emails, public, etc.
i think, skydrive, simply rocks at the moment!

I'd still like to see this as a cloud drive, where I can view all of the folders in it like I would in My Documents, but nothing is actually on my system itself unless I open that file or chose to copy it to my system.

At the moment all of these cloud options are sort of semi-cloud. I can sync some things and not others which is great, but I've still got a copy on my hard-drive, and if I upload then chose to unsync that folder/file its in the cloud, but I can't click on the SkyDrive (and this applies to Google and Dropbox as well which I use) and see a faded version of that folder for example showing its exists but isn't on my hard-drive. This is a feature I'd like to see.

And a nice notification in the tray when I got home to let me know it was updated and what the new feature was. Nice. Office 2013 integration is very nice as well on Desktop and Surface RT. Well played, MS, well played.

I'm not sure I understand this update. It lets you pick which folder to sync and which to not sync, but if you don't want to sync a folder, why place it in SkyDrive?

Is this feature so that docs in SkyDrive aren't synced down?

What I would really like is the ability to sync between PCs w/out first having to upload to the cloud, but hopefully that'll come soon.

A340600 said,
I'm not sure I understand this update. It lets you pick which folder to sync and which to not sync, but if you don't want to sync a folder, why place it in SkyDrive?

So that files that you don't need local copies always can just stay on the cloud and not be synced some of your devices with limited storage.

grayscale said,

So that files that you don't need local copies always can just stay on the cloud and not be synced some of your devices with limited storage.

Oh, so it would be like the old SkyDrive before syncing was added. Yeah I have a few files that I don't need on my local machines but like having access to the on the cloud. Cool!

A step in the right direction... however, still not quite the same functionality as Mesh which allowed you to Sync any folder on your computer - unless I'm wrong, this update to the Skydrive app only allows you to choose which folders you sync, as long as they are *within* the SkyDrive folder on your computer?

GreatMarkO said,
A step in the right direction... however, still not quite the same functionality as Mesh which allowed you to Sync any folder on your computer - unless I'm wrong, this update to the Skydrive app only allows you to choose which folders you sync, as long as they are *within* the SkyDrive folder on your computer?

Yes, that's how it works.

that's good, but we also need easy way to share files from skydrive by copying direct URL of the file, like Dropbox can.
Also I would like to have Mesh features back please. I know MS don't want us to use SkyDrive as means to backup important documents and projects, then why don't we have PC-to-PC syncing back? That way I could backup my projects (that wouldn't fit to even 25GB could anyway) on my own, like I used to do before Mesh was gone.

dbphillips said,
This needs to updated for Windows Rt. The 32 Gb Surface I have would really benefit from this.

The RT app is only a viewer and doesnt download content unless done manually so this really isnt needed on an RT device.

WOW!!! I have no idea why you would use anything besides Skydrive now. This was the last feature holding me out from converting from Dropbox!! So excited. The Skydrive UI is absolutely fantastic.

Ryan Hoffman said,
WOW!!! I have no idea why you would use anything besides Skydrive now. This was the last feature holding me out from converting from Dropbox!! So excited. The Skydrive UI is absolutely fantastic.

One more thing! Right click > Copy public link
THIS IS THE ONLY THING I WANT AND I WILL USE YOUR SERVICE MICROSOFT!

actually there is this option, right click>share>get-a-link
and you can get a "View Only" link, "View and Edit" link, and or "Public" link, among to "Post to facebook etc." or "send email"

tomasse said,
actually there is this option, right click>share>get-a-link
and you can get a "View Only" link, "View and Edit" link, and or "Public" link, among to "Post to facebook etc." or "send email"

Just tried it. Disadvantages: requires 4 clicks (5 + waiting if you want a manageable URL) vs Dropbox's two, not a direct link (there's one more click required on the recipient side to download the file, not to mention they have to load the viewer crap first)

Really glad to see this, I've been missing this feature ever since they discontinued Live Mesh.