Microsoft ending email picture upload support to SkyDrive

Microsoft is once again eliminating support for a small but interesting feature for one of its services. Last week, we broke the news that Microsoft would be dropping support for the MySpace network for Windows Live users. Now another one of our readers, dotf, has posted up word on our message boards of a new email he received from Microsoft, this time concerning the Skydrive cloud service.

The message states:

According to our records, you have opted in to our email publishing feature, which enables you to publish photos to your SkyDrive via email. Unfortunately, we are retiring this feature in our next release, and it will no longer be available for use after April 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please visit our homepage to find alternative ways of uploading photos, and look forward to new and exciting features that are coming in future releases. You may also post any questions to us at www.windowslivehelp.com for additional support.

Microsoft has confirmed this story with us and has sent us a link to a post on the Microsoft Answers web site that explains this decision:

SkyDrive has a feature called Email Publishing that lets you upload photos by sending an email to a special address that you enabled. This feature was designed for people to upload photos when away from their PC – for example on feature phones. With the shift to smartphones, there are now much easier ways for people to upload your photos to SkyDrive. As a result, we are retiring this feature at the end of April.

Going forward, we recommend using SkyDrive for iPhone, SkyDrive for Windows Phone or other mobile apps that work with SkyDrive (e.g. Browser for SkyDrive on Android) to easily upload photos on the go.

Thanks to doft for the tip

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Sooo they are retiring this feature in next release... Plus it will disappear after April 2012... Ergo we'll see new SkyDrive in less than a month? Sweet!

Really when did they send that out I haven't got that email yet maybe it's just to those suckers that are paying for it

That's too bad. This is how my wife sends emails of our daughter to family.

EDIT: Wait, nevermind. I thought it meant the feature in Live Mail that allowed you to "attach" pictures to an email, that really uploaded them to SkyDrive.

Edited by scumdogmillionaire, Apr 6 2012, 1:46am :

rev23dev said,
That's too bad. This is how my wife sends emails of our daughter to family.

EDIT: Wait, nevermind. I thought it meant the feature in Live Mail that allowed you to "attach" pictures to an email, that really uploaded them to SkyDrive.

No, that is not going anywhere. This is a different feature, although both sound very similar.

I still used this so i don't have a lot of apps on my phone. I have limited space on internal memory and it gets taken up quick and some apps won't let you move to SD card. I don't want a 3MB app taking up space for just one thing I can just use a workaround for.

remixedcat said,
I still used this so i don't have a lot of apps on my phone. I have limited space on internal memory and it gets taken up quick and some apps won't let you move to SD card. I don't want a 3MB app taking up space for just one thing I can just use a workaround for.

Next phone, WP7, photo sharing features are built in, no App needed... (Also automated if you choose, which reminds me that I need to clean out some of the thousands of photos in my SkyDrive Camera Roll.)


PS On your current phone, I will assume you have a browser, you should be able to upload your photos by going to http://skydrive.live.com and using the Web interface.