Microsoft joins April Fool's with "faster" SkyDrive

April Fool's Day is an excuse for a number of tech companies, even major ones, to take some time and have some fun. Microsoft is no exception to this rule. Today the company updated its official Windows Live blog to alert the world to a new version of its SkyDrive cloud server service, SkyCMD.

Yes, Microsoft has come up with a way to access SkyDrive without the need for modern technology like a touch screen UI or even a mouse-keyboard setup. Nope, that's all done away with when using SkyCMD. Now all you have to do is head to the service's web site and type in commands the old fashioned way.

Once there you log in to the service with your real Windows Live password (you have to tell your web browser to not block pop ups first) and then you ready to explore SkyCMD. You can even turn the commands green to really get that early 1980's MS-DOS look and feel. For what it's worth, the SkyCMD April fools is actually a fully working version of the services API, so you'll learn something along the way, too.

Microsoft claims that their "entire SkyDrive engineering organization" has been working on SkyCMD for the past few months. We doubt that, but the company did go ahead and releases the source code for this April Fool's joke just in case anyone was interested in replicating their efforts.

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And it doesn't work in Firefox, of course. (My version at least)

A bunch of Microsoft's stuff fails to work in Firefox, forcing me to open IE to use it.

Seems neat, but that simple thing just turned me off.

DAOWAce said,
And it doesn't work in Firefox, of course. (My version at least)

A bunch of Microsoft's stuff fails to work in Firefox, forcing me to open IE to use it.

Seems neat, but that simple thing just turned me off.

What version of Firefox are you using, I have yet to find any Microsoft site fail on a non-IE in about 7 years.

Especially in the last few years where all Microsoft site updates are 'strictly' required to be HTML5/CSS3 and not deviate.

Simple and funny, however, it using the simple SkyDrive APIs that were released not too long ago, and is fully functional. (Also a good demonstration for anyone that is wanting to write their own Skydrive App or integration into their applications.)

The funny is that there will truly be people that will 'like' and use this, because the GUI browser access is just too fancy.

...is this April Fools or what? Because they did release the source code so technically (since someone was bitching) you can make a OSX client using this....In some way.

htcz said,
...is this April Fools or what? Because they did release the source code so technically (since someone was bitching) you can make a OSX client using this....In some way.

It actually is a functional client, and any Mac developer could write a native OS X client in a matter of minutes using the Skydrive APIs, just like this Web App uses.

There also isn't technically a Windows client either, so not sure why they think OS X is the only one left out. Everyone uses Skydrive with a browser and HTML5.

I see "SkyDriveCMD" and even "SlyDriveCMD". Has (proof-)reading gone out the window? And yes, I did report the mistakes.

Awesome, pretty similar to the CLI interface to a social networking site I made! Would be happier if more sites did this.

Love how it works
Just can't get it to actually get to any files as it won't recognize file names or folders with spaces in. Can't use quotes either.

Possession said,
Love how it works
Just can't get it to actually get to any files as it won't recognize file names or folders with spaces in. Can't use quotes either.

They should have added support for quotes or underscores. The navigation is fast and work well

Possession said,
Love how it works
Just can't get it to actually get to any files as it won't recognize file names or folders with spaces in. Can't use quotes either.

Double Quotes do work, and if you use 'Tab' for AutoComplete, it will through the folder name in for you and put the double quotes on it properly.

thenetavenger said,

Double Quotes do work, and if you use 'Tab' for AutoComplete, it will through the folder name in for you and put the double quotes on it properly.

Just starting my day, and was like, really, I typed 'through'... (Laughing at myself)

thenetavenger said,

Just starting my day, and was like, really, I typed 'through'... (Laughing at myself)


It would actually form a nice verb. I'll through this cover on that box, k? I just want to through a letter in that word!

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

You mean how Apple shares the love with Windows clients?

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

That's what you get for not using windows.

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

OK, let's suppose that they did write a Mac client. Would you use it? Would you stop using iCloud because the only thing keeping you from using a Microsoft service is because there is no desktop client? Or is this just a way of putting out false outrage?

And if this is such a waste of time, wouldn't writing a Mac client be even more of a waste of time? After all, there will possibly be more people going to this joke web site than there are total users of OS X.

At the end of the day, Microsoft cloud services are good enough that Apple actually used it to implement their layer on top of it. Apple couldn't implement their own (Were they lazy? Devs not good enough? No confidence in their own OS to setup their own service?) and so they turned to a company who actually can get things done right.

So much hate. Where's the love, guys?

I agree, would be nice to use SkyDrive on OS X. Until then, Dropbox is a good alternative.

Simon said,
So much hate. Where's the love, guys?

I agree, would be nice to use SkyDrive on OS X. Until then, Dropbox is a good alternative.

You are right, we should spread the same "love" that pepper did.

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

Wow, really?

Did you look to see how BIG the source code is for this? Something that using the SkyDrive APIs could be written in a maybe an hour.

More importantly, do you realize that 'technically' there is not a 'native' client for Windows either, right?

Windows has Live Mesh and Office Document integration, but beyond that, it is all browser access. And since Mac Office also has Document integration http://www.microsoft.com/mac/webapps the only difference is Live Mesh Sync features.

There is a native client coming for OS X, Windows 7, Windows 8 Metro, Windows 8 Desktop.

As for being left out, there is already a native Skydrive App for iOS if I remember correctly. WP7 has basic Skydrive integration built in, and a dedicated version of the SkyDrive App like iOS has, just as one is also available for Android.

So this is where I should ask, where are the iCloud native Apps for WP7 and Android? Where are the Apple Apps for WP7 or even Windows for anything beyond iTunes and Quicktime?

So, I really don't get if you just want to complain or if you do not realize you can use Safari and get the same functionality that Windows 7 users, with the exception of Live Mesh Sync.

However, here is a tip Mac users and Windows users can utilize...

SkyDrive is accessible using good old WebDAV, so on OS X, Linux and Windows, by using your unique ID with login, you can literally just add Skydrive to Explorer and Finder.

Your angst is so wrong and misplaced on so many levels, I'm not even sure my response covered all of them.

thenetavenger said,

Wow, really?

Did you look to see how BIG the source code is for this? Something that using the SkyDrive APIs could be written in a maybe an hour.

More importantly, do you realize that 'technically' there is not a 'native' client for Windows either, right?

Windows has Live Mesh and Office Document integration, but beyond that, it is all browser access. And since Mac Office also has Document integration http://www.microsoft.com/mac/webapps the only difference is Live Mesh Sync features.

There is a native client coming for OS X, Windows 7, Windows 8 Metro, Windows 8 Desktop.

As for being left out, there is already a native Skydrive App for iOS if I remember correctly. WP7 has basic Skydrive integration built in, and a dedicated version of the SkyDrive App like iOS has, just as one is also available for Android.

So this is where I should ask, where are the iCloud native Apps for WP7 and Android? Where are the Apple Apps for WP7 or even Windows for anything beyond iTunes and Quicktime?

So, I really don't get if you just want to complain or if you do not realize you can use Safari and get the same functionality that Windows 7 users, with the exception of Live Mesh Sync.

However, here is a tip Mac users and Windows users can utilize...

SkyDrive is accessible using good old WebDAV, so on OS X, Linux and Windows, by using your unique ID with login, you can literally just add Skydrive to Explorer and Finder.

Your angst is so wrong and misplaced on so many levels, I'm not even sure my response covered all of them.


There is in Windows 8, and technically the Live Mesh app is a skydrive client.

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

Don't care, I have SkyDrive on my iPod Touch

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

Really, I first thought that was sarcasm. Glad there's an 'Unlike' button.

Still find it hard to believe that you're being serious. Do you really think a company represents 1 person or what?

SharpGreen said,

There is in Windows 8, and technically the Live Mesh app is a skydrive client.

If you are not even reading/comprehending the post, why are you responding to it?

Windows 8 has the Metro SkyDrive 'Preview' App, not the full SkyDrive integration client, that also includes the desktop integration features, and the additional SkyDrive functionality in Metro is not even fully active. (And this is a not even a BETA OS yet, so it has relevance how?)

Live Mesh is NOT a SkyDrive client, it is a folder Synchronization tool that uses a 'subset' of Skydrive called Synced Folders to store content.

Live Mesh DOES NOT allow you to view or add to any of the SkyDrive folders, only the subset 'Sync' folders that are provided to your Skydrive account through a separate 'Shared' metaphor as they are stored outside the SkyDrive account structure.

As for a native client on Mac, write one. It would take a few minutes even in freaking the insanely horrid ObjectiveC and Cocoa using the Live SDK that exposes the SkyDrive API.

So the only thing missing on the Mac is the ability to Sync to the subset 'shared folders' that are NOT a part of the SkyDrive folders.

Which if you are a Mac user, why would you even want this, are you wanting to automatically sync your IE Favorites to your Mac for some reason? Really?

Wow, grasping for straws, a bit?

Cøi said,

Really, I first thought that was sarcasm. Glad there's an 'Unlike' button.

Still find it hard to believe that you're being serious. Do you really think a company represents 1 person or what?

Your first thought was correct, its fun watching all of you revolt over a comment.

sexypepperoni said,
Yet no native client for OSX. Microsoft should stop wasting their time on jokes and focus on actual stuff that will be used.

Don't worry, dude. I got it and through it was funny .

McKay said,

You mean how Apple shares the love with Windows clients?

iTunes? iCloud? Safari? Hmm.... yup, all on Windows. In fact iCloud is on Windows Vista but not on Snow Leopard... who would have thunk it?

sexypepperoni said,

Your first thought was correct, its fun watching all of you revolt over a comment.


Oops sorry, I was wrong following/believing the other people then, I guess.