Microsoft updates SkyDrive with improved website features

Microsoft's made SkyDrive a big aspect of its ecosystem over the past year and with the start of 2013, the company's making moves to improve the service even further.

In a new post on the official Windows blog, Omar Shahine, group program manager of SkyDrive.com, announced the company is improving sharing and HTML5 features on the SkyDrive website. According to Shahine, the HTML5 improvements will make the website faster across a wide range of devices.

Shahine's blog post highlights three key areas of the SkyDrive website that were improved: an integrated view of sharing permissions, improved selection for touch-based devices and improved drag-and-drop support.


Microsoft has improved the SkyDrive website's sharing features oby moving them to a single location.

In an effort to making sharing files and folders easier, Microsoft's moved all sharing information and features to a single location. Now, users can see who a file has already been shared with as well as a link to any shared files and modify the access privileges of those users from the same screen.

The two improved areas, touch-based selection and drag-and-drop support, will make managing files easier on the SkyDrive website. Much like the Windows 8 interface, tablet users can now select items by swiping to the left or right. Similarly, users can now drag and drop files through the website's location bar – or bread crumb bar – for easier file management.


Users can now drag and drop files through the location bar on the SkyDrive website.

The improvements are being implemented on the SkyDrive website today and should be live for all SkyDrive users soon.

Source: Official Windows Blog | Images via Microsoft

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Why? It already was very handy. I stopped using Dropbox a while ago.
Also... the 25Gb of free space was a very nice gesture ;-)

When do we get some choice regards colour like Outlook.com?

Skydrive looked better before without those glaring blue strips everywhere.

Skydrive is nice. The one thing that still scares me though is how they dig through your files. If you have any elicit photos on there they delete your account. I understand it's a free service but come on.

skydrive is one of the apps that actually works well in windows 8 from the MSFT home team. that and bing travel. mail/calendar/messaging as well as music/videos are in a pathetic inmature state.

Nice additions.

In the other hand, basic privacy features are still missing. There is no way to remove entries from the "Recent" collection. Once you read something, you're stuck with it.

SkyDrive has been getting a steady stream of updates which is a good thing, I just wish that the other apps and services followed the same schedule.

Users can now drag and drop files through the location bar on the SkyDrive website.

I've been wanting this in Windows/File Explorer since Vista first came out with the breadcrumbed location bar...

Kyang said,
Great.

Updates to the Calender would be good too.

Yeah that really blows my mind. Makes it seem as if they don't even use their own services. It doesn't seem that hard to create a new skin for it. A part of me is hoping that this means they're working on something better than a skin but that's wishful thinking.

One day they'll finally catch up with Dropbox and add the more important features such as LAN sync and Delta uploads, without either of those I'd not waste my time with it.

The drag-n-drop support is awesome on Fire Fox (v18.0). Hoping Microsoft makes the File Explorer in Windows 8 more touch friendly, maybe in the Windows Blue (v8.1) release?

Edit: Drop Box's web interface could use a serious update.

If Microsoft was proactive and had done these changes even two years ago, SkyDrive would of been a powerhouse. Still nice to see they care greatly about this product. I wish they would show the same love for the Music and Video app for Windows 8.

ameluso said,
If Microsoft was proactive and had done these changes even two years ago, SkyDrive would of been a powerhouse. Still nice to see they care greatly about this product. I wish they would show the same love for the Music and Video app for Windows 8.

True but they've started to pick up steam. I switched to Dropbox because Skydrive lacked features but since they've ramped up the updates I've switched back (the free 25GB also helped).

For loo long Microsoft believed believed inferior services coupled with Windows would be picked up by the average consumer. Luckily third parties showed them the errors of their ways. I think the Music and Video apps (a.k.a. Xbox Entertainment services) will see massive improvements in the near future. The whole service seemed rushed so it could be online on Windows 8's release. Hopefully they have something competitive by the time VLC has their app out

ameluso said,
If Microsoft was proactive and had done these changes even two years ago, SkyDrive would of been a powerhouse. Still nice to see they care greatly about this product. I wish they would show the same love for the Music and Video app for Windows 8.

SkyDrive is already powerhouse, not sure how it's not? It's very competitive and offers the best interface and integration compared to the competitors.

Also the Music+Videos app is the Xbox Team's fault, not general Microsoft or web services team.

yeah it has picked up a lot of steam in places where it matters big like schools and businesses. i use it personally for school (school doesn't) and really see how useful it is.

Yep, the music and video apps for Windows 8 are cr@p! The good thing is that they're easily upgradeable and not core part of the OS, so I'm hoping better versions in the future

daniel_rh said,
Yep, the music and video apps for Windows 8 are cr@p! The good thing is that they're easily upgradeable and not core part of the OS, so I'm hoping better versions in the future

Give it a rest, you're complaining everywhere about the Windows 8 music app. Call Microsoft about it! This is about Skydrive in case you didn't notice.