Microsoft's OneDrive launch rumored to include co-owner file support

Co-owner file support, which has been rumored as coming to Microsoft's SkyDrive for several months, may soon be added as part of the rebranding of the cloud storage service to OneDrive.

Liveside.net, which has broken a number of stories about upcoming features for SkyDrive, has posted what it claims are the first screenshots of the OneDrive.com website. They also show off a feature that's not currently a part of SkyDrive which will allow users to give other people "co-owner" access to files.

The article quotes a Microsoft explanation of this feature, saying:

Co-owners can add, edit, and delete files, and invite people to a folder. You can collaborate with people by adding them as co-owners (to a folder). Co-owners can add folders to their own OneDrive and access it from anywhere.

So far, Microsoft has not announced plans to introduce this feature into OneDrive. The company has also not given any guidance on when the switch over from SkyDrive to the new OneDrive branding will begin. However, the recently leaked builds of Windows 8.1 are already using the OneDrive branding, which may indicate that Microsoft will rename the service by no later than this spring.

Source: Liveside.net | Image via Liveside.net

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Managing users and sharing folders has not been SkyDrives strong suite. Dropbox somehow seems simpler and cleaner.

The windows 8 app is also confusing. When you use a share charm on a folder of pictures for instance, it will attach the pictures and not a link.

I'd like to see Microsoft continue to reduce the numbers of clicks to share, and create beautiful functional interfaces to manage these permissions.

The lack of any integration between sky/one drive and mail is really disappointing... If I want to save an attachment to my drive, I have to download it, then upload to the drive.. wtf! Even gmail has had the ability to save attachment directly to gdrive... Really frustrating that such a basic and obvious feature is still missing.

DrScouse said,
The lack of any integration between sky/one drive and mail is really disappointing... If I want to save an attachment to my drive, I have to download it, then upload to the drive.. wtf! Even gmail has had the ability to save attachment directly to gdrive... Really frustrating that such a basic and obvious feature is still missing.

agreed, although SkyDrive (and the rest of the cloud suite) have seen constant updates and new features since birth, nothing says this wont come at some point but i get the feeling they are focusing on keeping everything speedy rather than just throwing features at it as fast as possible.

I'm happy with the progress though, by the looks of recent rumours and leeks we're due a slew of additional functionality soon, I'm guessing when one drive rebrands it will all be released and marketed like crazy.

DrScouse said,
The lack of any integration between sky/one drive and mail is really disappointing... If I want to save an attachment to my drive, I have to download it, then upload to the drive.. wtf! Even gmail has had the ability to save attachment directly to gdrive... Really frustrating that such a basic and obvious feature is still missing.

You mean the Windows 8/metro mail app? If so then yeah I agree but if you're using some other app that lets you set the default save location for files then it's easy to just set it to be a OneDrive folder. Like how all the Office 2013 apps can be set to default to the Onedrive documents folder. I'm pretty sure even Outlook 2013 can be set like that as well.

DrScouse said,
The lack of any integration between sky/one drive and mail is really disappointing... If I want to save an attachment to my drive, I have to download it, then upload to the drive.. wtf! Even gmail has had the ability to save attachment directly to gdrive... Really frustrating that such a basic and obvious feature is still missing.

I don't understand what you're talking about. Just hit "save", select skydrive, voila, it's saved directly to skydrive.

DrScouse said,
The lack of any integration between sky/one drive and mail is really disappointing... If I want to save an attachment to my drive, I have to download it, then upload to the drive.. wtf! Even gmail has had the ability to save attachment directly to gdrive... Really frustrating that such a basic and obvious feature is still missing.


I'm sure I can save email attachments directly to my folders on SkyDrive! Both on desktop and on my surface pro..

unless ur talking about wp8??

siah1214 said,

I don't understand what you're talking about. Just hit "save", select skydrive, voila, it's saved directly to skydrive.

i think the point being made is based on browser apps, as in outlook.com - get an email with attachment and have a save to SkyDrive feature. I know you can just save it to your local SkyDrive folder but this would be handy when not using your own pc.

duddit2 said,

i think the point being made is based on browser apps, as in outlook.com - get an email with attachment and have a save to SkyDrive feature. I know you can just save it to your local SkyDrive folder but this would be handy when not using your own pc.


ahh that makes sense now... Good point.. Kinda seems dumb when both mail and SkyDrive are available in the same website!

something off topic, but I'd like to see some feature where all email attachments are smartly saved on SkyDrive automatically.. I get lost looking for receipts I either save as files on SkyDrive or move the actual email into a folder within outlook mail...

I would prefer a choice of provider for this. Going the google route where only their offerings are a choice, or the highway doesn't suit my taste. If they want to make outlook the better email client, allow cloud storage providers to hook into outlook.com and then you won't be forced into what google or msft would rather have you get.

since MSFT is far more open than google, which keeps trying to ram its networks down every product on every link, they should come out with easy dropbox/onedrive/etc integration as a differentiator and brag "open" like google does, but never actually is.

The problem would be competitors not building the links to the API that MS would setup, no way google would do it as they'd see it as making MS service better (than it is) and also making it easier for users to switch to outlook.com while still wanting to use gdrive etc.

I just cant see it happening, for google the email portion is too valuable as all emails are scanned and the data used for making moneys. No way would they want to make a competitors service work with google services.

erfanullah said,
Let us hope this will allow folder sync between two PCs.

why would you think this from the article? Its about permissions on shared folders, nothing suggests the mesh like direct sync is returning, although i agree it was fantastic.

Is this something like Dropbox shared folder? I don't like that shared stuff occupies the same size for all parties involved.

If OneDrive makes this as easy as shared folders without occupying more space, I'm all for it. It also will help keep work files in one place and invite colleagues that need them so they can edit those files.

ajua said,
Is this something like Dropbox shared folder? I don't like that shared stuff occupies the same size for all parties involved.

If OneDrive makes this as easy as shared folders without occupying more space, I'm all for it. It also will help keep work files in one place and invite colleagues that need them so they can edit those files.

you can already share files and folders, if someone shares a folder with me it doesn't count towards my usage, its stored on their sky/onedrive but it shows up on mine under shared folders and files. What i expect this to do is simply allow more permissions to be granted when you share, so its still only on one persons drive but is 'owned' (with all the permissions being the owner brings) by yourself and the other people you select as co authors.

Windows Live Mesh was so ahead of it's time, it was so damn good, but ah well, Microsoft seems to have found better success with SkyDrive.