Microsoft's SkyDrive gets a couple of new features

Microsoft has added some new and interesting features for its SkyDrive cloud data storage service and it made the announcement in a way that shows off one of these new additions. The company announced that files written in the Open Document Format can now be viewed on SkyDrive in a web browser. In fact today's announcement was made via an ODF file.

Documents made using ODF are usually linked with the open source-based OpenOffice software suite but Microsoft's own Word program can also view and edit files in the format.

In addition, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive users can now upload individual files as large as 300 MB to their SkyDrive accounts via a web browser. You can now also share SkyDrive files to your friends via your Twitter account. Finally, SkyDrive images can be shared with Microsoft's own sdrv.ms URL shortener for Windows Phone users.

Microsoft also hints in today's announcement that it has "some really big things coming soon" for SkyDrive users. A couple of months ago, there were rumors that Microsoft might add Windows and Mac SkyDrive clients at some point, along with options to purchase additional cloud storage beyond the free 25 GB amount that the company already offers.

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"In addition, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive users can now upload individual files as large as 300 MB to their SkyDrive accounts via a web browser."

Sweet! Glad to see it increase again!

What would be the difference between live mesh and a pc sync client for SkyDrive? I mean, you all are expecting that MS would unify the two services or what?

Ices_Eyes said,
What would be the difference between live mesh and a pc sync client for SkyDrive? I mean, you all are expecting that MS would unify the two services or what?

It's replacing Mesh and also about branding it. No one really knows or thinks about Live Mesh, but the new app will be called Skydrive something, the Skydrive branding is important as well.

Plus, Mesh could never access all 25GB of skydrive, it was limited to a walled off 5GB space to the side of the rest of skydrive so it was limited. I also expect to see more options/support for things with the new app compared to Mesh.

The problem I have with replacing Live Mesh is that we would lose the ability to sync 'any' folder with 'any' folder. I use this extensively. For example, I have a 'sync' folder under My Pictures. This way photos I want to sync are still part of my Pictures library, and easily accessible by any photo software I use. Same goes for Music and Docs. I have specific client folders under my main business docs folder that I sync with my laptop when I am actively on a project. Much more efficient than having to move them to and sync them from a central location, like Skydrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

*MoonDogg* said,
The problem I have with replacing Live Mesh is that we would lose the ability to sync 'any' folder with 'any' folder. I use this extensively. For example, I have a 'sync' folder under My Pictures. This way photos I want to sync are still part of my Pictures library, and easily accessible by any photo software I use. Same goes for Music and Docs. I have specific client folders under my main business docs folder that I sync with my laptop when I am actively on a project. Much more efficient than having to move them to and sync them from a central location, like Skydrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

I agree, that's a needed option that should come to the SkyDrive app in the future I expect.

I want real time collaboration in my desktop app when opened from skydrive. Otherwise, you have to use the limited web apps. Don't punish us that are paying.

I like the increased upload size, but where's the feature that lets me sync a desktop folder with the cloud? (Well, I'm sure that'll come out around the Release Preview. I hope.)

A340600 said,
I like the increased upload size, but where's the feature that lets me sync a desktop folder with the cloud? (Well, I'm sure that'll come out around the Release Preview. I hope.)

Skydrive works great on Windows 8 and Windows Phone and I am pretty sure you can just drag and drop a folder of files on the skydrive website using IE

winrez said,

Skydrive works great on Windows 8 and Windows Phone and I am pretty sure you can just drag and drop a folder of files on the skydrive website using IE

Yes, but that's still manual moving of files which isn't quite the same as sync. I want to set a desktop folder (or several) to automatically stay in sync with my SkyDrive on all my computers, rather like Live Mesh or Dropbox does today. Here's hoping that sync feature is coming soon for SkyDrive. Oh yes, and a capacity bump to cover my 100 GB of stuff would be handy.

winrez said,

Skydrive works great on Windows 8 and Windows Phone and I am pretty sure you can just drag and drop a folder of files on the skydrive website using IE

No I mean the SkyDrive app that'll replace Live Mesh and let you sync folders on your desktop and the cloud.

With the supposed GDrive coming soon, Microsoft should speed up its SkyDrive app release.

A340600 said,

No I mean the SkyDrive app that'll replace Live Mesh and let you sync folders on your desktop and the cloud.

With the supposed GDrive coming soon, Microsoft should speed up its SkyDrive app release.

I agree, I want to see the SkyDrive sync integration, but you are missing the point of Live Mesh, as it does the same thing, but is in a different set of folders. When you are at SkyDrive, click "Synced Folders" at the top and you can access the folders Live Mesh has placed on SkyDrive.

By making it a separate storage section Microsoft was trying to make it easier for people to not accidentally delete stuff by confusing the Synced content and the SkyDrive stored content.

Instead it just confuses people, as your post demonstrates...

Timble said,
>snip<
I want to set a desktop folder (or several) to automatically stay in sync with my SkyDrive on all my computers, rather like Live Mesh or Dropbox does today. Here's hoping that sync feature is coming soon for SkyDrive.
>snip<

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're looking for...

Open WLMesh,
Click on "Sync a Folder", browse to the folder on your computer, click "Next" and a box pops open listing all the computers you have associated with WLMesh AND SkyDrive...
...or...
from within WLMesh, click on a folder you're already sharing and a list of computers the folder is synced on displays, and you can click "Select Devices" under the list to add / remove SkyDrive to sync with that folder...
... or ...
From within WLMesh, click on "Go to Windows Live Devices" and the same is there.

Regression_88 said,

Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're looking for...

Open WLMesh,
Click on "Sync a Folder", browse to the folder on your computer, click "Next" and a box pops open listing all the computers you have associated with WLMesh AND SkyDrive...
...or...
from within WLMesh, click on a folder you're already sharing and a list of computers the folder is synced on displays, and you can click "Select Devices" under the list to add / remove SkyDrive to sync with that folder...
... or ...
From within WLMesh, click on "Go to Windows Live Devices" and the same is there.


Yep exactly Been syncing my zune library and keepass between work, home PC, and laptop for over a year now. Works beautifully. There is an option to sync to SkyDrive as well. Works great

thenetavenger said,

When you are at SkyDrive, click "Synced Folders" at the top and you can access the folders Live Mesh has placed on SkyDrive.

I'll have to look into that. From what I've read and seen, Mesh doesn't have any access to SkyDrive, which the up-coming app will fix, so usually I just sync my desktop and netbook via Mesh.

A340600 said,

I'll have to look into that. From what I've read and seen, Mesh doesn't have any access to SkyDrive, which the up-coming app will fix, so usually I just sync my desktop and netbook via Mesh.

Mesh accesses it's own limited 5GB space that's kinda to the side of the rest of your skydrive. That will change with the new app i'm sure but at the time, with desktop folder sync in Mesh, MS probably added the 5GB limit so that people didn't decide to sync all of their C:\ drive and expect it to happen.

Now that MS is getting ready to offer more than 25GB for a price, the new skydrive desktop app should integrate with all of it compared to Mesh.

hmmm, 300mb limit for skydrive, or 10gb limit for google docs? no brainer there... if they brought upload limit parity to skydrive i'd use it more.

rynfrnk said,
hmmm, 300mb limit for skydrive, or 10gb limit for google docs? no brainer there... if they brought upload limit parity to skydrive i'd use it more.

what? you can upload a 10GB file to google docs? why the f**k would you want/need to do that?

Edit: I thought that sounded like douch talk, and it is.
http://support.google.com/docs...r.py?hl=en&answer=37603

"Docs you create and files you upload have some limits built in.

Documents: 1,024,000 characters, regardless of the number of pages or font size. Uploaded document files that are converted to Google documents format can't be larger than 2MB.

Spreadsheets: 400,000 cells, with a maximum of 256 columns per sheet. Uploaded spreadsheet files that are converted to Google spreadsheets format can't be larger than 20MB, and need to be under 400,000 cells and 256 columns per sheet."

The limit of 300MB is for individual files, there is 25GB available to all skydrive users with rumours that the next big update will allow unlimited pictures and documents with al other files counting towards that 25GB with the option of buying space if needed.

rynfrnk said,
hmmm, 300mb limit for skydrive, or 10gb limit for google docs? no brainer there... if they brought upload limit parity to skydrive i'd use it more.

Google docs has a 10gb limit? Mine only has 1gb. Sure you can increase it but that costs money. Skydrive gives you 25gb free.

I can upload a 2GB video file to Google Docs to share with my partner in Shanghai. Can't do that with Skydrive.

REALLY???

Files that you upload to Google Docs but don't convert to Google Docs format can't be larger than 1GB each, even if you've purchased extra storage.

Google docs FAQ.

This is nice but I am waiting for a desktop sync app.
Also, how to you read sdrv.ms? I mean short is good but if you don't remember how to spell it, it is of no use...

eladbs said,
This is nice but I am waiting for a desktop sync app.
Also, how to you read sdrv.ms? I mean short is good but if you don't remember how to spell it, it is of no use...

SkyDRiVe.MicroSoft

I dunno, not the most intuitive, but not hard to remember

eladbs said,
This is nice but I am waiting for a desktop sync app.
Also, how to you read sdrv.ms? I mean short is good but if you don't remember how to spell it, it is of no use...

sky -> not a very important word, can be simplified to a single letter s
drive -> remove vowels, becomes drv
Microsoft -> .ms is the default shortening link used for most Microsoft properties (aka.ms, win8.ms, etc.)