Rumor: Shared file lists, folder mounting and more coming to SkyDrive

A new report claims that Microsoft is planning to add quite a few new features to its SkyDrive cloud data storage service in the near future. That's according to Liveside.net, which has broken a number of stories concerning SkyDrive over the past several months, including the recent addition of uploading panorama photos for Windows 8.1 users.

Liveside.net's latest story claims, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft will add a new way to share SkyDrive files with others; the rumor is that Microsoft will soon allow SkyDrive users to pick up to 100 files from different locations. The user will then have a custom list of files that can then be shared with others. This new feature is supposed to help others to find shared files more quickly than the current method, which sometimes makes them go through many different folders to find the one that is being shared by the SkyDrive user.

Yet another new feature that's mentioned in this story is what's being called folder mounting. Currently, the desktop SkyDrive client won't allow any files that are shared with your folder to be synced up to your PC. This new feature will "mount" files from SkyDrive accounts that are being shared with your account so they can be synced with your PC files and allow for offline file access to these shared files for the first time.

Finally, the story claims that Microsoft will soon allow for device settings to be backed up and managed on a SkyDrive account. The article does not state what devices will have this support but adds that both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 already support device back ups to SkyDrive.

Source: Liveside.net | Image via Microsoft

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No idea why people still use sky drive, Google already had those features long ago

Just drag links from the shared folders to the personal folder and they will sync with you, and stay up to date on both sides

Plus the ability to go over 100gb

And full size photo and video backup of your phone

And the most most most important is it work like a real file manager, folders on the left as a tree, and the files previewed in the middle

You can go over 100GB. I have 148GB of storage on SkyDrive right now. But the main reason to use SkyDrive instead of Google Docs/Drive is because Office Web Apps are actually easy to use and don't butcher the formatting of every file you open, then save with them.

Better news for me, and lots of others I'm sure, will be the ability to change Location of the SkyDrive folder off of C: drive. Mine is a small ssd and I want SkyDrive on D:, like I used to have with the WIN8 app. No WIN8.1 clean installs until that happens, so I hope to get that good news sooner rather than later...

The folder mount and shared lists functions sound awesome!!!

Love the SkyDrive team... always doing a great job with keeping their services up to speed (and actually responds to my inquiries on their forums!). Xbox team take note... lol. :-)

j2006 said,
The folder mount and shared lists functions sound awesome!!!

Love the SkyDrive team... always doing a great job with keeping their services up to speed (and actually responds to my inquiries on their forums!). Xbox team take note... lol. :-)

They really have been knocking out of the ballpark lately.

I was complaining about something like this on the SkyDrive forums. I wanted to share a folder with a teacher. The folder was on my computer, She also had SkyDrive on her computer. Unless I uploaded the files to a folder on SkyDrive, we couldn't see them together. I ended up making a dummy account that we can both log in to and access on our own computers.

This may solve that, but I'm not sure.