SkyDrive adds app-centric sharing for Office, HTML5 upload and more

In a posting on the Windows Live Blog, the team have announced a bumper update to the SkyDrive service that will start to roll out to end-users in the next couple of hours.

Microsoft have also put a video together detailing the updates, which you can view below.

One of the new features is adding more options for sharing files. The new SkyDrive allows people to share items simply by putting in a person's email address from your address book, including your lists from Facebook, LinkedIn and others. You can also create a URL link to your SkyDrive files that could be set to private viewing only, viewing and editing if you want the person to edit that item or a Public link that let's everyone check out that file.

HTML5 browsers can now use drag and drop to upload files and photos to SkyDrive and users can also continue to browse the web while those files are being uploaded instead of having to wait until they are completed. SkyDrive also allows browsers with touch features like the iPhone and iPad's mobile version of Safari to navigate photos in SkyDrive via touch.

There's also better support for viewing PDF files in SkyDrive via browsers in this update. There are also some performance improvements such as being able to sign into SkyDrive 50 percent faster. You can also instantly create and name new files in SkyDrive along with moving, deleting and downloading multiple files.

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Estienne Taylor said,
Love the improvements Microsoft made to SkyDrive but still have no place to upload all my apps from my Windows Phone 7 yet.

In what context do you mean, if its just 'copying' the appps you have on your phone, then why? if you replace the phone then downloading from the market again would be the quickest option any wouldnt it? Or have I misunderstood?

Can't believe it, they STILL have not added the option for mounting as a network drive!! Yeah, I know there are 3rd party tools and the WebDAV folder workaround, but it would be nice to have official support for it.

Finally! File sharing on the folder-level only has been a real pain in the ass. Glad to see their finally allowing it on the file-level. The HTML5 drag and drop feature is great, would be amazing if it finally allowed folder uploads. A metro-style UI overhaul would be nice too. SkyDrive is shaping up very well.

GreatMarkO said,
*sigh* Still no further though on Live Mesh being able to access more (or all!) of the 25GB of SkyDrive

We don't know what they'll do with Mesh, this was just about skydrive so we'll have to wait to see what the updated Live Apps will bring.

Epic0range said,
Its a MS video.. and he's using Chrome?

He was demonstrating HTML5 drag and drop file support which IE10 and Chrome support, but IE9 doesn't. Also IE10 is so far only available on Windows 8 DP, and he was using Windows 7. That's why he had to use Chrome to demonstrate the HTML5 drag and drop.

england_fanboy said,

He was demonstrating HTML5 drag and drop file support which IE10 and Chrome support, but IE9 doesn't. Also IE10 is so far only available on Windows 8 DP, and he was using Windows 7. That's why he had to use Chrome to demonstrate the HTML5 drag and drop.

england_fanboy said,

He was demonstrating HTML5 drag and drop file support which IE10 and Chrome support, but IE9 doesn't. Also IE10 is so far only available on Windows 8 DP, and he was using Windows 7. That's why he had to use Chrome to demonstrate the HTML5 drag and drop.

Excuse me? IE9 supports HTML5. (If it is complete or not, I dont know)

tuneslover said,
Finally. But still it doesn't have direct download link like Dropbox.

Still don't understand why they haven't implemented it yet.

tuneslover said,
Finally. But still it doesn't have direct download link like Dropbox.

Actually it looks like there might be. If you look at the video at 34 seconds; there is a get link option on the bottom left in the box.

tuneslover said,
Finally. But still it doesn't have direct download link like Dropbox.
You can still mount your skydrive as a network drive.
Then on any file, you can do a "right click ">"send to z:" for example.
It's a bit tricky, but it works. The main problem is that it's really slow.

tuneslover said,
Finally. But still it doesn't have direct download link like Dropbox.

I've got direct download links and I'm on the old version, don't know how you can't see the "get link" option.

Nimitz said,

Actually it looks like there might be. If you look at the video at 34 seconds; there is a get link option on the bottom left in the box.

Yup! I just used it and you can get a link that lets people view, or view and edit.
Viewing/downloading doesnt require a live ID, editing does.