SkyDrive gets a Recycle Bin, Excel surveys coming soon

It was just under a month ago that we reported that a handy new Recycle Bin feature could be headed for Microsoft’s cloud storage service, SkyDrive. Today, Microsoft officially announced the feature, which mirrors its desktop counterpart’s facility to retrieve files that have been accidentally or prematurely deleted.

In a post on one of its many, many blog, Microsoft offered more details on the Recycle Bin feature. The confirm-to-delete action has been removed, so that now when you delete a file, you’ll get a confirmation that the file has already been deleted, with the option to ‘undo’ delete.

Additionally, the contents of the SkyDrive Recycle Bin can be accessed to view by thumbnail:

…or in the Details view:

Items in the Recycle Bin don’t count towards your SkyDrive storage limit. Everything in the Recycle Bin will be stored for at least three days, but if your Bin gets too big – exceeding 10% of your storage limit – the oldest content will be deleted first, with all items permanently removed after 30 days.

The Recycle Bin feature is rolling out immediately on SkyDrive, but it may take up to 24 hours to be made available to all users.

Microsoft also detailed some of its plans to introduce Excel surveys, which would allow users to create and deploy simple surveys online through Excel (including the Excel Web App available in SkyDrive). Find out more at the Inside SkyDrive blog.

Source and images: Inside SkyDrive

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This will help the average people who start to use skydrive more when they delete something by mistake (just like with Windows itself on their PCs).

Lord Method Man said,
Is there a way to link regular SkyDrive with Live Mesh SkyDrive storage?

No, and Live Mesh is going away.

A340600 said,

No, and Live Mesh is going away.

I just hope they don't kill mesh before it's features have been integrated into their SkyDrive app - for example, the ability to sync any folder to your SkyDrive storage - which Mesh has but SkyDrive app doesnt

GreatMarkO said,

I just hope they don't kill mesh before it's features have been integrated into their SkyDrive app - for example, the ability to sync any folder to your SkyDrive storage - which Mesh has but SkyDrive app doesnt

Yeah that's one of the missing features of SkyDrive. I also miss the option to sync files on PCs w/out first going up to the cloud.

Lord Method Man said,

How will I sync favorites between Win 7 PCs if Mesh isn't available anymore?

Live Mesh is removed from your PC if you install the SkyDrive app and/or if you update the Windows Live Essentials suite. At one point I did have Mesh and SkyDrive running together, but when I update Essentials, it removed Mesh. I don't think Live Mesh is going away soon, but it will eventually. And now that you mention it, that's another missing feature from SkyDrive. I use Chrome to sync my bookmarks on that browser, but there's no option in IE9 without Live Mesh.

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