SkyDrive discontinues email publishing feature

By damaster | Posted April 5, 2012 16 comments

SkyDrive

Back in the days, even before SkyDrive, there was a feature on Windows Live called “email publishing” which allowed users to publish photos directly to their Windows Live Spaces (remember that?) via email. When SkyDrive launched (along with Windows Live Photos), all of the user’s photos published on Spaces was migrated over to SkyDrive, however the “email publishing” feature remained.

Email Publishing

The way the feature worked was that you can setup up to three email addresses for sending the photos from (so that other people can’t just randomly post photos on your Spaces, or SkyDrive), and along with a secret keyword, each album on SkyDrive would then be given an email address (username.albumname.keyword@spaces.live.com) which you can send photos to.

However, the SkyDrive team recently sent out an email announcing that this “email publishing” feature will soon be discontinued. Below is the email:

Important changes to your SkyDrive account

Dear XXX,

According to our records, you have opted in to our email publishing feature, which enables you to publish photos to your SkyDrive via email. Unfortunately, we are retiring this feature in our next release, and it will no longer be available for use after April 2012. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please visit our homepage to find alternative ways of uploading photos, and look forward to new and exciting features that are coming in future releases. You may also post any questions to us at www.windowslivehelp.com for additional support.

Yours Sincerely,
The SkyDrive Team

Interestingly, the email mentioned the feature will no longer be available for use after April, which is said to be along with the “next release” of SkyDrive. Should we be expecting an update to SkyDrive by the end of April / early May? And will we see all the new features previously leaked – like paid storage, SkyDrive clients for Windows, file size limit increase, and more? We certainly hope so, given rumors are floating around that Google is about to launch their own Google Drive service around the third week of April.

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 7:09 am
Category: News
Tags: Photos, SkyDrive, Wave 5, Windows Live
  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Off topic, but do you guys intend to ever update your WP7 app? Haven’t seen an update since release.

    • Kevw7

      Skydrive is already built in, the app isn’t really needed. You can already publish and view documents and photos to skydrive without the app. I’m sure in WP8 they will have a lot more features.

    • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com Greg Edwards

      By “you guys,” are you referring to the SkyDrive team and their client app or the LiveSide team and their site app? Please clarify. Thanks!

  • efjay

    Off topic, but do you guys intend to ever update your WP7 app? Haven’t seen an update since release.

    • Kevw7

      Skydrive is already built in, the app isn’t really needed. You can already publish and view documents and photos to skydrive without the app. I’m sure in WP8 they will have a lot more features.

    • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

      By “you guys,” are you referring to the SkyDrive team and their client app or the LiveSide team and their site app? Please clarify. Thanks!

  • brianm76

    Based on experience, most WP apps are rarely if ever updated once released.  Those that are updated are minor / bug fix released.  There are major updates but they are so few and far between.

    • frankwick

      What are you talking about?  I have 75-100 apps on my phone and there are updates every other day for something. There were 7 on Thursday alone.

  • brianm76

    Based on experience, most WP apps are rarely if ever updated once released.  Those that are updated are minor / bug fix released.  There are major updates but they are so few and far between.

    • frankwick

      What are you talking about?  I have 75-100 apps on my phone and there are updates every other day for something. There were 7 on Thursday alone.

  • PocketDragon

    4th and Mayor, packageTracker, Evernote, WPCentral,7pass, and even my Flashlight app take notice with your “experience”. And these are just the apps I have pinned “above the fold” . Apps with big names (Kindle I’m looking directly at you) seem to be the apps that have the worst update shedules. I don’t think a week’s gone by without some app or game being updated on my phone.

  • PocketDragon

    4th and Mayor, packageTracker, Evernote, WPCentral,7pass, and even my Flashlight app take notice with your “experience”. And these are just the apps I have pinned “above the fold” . Apps with big names (Kindle I’m looking directly at you) seem to be the apps that have the worst update shedules. I don’t think a week’s gone by without some app or game being updated on my phone.

  • Guest

    Sadly, Google will probably update their service every couple months, while MS’s will remain frozen in time for another couple of years. MS just can’t compete effectively in today’s market.

  • Guest

    Sadly, Google will probably update their service every couple months, while MS’s will remain frozen in time for another couple of years. MS just can’t compete effectively in today’s market.

  • markjonson

    This is awful! I used this to accept scans from an email-enabled scanner. Now how am I supposed to get them on there?

  • markjonson

    This is awful! I used this to accept scans from an email-enabled scanner. Now how am I supposed to get them on there?