SkyDrive desktop features released: act now to save your free 25GB storage

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted April 23, 2012 100 comments

This morning, even a bit earlier than we expected, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres posted on the Building Windows 8 blog on the new updates to SkyDrive that “make personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere”

Here’s what’s available now, on the SkyDrive apps download page, according to the post:

    • SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
    • Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
    • SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.
    • SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.

Apps are available for Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, and iPhone, and additional apps are also available, including apps for Android.

Immediately upon opening SkyDrive in the browser (once you are signed in), you’ll see a notice about something we hinted at the other day: future users are only going to be allowed 7 gb of free storage, instead of the 25 gb offered now.  This is still bigger than Dropbox’s 2gb, or even the long rumored Google G Drive, which is said to be offering 5 gb
skydrive limit

However, as early adopters, we’re getting a sweet deal: just click on the link in that message, which brings you to the managed storage page:

skydrive storage 2

…click on the Free upgrade button, and you’ll keep your 25gb as free storage.  From here, too, you can manage paid storage options, adding 100 gb of storage for $50/year.

Omar and Mike explain that 7 gb should be plenty for most users:

    • 7GB free for all new SkyDrive users. We chose 7GB as it provides enough space for over 99% of people to store their entire Office document library and share photos for several years, along with room for growth. To put things in perspective, 99.94% of SkyDrive customers today use 7GB or less – and 7GB is enough for over 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos. Since the current base of customers using SkyDrive tilts towards enthusiasts, we are confident that, as we expand the range of people using SkyDrive, this 7GB free limit will prove to be more than enough for even more people.

      94.94% of users use 7GB or less; only 0.06% use greater than 7GB.

    • Ability to upload large files – up to 2GB – and folders using SkyDrive for the Windows desktop or SkyDrive for OS X Lion.
    • Paid storage plans (+20GB, +50GB, +100GB) so that power users who need more storage can easily add more at competitive prices (US$10/year, US$25/year, US$50/year). Please note that paid-for storage requires the ability to pay by credit card (or via PayPal, in some markets) and a Windows Live ID that can be associated with that credit card or PayPal account.

Once you download the SkyDrive app:
skydrive app setupit’s all pretty simple.  You have a SkyDrive app on your machine (it defaults to C:<User>/Skydrive, and then any files or folders kept in that folder will be synced to the cloud, and to any other devices that are logged in to your SkyDrive account and have an app enabled.

Remember that this is quite a change from the way Live Mesh works: there, you chose folders and “live meshed” them; here, you only have one SkyDrive folder and you must place anything you want synced within the SkyDrive folder.  Omar and Mike explain:

In Windows Live Mesh, which some of you have come to rely on, we allowed arbitrary folders to be synchronized. Our experience has been that this introduced too many unresolvable complexities across different PCs, with the path on one PC synchronizing to entirely different paths on other PCs and the cloud. In order to maintain our goal of “it just works,” we designed SkyDrive to be the same everywhere, and to work well with libraries in Windows.

If you’d like your SkyDrive folders to feel less like separate folders, you can add your SkyDrive Documents and Pictures folders to your Documents and Pictures Libraries in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Alternatively, you could change the target location for special folders like Documents or Pictures (or others) to folders in your SkyDrive, basically treating your SkyDrive as your primary drive (right-click the Documents folder, click Properties, and then Location). You can also customize the default root of the synchronized folder (to use a different drive, for example), and this option is available during setup of the SkyDrive app.

So, as you can see, the simple and straightforward model of having a single folder for your SkyDrive still leaves lots of creative options for personalizations.

We’re going to have to think about how to set up a SkyDrive folder here, but this is really a momentous day, on that’s been a long time coming.  We finally have a working SkyDrive client for the PC, woohoo!

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 10:12 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • Sunshine – LiveSide.net

    A warning for users of devices with limited storage space (netbook/phone): if you install the app it will download all that is on your skydrive to that device! You are not given a choice if you want to sync up/down or up only with the apps (at least not on the Windows version)!

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Just a clarification, the “SkyDrive app for tablet” that Sunshine mentioned meant the iOS version of the app for iPad. If you have a tablet running Windows 8, you can choose either to:
      1. Use the SkyDrive desktop app to sync your entire SkyDrive to you computer (which also allows offline access plus the “fetch” function), and/or
      2. Download the SkyDrive Metro-style app from the Windows Store to simply browse/read your files from SkyDrive

    • Ratros

      Noted. I ran out of storage on my Acer Iconia Tab W500 long time ago, so I packed some files and sent them to the cloud. This morning, I installed the Skydrive client and the storage nightmare is right back. Thanks to Microsoft Skydrive team and AT&T 4G Network. I understand that the app is a beta, but adding a function “NOT TO SYNC THIS FOLDER” is really not that hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

    I will miss the Windows Live Mesh, which permits PC to PC syncing and sharing, without the cloud storage limits. I’m syncing >20 GB data among four of my PCs and with a colleague’s Mac using Windows Live Mesh. I’m also syncing my Messenger history, OneNote notebook (local), and IE and Office settings. None of these can be done with the new SkyDrive App.

    • conan007

      You can put Messenger history folder in the Skydrive folder – as you could do with Dropbox.

  • Sunshine – LiveSide.net

    A warning for users of devices with limited storage space (netbook/laptop): if you install the app it will download all that is on your skydrive to that device! You are not given a choice if you want to sync up/down or up only.

    Edit:
    Just recieved clarification: Only the SkyDrive desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS perform sync. The SkyDrive apps for mobile and tablets do not sync data, they always read data from the cloud so they take up minimal space on your device.

    • damaster

      Just a clarification, the “SkyDrive app for tablet” that Sunshine mentioned meant the iOS version of the app for iPad. If you have a tablet running Windows 8, you can choose either to:
      1. Use the SkyDrive desktop app to sync your entire SkyDrive to you computer (which also allows offline access plus the “fetch” function), and/or
      2. Download the SkyDrive Metro-style app from the Windows Store to simply browse/read your files from SkyDrive

    • Ratros

      Noted. I ran out of storage on my Acer Iconia Tab W500 long time ago, so I packed some files and sent them to the cloud. This morning, I installed the Skydrive client and the storage nightmare is right back. Thanks to Microsoft Skydrive team and AT&T 4G Network. I understand that the app is a beta, but adding a function “NOT TO SYNC THIS FOLDER” is really not that hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

    I will miss the Windows Live Mesh, which permits PC to PC syncing and sharing, without the cloud storage limits. I’m syncing >20 GB data among four of my PCs and with a colleague’s Mac using Windows Live Mesh. I’m also syncing my Messenger history, OneNote notebook (local), and IE and Office settings. None of these can be done with the new SkyDrive App.

    • conan007

      You can put Messenger history folder in the Skydrive folder – as you could do with Dropbox.

  • Salem874

    Excellent news!! This has been needed for a while. Thisll really come in handy with my Windows Phone.

    I’ve reserved my 25GB storage as well. Thanks for the heads up

  • Salem874

    Excellent news!! This has been needed for a while. Thisll really come in handy with my Windows Phone.

    I’ve reserved my 25GB storage as well. Thanks for the heads up

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam

    I hope they allow you to stop syncing certain folders like dropbox does I was just surprised it wanted to download 15GB of data from skydrive to my machine. ANNOYING, but for £6.00 for 45GB of cloud storage, not bad at all.

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam Daly

    I hope they allow you to stop syncing certain folders like dropbox does I was just surprised it wanted to download 15GB of data from skydrive to my machine. ANNOYING, but for £6.00 for 45GB of cloud storage, not bad at all.

  • Kit Y

    I think that 7GB explanation is quite weak, people don’t really use Skydrive with large files is because it wasn’t good with big files. 

    Now with the new software, I’m sure more people are going to take advantage the storage and find the new free storage size limiting.

  • Kit Y

    I think that 7GB explanation is quite weak, people don’t really use Skydrive with large files is because it wasn’t good with big files. 

    Now with the new software, I’m sure more people are going to take advantage the storage and find the new free storage size limiting.

  • Sugadevan

    Great, But now its downloading 6GB from skydrive :( i have some slow net connection. i dont want to sync everything, can i sync particular folders??

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      Nope, it downloads your whole SkyDrive to your PC.

  • Sugadevan

    Great, But now its downloading 6GB from skydrive :( i have some slow net connection. i dont want to sync everything, can i sync particular folders??

    • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

      Nope, it downloads your whole SkyDrive to your PC.

  • Rensul

    The skydrive desktop is absolutely amazing.  I created a music folder and threw some albums on it and then added the skydrive music folder to the zune client and it works great – just as if it were a local network drive.  Amazing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      You could stream your entire music library using Windows Media Player from one PC to another anywhere in the world without SkyDrive or any cloud service. Having >100 GB music in lossless format in my music library, I don’t see the cloud service with limited space having any advantage.

      • Rensul

        Okay Wei Wei – have fun with that setup!

  • Rensul

    The skydrive desktop is absolutely amazing.  I created a music folder and threw some albums on it and then added the skydrive music folder to the zune client and it works great – just as if it were a local network drive.  Amazing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      You could stream your entire music library using Windows Media Player from one PC to another anywhere in the world without SkyDrive or any cloud service. Having >100 GB music in lossless format in my music library, I don’t see the cloud service with limited space having any advantage.

      • Rensul

        Okay Wei Wei – have fun with that setup!

  • Chris Barth

    Of course, by removing the Live Mesh features I also loose a great deal of privacy as now all my files are in the cloud accessible by Microsoft and by the US government without my ever knowing it. Good thing there is AeroFS around.

  • Chris Barth

    Of course, by removing the Live Mesh features I also loose a great deal of privacy as now all my files are in the cloud accessible by Microsoft and by the US government without my ever knowing it. Good thing there is AeroFS around.

  • Joshua

    640kb ought to be enough for everybody

  • James

    I love this!  It’s so seamless and fast now! :)

  • http://okaythankyou.com/ Joshua

    640kb ought to be enough for everybody

  • James

    I love this!  It’s so seamless and fast now! :)

  • Revolutions

    Is there any way to sync external folders?

    And PC-to-PC sync?

  • Revolutions

    Is there any way to sync external folders?

    And PC-to-PC sync?

  • Fizizulkifli

     However, as early adopters, we’re getting a sweet deal: just click on
    the link in that message, which brings you to the managed storage page:

    What link in what message? can someone give me the link please..

    • Revolutions

      If you’re already using more than 7GB, you’ll stick with 25gb without any clicking. If you aren’t, and you still don’t get the message, click “Manage Storage” on the bottom left on Skydrive.

  • Fizizulkifli

     However, as early adopters, we’re getting a sweet deal: just click on
    the link in that message, which brings you to the managed storage page:

    What link in what message? can someone give me the link please..

    • Revolutions

      If you’re already using more than 7GB, you’ll stick with 25gb without any clicking. If you aren’t, and you still don’t get the message, click “Manage Storage” on the bottom left on Skydrive.

  • http://twitter.com/Zhanate Rebecca Hendricks

    If everything has to be in one folder buried somewhere under “Users,” that does not give much flexibility at all. Talk about doublespeak. This sounds about as useful as taking all the stuff out of all the drawers in a room and putting it all in one big box in the basement. I do hope this gets better.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It is one folder, but you can point it to be anywhere you like, it doesn’t have to be “buried” under Users.  It looks like it creates a SkyDrive folder directly under the folder you choose (rather than “SkyDrive-ify” your chosen folder) so that if you choose C:Documents, it creates C:DocumentsSkyDrive – still playing with this, can anyone verify?

      • 0110110101100100

        I would suggest leaving skydrive under “users” (where your dropbox and local documents/pictures/etc. folders already are) and just make use of windows libraries.

        e.g. you want to move your whole documents folder to skydrive. Create a “documents” folder in skydrive (there should already be one), add it to the “documents” Windows library and make it default. Then move your stuff from the local documents folder to the skydrive one. Done.  

  • Rebecca Hendricks

    If everything has to be in one folder buried somewhere under “Users,” that does not give much flexibility at all. Talk about doublespeak. This sounds about as useful as taking all the stuff out of all the drawers in a room and putting it all in one big box in the basement. I do hope this gets better.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      It is one folder, but you can point it to be anywhere you like, it doesn’t have to be “buried” under Users.  It looks like it creates a SkyDrive folder directly under the folder you choose (rather than “SkyDrive-ify” your chosen folder) so that if you choose C:Documents, it creates C:DocumentsSkyDrive – still playing with this, can anyone verify?

      • 0110110101100100

        I would suggest leaving skydrive under “users” (where your dropbox and local documents/pictures/etc. folders already are) and just make use of windows libraries.

        e.g. you want to move your whole documents folder to skydrive. Create a “documents” folder in skydrive (there should already be one), add it to the “documents” Windows library and make it default. Then move your stuff from the local documents folder to the skydrive one. Done.  

  • Guest

    I do not see a notification about a future change to storage limits.  On my “Manage Storage” page, I have the free 25GB storage selected already.  Does this mean I don’t need to reserve my 25GB?  I don’t want to go down to 7GB as I currently have nearly 14GB of photos uploaded.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Our original tip was that users with more than 7gb would be upgraded automatically.  So it looks like if you’re a current SkyDrive user with less than 7gb used, you’ll be prompted to upgrade (for a limited time).  If you have more than 7gb, you’ve already been upgraded (or so it would seem).  If you show 25gb of storage today, you should be ok.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      All users with over 4GB of existing data on their SkyDrive (before April 22nd) will automatically get upgraded to 25 GB. (Which I believe is your case)

      Only those users who has had at least one file uploaded to SkyDrive before April 22nd will get the free upgrade to 25 GB, but requires opt-in.

  • Guest

    I do not see a notification about a future change to storage limits.  On my “Manage Storage” page, I have the free 25GB storage selected already.  Does this mean I don’t need to reserve my 25GB?  I don’t want to go down to 7GB as I currently have nearly 14GB of photos uploaded.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Our original tip was that users with more than 7gb would be upgraded automatically.  So it looks like if you’re a current SkyDrive user with less than 7gb used, you’ll be prompted to upgrade (for a limited time).  If you have more than 7gb, you’ve already been upgraded (or so it would seem).  If you show 25gb of storage today, you should be ok.

    • damaster

      All users with over 4GB of existing data on their SkyDrive (before April 22nd) will automatically get upgraded to 25 GB. (Which I believe is your case)

      Only those users who has had at least one file uploaded to SkyDrive before April 22nd will get the free upgrade to 25 GB, but requires opt-in.

  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    What happened to the unlimited space for photos and documents?  Is that still coming?  Or cancelled?

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Good question, but it looks like the managed tiers of storage won out.  We found some info on the “free documents and photos” last September: http://www.liveside.net/2011/09/10/coming-soon-to-skydrive-wave-5-unlimited-photos-and-documents-storage/, and some hints of managed storage shortly after that: http://www.liveside.net/2011/09/12/skydrive-wave-5-expandable-storage-plans-coming-soon/, but by February, it looks like a more robust managed storage tier bested the”free docs and photos” idea.  This is in keeping with the way other services are provided, and SkyDrive still offers more free storage (at least 7gb and as much as 25gb) than anyone by a wide margin. 

      • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

        Sadly, with the new updates that were coming, the unlimited photos/docs(specifically photos) was the part I was most looking forward to.  It would have given me a cloud based way to back up most of all of my photos. (35k+, which would have taken a while to upload, but 25GB doesn’t cut it for backing them up)

    • Robert McCrory

      If this had unlimited space for photos I would crap my pants… i completely forgot they had said that at one point.  My guess is they’re hoping everyone else forgot too and it’s no longer something they’re planning on :)

  • Andy D

    What happened to the unlimited space for photos and documents?  Is that still coming?  Or cancelled?

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Good question, but it looks like the managed tiers of storage won out.  We found some info on the “free documents and photos” last September: http://www.liveside.net/2011/09/10/coming-soon-to-skydrive-wave-5-unlimited-photos-and-documents-storage/, and some hints of managed storage shortly after that: http://www.liveside.net/2011/09/12/skydrive-wave-5-expandable-storage-plans-coming-soon/, but by February, it looks like a more robust managed storage tier bested the”free docs and photos” idea.  This is in keeping with the way other services are provided, and SkyDrive still offers more free storage (at least 7gb and as much as 25gb) than anyone by a wide margin. 

      • Andy D

        Sadly, with the new updates that were coming, the unlimited photos/docs(specifically photos) was the part I was most looking forward to.  It would have given me a cloud based way to back up most of all of my photos. (35k+, which would have taken a while to upload, but 25GB doesn’t cut it for backing them up)

    • Robert McCrory

      If this had unlimited space for photos I would crap my pants… i completely forgot they had said that at one point.  My guess is they’re hoping everyone else forgot too and it’s no longer something they’re planning on :)

  • Andrew_ww

    So much nicer. Maybe now I will go over about 150 MB.

  • Andrew_ww

    So much nicer. Maybe now I will go over about 150 MB.

  • Brinke

    I just had a few emails, resume etc saved to Skydrive.  I installed the desktop app, so they all whammo appeared inside the new SKYDRIVE folder.  But guess what, I want all my 16 GB of photos in there, too. So I copied my entire PHOTOS folder into the Skydrive folder, and up they go.

  • Brinke

    I just had a few emails, resume etc saved to Skydrive.  I installed the desktop app, so they all whammo appeared inside the new SKYDRIVE folder.  But guess what, I want all my 16 GB of photos in there, too. So I copied my entire PHOTOS folder into the Skydrive folder, and up they go.

  • jibba_jabba

    So if I am reading this right everything you add into the skydrive app folder on your desktop will take up harddrive space on that computer and be uploaded to the cloud? (likewise anything you have currently in skydrive will be sync’d down to your computer, taking up harddrive space).
    If we download the app can we still upload say from our homeserver to the skydrive without having it mirror on our computers. My laptop is hard up for space so if this is the case it renders skydrive completely useless for me. Am I just confusing myself on how this works? 

    • 0110110101100100

      Selective sync is currently not available: your whole skydrive content will be pushed to every linked machine. But I expect this to change, keep in mind they called the app a “preview”.

      • jibba_jabba

        Hopefully they do make it a selective sync. Otherwise this will pose problems for people in my situation or anyone upgrading to tablet. My laptop is 6 yrs old at this point and jam packed…just need to hold out a little longer till win8 before I upgrade to the lastest and greatest.

  • jibba_jabba

    So if I am reading this right everything you add into the skydrive app folder on your desktop will take up harddrive space on that computer and be uploaded to the cloud? (likewise anything you have currently in skydrive will be sync’d down to your computer, taking up harddrive space).
    If we download the app can we still upload say from our homeserver to the skydrive without having it mirror on our computers. My laptop is hard up for space so if this is the case it renders skydrive completely useless for me. Am I just confusing myself on how this works? 

    • 0110110101100100

      Selective sync is currently not available: your whole skydrive content will be pushed to every linked machine. But I expect this to change, keep in mind they called the app a “preview”.

      • jibba_jabba

        Hopefully they do make it a selective sync. Otherwise this will pose problems for people in my situation or anyone upgrading to tablet. My laptop is 6 yrs old at this point and jam packed…just need to hold out a little longer till win8 before I upgrade to the lastest and greatest.

  • James

    This is great but I do not like how it’s downloading all my SkyDrive contents to my harddrive (it’s currently downloading 8 GB of stuff!!!)… it’s wasting so much bandwidth!

    I was hoping we could work directly with the files instead of a local version.   They should really allow a way to sync other folders to prevent this unnecessary downloading of content.

  • James

    This is great but I do not like how it’s downloading all my SkyDrive contents to my harddrive (it’s currently downloading 8 GB of stuff!!!)… it’s wasting so much bandwidth!

    I was hoping we could work directly with the files instead of a local version.   They should really allow a way to sync other folders to prevent this unnecessary downloading of content.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.nordendal Stefan Nordendal

    Try
    SyncToy or SyncBack if you need PC-PC sync

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      SyncToy and SyncBack are basically backup software with scheduling function. They cannot sync folders in real-time among PCs through the Internet. I’ve also tried a couple of other software, none of them is like Windows Live Mesh, which syncs multiple folders among multiple PCs and Macs in real-time. Mesh also allows securely sharing to other users and there is no web interface involved. You will not need the Office Web Apps because you are using the native Office programs on PCs or Macs working with local documents synced through Mesh. Because the online storage is optional with Mesh, you are not limited by online cloud space. Mesh is absolutely a great software that at least partially realized Microsoft’s vision for seamlessly syncing personal information, documents, and settings across different devices. The new SkyDrive is nothing more than another DropBox.

  • Stefanfo

    Try
    SyncToy or SyncBack if you need PC-PC sync

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      SyncToy and SyncBack are basically backup software with scheduling function. They cannot sync folders in real-time among PCs through the Internet. I’ve also tried a couple of other software, none of them is like Windows Live Mesh, which syncs multiple folders among multiple PCs and Macs in real-time. Mesh also allows securely sharing to other users and there is no web interface involved. You will not need the Office Web Apps because you are using the native Office programs on PCs or Macs working with local documents synced through Mesh. Because the online storage is optional with Mesh, you are not limited by online cloud space. Mesh is absolutely a great software that at least partially realized Microsoft’s vision for seamlessly syncing personal information, documents, and settings across different devices. The new SkyDrive is nothing more than another DropBox.

  • Orion

    I miss Mesh’s direct P2P sync, along with remote desktop and the ability to sync specific folders.  It’s nice to have everything accessible under SkyDrive and its web interface, though.

  • Orion

    I miss Mesh’s direct P2P sync, along with remote desktop and the ability to sync specific folders.  It’s nice to have everything accessible under SkyDrive and its web interface, though.

  • Rodolfo G.

    Btw, I just found this article regarding a way to map a folder on your skydrive to a “network drive” on your Windows 7 pc (try at your own risk, haven’t tried it my self): 

    http://maketecheasier.com/map-skydrive-as-network-drive-in-windows-7/2012/04/23 
    (summed up steps in case the article taken down): http://tinypaste.com/1523496c 

    Its certainly not a way of syncing, but it may work for those that have fast internet services and need to access the data quickly… 

    I find the timing of that article interesting… as it was created today but doesn’t mention the new SkyDrive perks nor software.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      Great find! You can actually map your SkyDrive as a network drive using an address like docs.live.net@SSLcd682326f5242fd4, where the cd682326f5242fd4 is the unique CID of your SkyDrive. You can find your unique CID by creating a link for viewing and editing for any of your SkyDrive folders online. For example, if your URL was “https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=cd682326f5242fd4&resid=Cd682326F5242FD4!216&parid=root,” all you need is “cd682326f5242fd4”. This is fantastic. Those who have limited local space (e.g. a tablet or slate PC with with SSD drive) can access their SkyDrive directly without downloading everything using the SkyDrive Windows app. Thank you. It works flawlessly.

      • Rodolfo G.

        Great to know it works and helped you! How fast is the access to the files (in relation to your internet speed)? I guess windows creates a local cache for the most recently accessed files maybe? 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

          It is not bad, but I guess it depends on your Internet speed. I have jsut the regular cable internet from Comcast and I can run a photo slideshow with 5 sec pauses very smoothly through this mapped network drive. The SkyDrive app is still downloading those ~700 MB pictures on my SkyDrive.

  • Rodolfo G.

    Btw, I just found this article regarding a way to map a folder on your skydrive to a “network drive” on your Windows 7 pc (try at your own risk, haven’t tried it my self): 

    http://maketecheasier.com/map-skydrive-as-network-drive-in-windows-7/2012/04/23 
    (summed up steps in case the article taken down): http://tinypaste.com/1523496c 

    Its certainly not a way of syncing, but it may work for those that have fast internet services and need to access the data quickly… 

    I find the timing of that article interesting… as it was created today but doesn’t mention the new SkyDrive perks nor software.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

      Great find! You can actually map your SkyDrive as a network drive using an address like \docs.live.net@SSLcd682326f5242fd4, where the cd682326f5242fd4 is the unique CID of your SkyDrive. You can find your unique CID by creating a link for viewing and editing for any of your SkyDrive folders online. For example, if your URL was “https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=cd682326f5242fd4&resid=Cd682326F5242FD4!216&parid=root,” all you need is “cd682326f5242fd4”. This is fantastic. Those who have limited local space (e.g. a tablet or slate PC with with SSD drive) can access their SkyDrive directly without downloading everything using the SkyDrive Windows app. Thank you. It works flawlessly.

      • Rodolfo G.

        Great to know it works and helped you! How fast is the access to the files (in relation to your internet speed)? I guess windows creates a local cache for the most recently accessed files maybe? 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528022222 Weiwei Dang

          It is not bad, but I guess it depends on your Internet speed. I have jsut the regular cable internet from Comcast and I can run a photo slideshow with 5 sec pauses very smoothly through this mapped network drive. The SkyDrive app is still downloading those ~700 MB pictures on my SkyDrive.

  • Asbjørn

    And with that, Microsoft has just ruined SkyDrive. Why do they have to copy Dropbox – I had hoped Microsoft was past just blindly copying their competitors, but apparently not…
    Live Mesh was great precisely because it wasn’t Dropbox. I honestly can’t think of any reason why I’d want everything synced in one folder. My stuff is already neatly organised in various folders and I have no intention of changing that. With Mesh, I can just pick folders to sync – without moving them. 

  • Asbjørn

    And with that, Microsoft has just ruined SkyDrive. Why do they have to copy Dropbox – I had hoped Microsoft was past just blindly copying their competitors, but apparently not…
    Live Mesh was great precisely because it wasn’t Dropbox. I honestly can’t think of any reason why I’d want everything synced in one folder. My stuff is already neatly organised in various folders and I have no intention of changing that. With Mesh, I can just pick folders to sync – without moving them. 

  • MissRose

    So i thought i’d go with the initial location on my drive it suggested and later changed my mind. Go to ‘settings’ and…there are basically none. So basically i have to choose during setup and that’s it, i’m locked into that download location?

    I though Live Mesh was basic, but this takes the Cake. Can we have some functionality put back in our hands please Microsoft?

  • MissRose

    So i thought i’d go with the initial location on my drive it suggested and later changed my mind. Go to ‘settings’ and…there are basically none. So basically i have to choose during setup and that’s it, i’m locked into that download location?

    I though Live Mesh was basic, but this takes the Cake. Can we have some functionality put back in our hands please Microsoft?

  • Daniel Wurzberg

    Crashplan is a nice (free) option for PC-PC sync (backup)

  • Daniel Wurzberg

    Crashplan is a nice (free) option for PC-PC sync (backup)

  • Marcos Bozzani

    I can’t unlink the desktop client for Windows from my account. I tried to click the unlink button in the about page but the computer name still apears when I login via browser. Then I tried to uninstall the app and delete the SkyDrive folder, but no luck either.

  • Marcos Bozzani

    I can’t unlink the desktop client for Windows from my account. I tried to click the unlink button in the about page but the computer name still apears when I login via browser. Then I tried to uninstall the app and delete the SkyDrive folder, but no luck either.

  • Enquiries

    It’s a great facility for sure but I have several Live accounts to manage from my desktop and I can’t find a way of signing in to another Skydrive account as I switch between them. SkyDrive remains locked to the Live account I used when I first installed the desktop app.

  • Enquiries

    It’s a great facility for sure but I have several Live accounts to manage from my desktop and I can’t find a way of signing in to another Skydrive account as I switch between them. SkyDrive remains locked to the Live account I used when I first installed the desktop app.

  • BuciboLebo

    The new SkyDrive feels more like Live Mesh being taken a few steps backwards to look more like Dropbox in order to compete with Dropbox. I liked having my folders being synced in-place and the ability to remote into my PCs. I like the new ability to utilize the entire SkyDrive storage for syncing but will also miss the PC to PC sync. This is a case of 1 step forward and 2 backwards. 

  • BuciboLebo

    The new SkyDrive feels more like Live Mesh being taken a few steps backwards to look more like Dropbox in order to compete with Dropbox. I liked having my folders being synced in-place and the ability to remote into my PCs. I like the new ability to utilize the entire SkyDrive storage for syncing but will also miss the PC to PC sync. This is a case of 1 step forward and 2 backwards. 

  • Gus

    For PC to PC the best thing it’s cubby. unlimited storage between pc’s and 5GB free on the cloud.

  • Gus

    For PC to PC the best thing it’s cubby. unlimited storage between pc’s and 5GB free on the cloud.

  • J.P. Sartori

    tks… I took my 25 GB… :))

  • J.P. Sartori

    tks… I took my 25 GB… :))