Exclusive: Recycle Bin feature confirmed coming to SkyDrive.com

By damaster | Posted August 21, 2012 10 comments

SkyDrive logoBack in May this year, we reported a rumor that SkyDrive.com will be getting a “Recycle Bin” feature, along with an Android app, in the upcoming update. The rumor originated from an anonymous tipster who managed to obtain documents from several SkyDrive team member’s SkyDrive public folders, and one of these documents contained a timeline and features of upcoming SkyDrive releases. One of these rumored features, the Android app, was officially announced last week, giving some credibility to the rumor.

The other rumor, the “Recycle Bin” feature, was never unveiled during last week’s SkyDrive announcement. However, LiveSide did some digging around the new “modern” SkyDrive.com and managed to find some code related to this upcoming new feature. Check it out below:

SkyDrive Recycle Bin code

The code appears to be related to some on/off switch for the “Recycle Bin” feature. Once Microsoft decides to flick on the switch for this new feature, you’ll be able to see a new “Recycle Bin” item in the left navigation, as shown below:

SkyDrive - Documents

Whilst we don’t know how this “Recycle Bin” feature works exactly, it’s safe to assume that it’ll work in a similar fashion to the Recycle Bin on your Windows desktop. With SkyDrive.com’s recent “modern” update, deleting a file or folder has never been easier (the screen doesn’t even need to reload when you delete files!). But this also creates another problem – it’s much easier to make accidental deletes too, and currently there’s no way to restore these files back. This is when SkyDrive’s Recycle Bin will come in handy, so that you get a second chance to restore these accidentally deleted files.

Of course, whilst we know the feature may be coming, there’s many questions left unanswered. We don’t know whether files in your Recycle Bin will count towards your storage limit, or whether the Recycle Bin will be emptied periodically for you. What we also don’t know is whether this Recycle Bin has any relationship with your Windows PC’s Recycle Bin, and if you delete a file in your local SkyDrive synced folder, whether the file will also appear in SkyDrive’s Recycle Bin.

We might have to wait until the next SkyDrive.com update to see the new Recycle Bin feature – this might be as soon as when the Android app gets released, or it might be when SkyDrive.com finally gets the promised Excel Forms support. Regardless, this Recycle Bin feature is pretty much confirmed to be coming to SkyDrive.com, and it is only a matter of time on when we will see it in our SkyDrive. What do you think about this new feature? Will it be handy to you? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 6:40 am
  • bartw78

    A very basic, but very useful feature. Always good to see things like these being implemented

  • http://questionanswerresponse.wordpress.com/ b4rtw

    A very basic, but very useful feature. Always good to see things like these being implemented

  • markjonson

    I see its value toward accidental deletions, but I’ve always found the Windows desktop Recycle Bin to be more of a nuisance that constantly has to be emptied if you don’t turn it off or bypass it (Shift+Del). I’m fine with SkyDrive getting a Recycle Bin as long as it doesn’t count toward my storage limit and empties itself.

  • Andrew_ww

    Not a big deal to me but it will be nice to have.

  • Andrew_ww

    Not a big deal to me but it will be nice to have.

  • zurmich

    In what file did you find this?

  • zurmich

    In what file did you find this?

  • Dennis Lyberg

    would be even better with full support of version history restoration ;)

  • Dennis Lyberg

    would be even better with full support of version history restoration ;)

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    Not sure what I would do with this feature, because if I delete stuff from SkyDrive, I want it deleted. I think they will add a setting to enable the Recycle Bin or not.