Recycle Bin for SkyDrive released; Excel Surveys coming

By Kip Kniskern | Posted September 18, 2012 34 comments

We first told you about a Recycle Bin feature coming for SkyDrive back in May, and then confirmed it via poking around in the source code for SkyDrive.com in August.  Now today, a blog post on the Inside SkyDrive blog has announced that the feature has been released, although it may take “up to 24 hours” to make it’s way to you (we don’t have the feature here just yet).

Working just about how you’d expect it to, deleting a file on SkyDrive.com now just deletes, without a cumbersome “Permanently Delete?” dialog.  Instead, the file is deleted, but you’re able to “Undo” the deletion, or recover the file later from the Recycle Bin, which appears in the bottom left corner of SkyDrive:

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The Recycle Bin feature will be available from SkyDrive.com for now, but “over time”, it is expected to come to other SkyDrive experiences, too.  Items in your Recycle Bin won’t be available forever, as Omar Shahine explains:

Items in the recycle bin do not count against your SkyDrive storage limit. We save all items you delete in the recycle bin for at least 3 days. If the content in your recycle bin gets large enough to exceed 10% of your storage limit (which will be pretty rare), we’ll start to delete the oldest content (after it’s been there 3 days), and will permanently remove items from the recycle bin after they have been there for 30 days (and not restored).

The blog post goes on to describe another new feature coming to SkyDrive, Excel Surveys.  A top request of students using SkyDrive, the Excel Surveys, once they become available, will make it easy to create, share, and crunch the numbers on an Excel based survey:

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Maybe we should create a survey once this feature ships and ask what other SkyDrive features you’re waiting for.  A number of commenters on the Inside SkyDrive blog post are continuing to request “selective sync”, how about you?  Are you happy with SkyDrive as it is, or are you waiting for new features?

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam Daly

    SkyDrive is finally getting features it should have had from day one, sadly it wont be replacing dropbox for me until it gets selective sync.

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam

    SkyDrive is finally getting features it should have had from day one, sadly it wont be replacing dropbox for me until it gets selective sync.

  • Fleon

    Loving Skydrive, and use it, but still also am using Dropbox until I get the ability to have shared folders sync to other people! 

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

      What exactly do you mean by that?

  • Fleon

    Loving Skydrive, and use it, but still also am using Dropbox until I get the ability to have shared folders sync to other people! 

  • MsRose

    What happened to the ‘Photos’ view where that’s all it showed. Now i have the Photo live tiles mixed in with Documents etc which looks messy.

    And yes, Selective Sync…c’mon guys, what are you doing??

    • damaster

      ‘Photos’ view is still available, somewhat hidden however – http://skydrive.live.com/?sc=photos

      • MsRose

        Oh..thank you, that’s handy! :)

        Still, not as handy as it was before when it was a selectable menu item. Sometimes i just don’t understand why Microsoft does these kind of things. 

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

        Wow. I never even knew that that feature is now disabled. They must be working on it.

  • MsRose

    What happened to the ‘Photos’ view where that’s all it showed. Now i have the Photo live tiles mixed in with Documents etc which looks messy.

    And yes, Selective Sync…c’mon guys, what are you doing??

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      ‘Photos’ view is still available, somewhat hidden however – http://skydrive.live.com/?sc=photos

      • MsRose

        Oh..thank you, that’s handy! :)

        Still, not as handy as it was before when it was a selectable menu item. Sometimes i just don’t understand why Microsoft does these kind of things. 

  • m2middle

    Also waiting for shared folders to sync with other people

  • m2middle

    Also waiting for shared folders to sync with other people

  • Leo

    I’m waiting for some dedicated default folders: Pictures, Music, Videos, in addition to Documents.

    • damaster

      If you’re talking about folder types, “Pictures” (or “Photos) is already available. But yes, we’re hoping to see Music and Videos folder types too – hopefully Xbox Music will bring something good.

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

        I just create folders for Music and other types of multimedia, and make the folder type as “Documents”. I don’t really see a real difference in if a folder is a Photo’s folder or if it is a Documents folder.

  • Leo

    I’m waiting for some dedicated default folders: Pictures, Music, Videos, in addition to Documents.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      If you’re talking about folder types, “Pictures” (or “Photos) is already available. But yes, we’re hoping to see Music and Videos folder types too – hopefully Xbox Music will bring something good.

  • Mario Albertico

    Would have loved Excel Surveys for my college classes. What I studied is heavy on suvey research, so I’m quite excited to finally see Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs’ feature.

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

      JotForm also makes good surveys/forms. Have you looked into them? Every time someone submits something, you get an email notification containing the form data a mere seconds later.

  • Mario Albertico

    Would have loved Excel Surveys for my college classes. What I studied is heavy on suvey research, so I’m quite excited to finally see Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs’ feature.

  • wasapasserby

    Ability to sync folders beside those in the Skydrive folder.

  • wasapasserby

    Ability to sync folders beside those in the Skydrive folder.

  • ct

    Actually, I would like to see the upload sync speeds improve. Only yesterday I uploaded about 190 photos, about 2-3mb each.  It took two and a half hours, seems like a life time to me…

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

      Totally dependant on your network connection speed.

  • ct

    Actually, I would like to see the upload sync speeds improve. Only yesterday I uploaded about 190 photos, about 2-3mb each.  It took two and a half hours, seems like a life time to me…

  • Wj

    Sync speed is the priority for me

  • Wj

    Sync speed is the priority for me

  • Stefanfo

    selective sync and upload speed! :)

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

      They might be able to work on the Selective Sync part, but the upload speed is totally dependent on your computer’s internet connection. If you know a place that has a really fast upload speed, then you might be better off going to that location to upload big files.

  • http://twitter.com/stefanfo Stefan Nordendal

    selective sync and upload speed! :)

  • Paul

    Selective sync. Selective sync. Oh, and also selective sync.

  • Paul

    Selective sync. Selective sync. Oh, and also selective sync.