Get SkyDrive selective sync on your desktop, now, no waiting!

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted November 15, 2012 18 comments

SkyDrive just announced a new update, including the long awaited selective sync.  A blog post on the Inside SkyDrive blog explains more:

With today’s release, you can now select which folders from SkyDrive are synced – making it easier to use SkyDrive with laptops or tablets with small drives. You’re in control. If you’d like to keep all your photos and documents in SkyDrive but only sync a folder of your most important documents to your laptop, you can do that – even if your desktop is syncing the full set. You can choose specific sub-folders to sync as well; you aren’t limited to your primary SkyDrive folders.

After posting on the news, we poked around a bit, and there’s an easy way to get the new update and new functionality on your desktop now.

Just go to https://apps.live.com/skydrive, and click on “Download the app”:

update skydrive

This will update your SkyDrive app (available in the systray) from Version 2012 Build 16.4.6013.0910 to Build 17.0.2003.1112, complete with selective sync:

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From there, you can set up your files to sync on each machine you have SkyDrive Version 2012 enabled.

Of course if you have been waiting for selective sync, you can install SkyDrive for the first time from apps.live.com, too.

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 10:45 am
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • http://www.facebook.com/joem83 Joe Medford

    Still need the option to select a folder on my computer to sync, just like I had with Live Mesh

    • JohnCz

      You see that last image in the post, “Choose folders to sync”.

      • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

        I think Joe is referring to any arbritary folder. This update only allows you to select folders within the skydrive folder only.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joem83 Joe Medford

    Still need the option to select a folder on my computer to sync, just like I had with Live Mesh

    • JohnCz

      You see that last image in the post, “Choose folders to sync”.

      • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

        I think Joe is referring to any arbritary folder. This update only allows you to select folders within the skydrive folder only.

  • Mrtilus

    Oh, so we’re FINALLY getting back to some of the functionality Live Mesh had.

    Honestly Microsoft, i do wonder why you always seem to take one step forward and then two steps back with products.

    • Joscelin Trouwborst

      I guess because of their internal battles.

  • Mrtilus

    Oh, so we’re FINALLY getting back to some of the functionality Live Mesh had.

    Honestly Microsoft, i do wonder why you always seem to take one step forward and then two steps back with products.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

      I guess because of their internal battles.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Very nice, but Microsoft, could you please fix the depletion of cpu and ram resources by system processes first? On Win7 Pro 64-bit I never had an issue, now I have on Windows 8. By the way, Optimize Drives doesn’t work. It finishes with the same 20% fragmentation over and over.

    • Joscelin Trouwborst

      Well, sorry Microsoft, it turns out that you are not to blame, but Intel’s PROSet Wireless Bluetooth software for WIndows 8. My remark about Optimize drives still stands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    Very nice, but Microsoft, could you please fix the depletion of cpu and ram resources by system processes first? On Win7 Pro 64-bit I never had an issue, now I have on Windows 8. By the way, Optimize Drives doesn’t work. It finishes with the same 20% fragmentation over and over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

      Well, sorry Microsoft, it turns out that you are not to blame, but Intel’s PROSet Wireless Bluetooth software for WIndows 8. My remark about Optimize drives still stands.

  • rieuwa

    Come on MS! So close now to getting back the functionality of Mesh! Just need to hold on a little longer! I have faith! Syncing of any arbitrary folder anywhere on a comp, and you’ve got me for good!

  • rieuwa

    Come on MS! So close now to getting back the functionality of Mesh! Just need to hold on a little longer! I have faith! Syncing of any arbitrary folder anywhere on a comp, and you’ve got me for good!

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Ok, talking Windows 8, now we have Skydrive and File Explorer…. Where is the ‘seamless’ ‘Information At Your Fingertips experience’? I feel there should be one File Explorer to manage files on Skydrive and the device. If it would be called Drive Explorer then that would be ok with me :-). Of course it should be very clear where files and folders are and whether they are synchronized or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    Ok, talking Windows 8, now we have Skydrive and File Explorer…. Where is the ‘seamless’ ‘Information At Your Fingertips experience’? I feel there should be one File Explorer to manage files on Skydrive and the device. If it would be called Drive Explorer then that would be ok with me :-). Of course it should be very clear where files and folders are and whether they are synchronized or not.