Selective sync comes to SkyDrive, update released today

By Kip Kniskern | Posted November 15, 2012 22 comments

One of the most requested features for SkyDrive, selective sync, is finally here, announced today in a blog post on the Inside SkyDrive blog by Mike Torres, and shown in this YouTube video:

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Selective sync works as you’d expect, with the ability to choose to sync all files and folders on your SkyDrive, or to choose folders to sync, available within Settings on your SkyDrive desktop application:

selective sync

The blog post explains a bit 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.

In addition to selective sync, SkyDrive is making it easier to share folders, allowing you to right click onto a SkyDrive folder from your desktop to share the folder, and offers new updates to Windows Phone and Android:

Customers using SkyDrive on their Windows Phone or Android can now easily search through their SkyDrive files as well as control their photo upload and download size.  Android customers will also see updates to help them manage their files and folders.

We expect the release to be available to everyone soon, we’re not seeing it updated just yet.  Anyone getting selective sync, and what do you think?

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 10:08 am
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

    Looks good. I wish SkyDrive would “steal” the Dropbox feature that automatically uploads pictures from connected cameras.

    • yves707

      welcome to windows phone ;)

      • nemo

        Or symbian for that matter.

    • James

      Windows Phone already has this, dude :) It had it from the start! :)

      • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

        I meant SkyDrive for Windows/Mac. I’d like it to import pictures from my dSLR when I have that connected too.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

    Looks good. I wish SkyDrive would “steal” the Dropbox feature that automatically uploads pictures from connected cameras.

    • yves707

      welcome to windows phone ;)

      • nemo

        Or symbian for that matter.

    • James

      Windows Phone already has this, dude :) It had it from the start! :)

      • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

        I meant SkyDrive for Windows/Mac. I’d like it to import pictures from my dSLR when I have that connected too.

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

    About time!!

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam

    About time!!

  • fleon888

    Awesome! Next is the ability to sync stuff that’s shared with you, I expect! Doing great, SkyDrive :)

  • fleon888

    Awesome! Next is the ability to sync stuff that’s shared with you, I expect! Doing great, SkyDrive :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaredwestfall Jared Westfall

    I want to see this on my RT tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaredwestfall Jared Westfall

    I want to see this on my RT tablet.

  • JohnCz

    Loving SkyDrive, this is exactly what I was looking for the other day.

  • JohnCz

    Loving SkyDrive, this is exactly what I was looking for the other day.

  • Peter Henkel

    So here’s the thing: I want to set up as SkyDrive folder the entire disk partition and then to use selective sync to sync only specific folders.
    Is this possible?

    • Amanda Storey

      google vsubst

  • Peter Henkel

    So here’s the thing: I want to set up as SkyDrive folder the entire disk partition and then to use selective sync to sync only specific folders.
    Is this possible?

    • Amanda Storey

      google vsubst