SkyDrive.com updated with new HTML5 features and share options

By LiveSide | In News | Posted January 8, 2013 8 comments

SkyDrive logoMicrosoft announced on their official Inside SkyDrive blog the latest update to their SkyDrive.com website. This update brings SkyDrive.com in line with Outlook.com to version 17.0 (Wave 6), and brings several new features to users. According to the official team blog, below are some of the changes and improvements you will see:

  • Integrated view of sharing permissions
    SkyDrive.com now unifies all sharing-related information and tasks for a particular file or folder into a single pop-up screen. An example screen is shown below:
    Sharing view
    In our own testing, this doesn’t actually bring any additional functionality to the sharing options, however it did remove the previously (quite useful) shortcut to remove permissions by simply hovering your mouse over the person’s name and click on the “X” (now it requires two clicks to remove).
  • Improved selection gestures for touch-based devices
    For touch-base devices such as the Microsoft Surface, the updated SkyDrive.com now allows users to select an item or multiple items by swiping the item to the left or right (in Thumbnail view). Previously, tapping on an item will open the file or folder directly, to select an item or multiple items the user must use the Detail view’s selection boxes in order to do so.
    Selection using touch
  • Improved drag-and-drop support
    Given that SkyDrive.com doesn’t display the folder hierarchy in the left-hand navigation column, whilst it supports drag-and-drop users can’t easily move an item up a folder hierarchy. The new update now allow users to drag-and-drop items using the “breadcrumb” bar along the top. An example is shown below:
    Drag and drop breadcrumb

The official team blog also mentions several under-the-hood changes to SkyDrive to improve speed and reliability. However, we have also noticed that Windows Live Groups has now been fully integrated into SkyDrive.com. As part of this change, users are no longer taken to a separate page to view the “Group profile”, as we have covered earlier, and features such as the Group’s “Messenger social” feed and discussions feature have been discontinued. Users can still download past discussion messages by selecting Group actions > Download discussions.

This update has yet to bring new features such as the cloud music player to SkyDrive.com. However, it’s great to see the SkyDrive team bringing much more frequent updates to the service. Well done!

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
Category: News
Tags: Groups, SkyDrive, Wave 6, Windows Live
  • Didier Monin
  • Didier Monin
  • SM

    Rename email address – feature of outlook.com is disabled without any prior notice since last 25 days causing lots of inconvenience to its customers. The Liveside seems to have missed that story. Anyway here is the thread –

    http://answers.microsoft.com/thread/6494c1e5-1ef7-43bf-9668-8bb50ecf3e78

    Pl read the comments. You will come to know, how unprofessionally MS has dealt with in this particular case.

    • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com Greg Edwards

      I’ve experienced this issue first hand, as I’ve coaxed my wife to come back to Microsoft services (mostly for SkyDrive). She has changed her email address since she last used Live, so she wanted to update her login to reflect that. Wouldn’t you know it? We go to change her email address and get hit with an nebulous error stating “Your email address cannot be changed” right off the bat. At which point, she just gave up. I dug a little deeper and discovered that it doesn’t work for me either, and then found the Microsoft Answers thread. The error message is completely misleading, because it implies that there’s something wrong with either your email address or your Microsoft account, as opposed to a temporary glitch with the service. At a minimum, the Live Services status page should indicate this is feature isn’t working and provide an ETA or some updates. Hoping they get this resolved soon (and yeah, the reporting on the issue has been non-existent).

  • SM

    Rename email address – feature of outlook.com is disabled without any prior notice since last 25 days causing lots of inconvenience to its customers. The Liveside seems to have missed that story. Anyway here is the thread –

    http://answers.microsoft.com/thread/6494c1e5-1ef7-43bf-9668-8bb50ecf3e78

    Pl read the comments. You will come to know, how unprofessionally MS has dealt with in this particular case.

    • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

      I’ve experienced this issue first hand, as I’ve coaxed my wife to come back to Microsoft services (mostly for SkyDrive). She has changed her email address since she last used Live, so she wanted to update her login to reflect that. Wouldn’t you know it? We go to change her email address and get hit with an nebulous error stating “Your email address cannot be changed” right off the bat. At which point, she just gave up. I dug a little deeper and discovered that it doesn’t work for me either, and then found the Microsoft Answers thread. The error message is completely misleading, because it implies that there’s something wrong with either your email address or your Microsoft account, as opposed to a temporary glitch with the service. At a minimum, the Live Services status page should indicate this is feature isn’t working and provide an ETA or some updates. Hoping they get this resolved soon (and yeah, the reporting on the issue has been non-existent).

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com Greg Edwards

    While it’s nice to see SkyDrive getting a lot of love, I wonder when Calendar is going to get the new UI?

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    While it’s nice to see SkyDrive getting a lot of love, I wonder when Calendar is going to get the new UI?