SkyDrive now supports Office documents sharing without Microsoft account

By damaster | Posted February 8, 2013 10 comments

SkyDrive logoOver at the Inside SkyDrive blog today, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive has reached an important milestone – that over one billion Office documents are now stored on SkyDrive by its users. As part of this post, Sarah Filman, Lead Program Manager for SkyDrive.com, also announced a new feature which is said to have been based on customer feedback – the ability for users to share Office documents with others users by not requiring them to sign in with their Microsoft account. According to the blog post, part of the feedback received for SkyDrive was that users were frustrated when their recipients can’t open their shared documents because they haven’t signed in, something we personally experienced:

One piece of feedback we’ve consistently heard, especially from students, is that our current SkyDrive edit links can be frustrating for recipients when they find that they need to sign in or sign up for a Microsoft account just to make a quick edit to the document.

The post also goes on to explain how easy the process is now to share a document with others, knowing for certain that they will be able to view or edit it:

Recipients can now go from clicking your link to editing in a snap AND you can share with confidence that they will definitely be able to view and edit your document.

With edit links, all people who receive your link will be able to edit the document. If you’d like more control over exactly who can access your document, we recommend inviting specific people via their email addresses and checking the “Require user to sign-in” check box.

Getting sharing link in SkyDrive

It’s great to see Microsoft is consistently updating SkyDrive on a regular basis, and listening to customer feedback. Of course, the company is certainly not done with improving the service, with critical features such as ability to sync shared documents and folders still not present in the SkyDrive for desktop app. What other feedback do you have for SkyDrive? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted February 8th, 2013 at 7:49 am
  • Kitty Burgers

    Does SkyDrive use any sort of encryption? If no, are there any plans regarding security?

  • http://twitter.com/Kittyburgers Kitty Burgers

    Does SkyDrive use any sort of encryption? If no, are there any plans regarding security?

  • Sharing 5,0

    It’s always nice to see some improvements, but when it comes to sharing, what SkyDrive really needs is shared items on the desktop. Currently I can’t use SkyDrive for any project that uses anything more than Office documents or photos, and most times there are several file types that we need to use in different programs and now that WL Mesh is shutting down it’s becoming even more important that SkyDrive adds this feature.

  • Sharing 5,0

    It’s always nice to see some improvements, but when it comes to sharing, what SkyDrive really needs is shared items on the desktop. Currently I can’t use SkyDrive for any project that uses anything more than Office documents or photos, and most times there are several file types that we need to use in different programs and now that WL Mesh is shutting down it’s becoming even more important that SkyDrive adds this feature.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    I would appreciate a lot more free/cheap storage space, so that I can have all my photos and music secured on skydrive and access it from wherever I am from whatever device.

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

    I would appreciate a lot more free/cheap storage space, so that I can have all my photos and music secured on skydrive and access it from wherever I am from whatever device.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Microsoft should negotiate with facebook to show Skydrive content for a user, like Microsoft shows facebook content on a Windows phone.

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

    Microsoft should negotiate with facebook to show Skydrive content for a user, like Microsoft shows facebook content on a Windows phone.

  • Fritz

    Nice Feature. Still waiting for:

    - Shared Folders from others are not synced with Skydrive desktop

    - Groups are not synced with Skydrive Desktop

    - Skydrive Desktop does not have a pause button. When using 3G I have to close it (instead of “pause for xx minutes/hours)

    - Skydrive for Windows RT does not Support offline sync (BIG PROBLEM as Long there is no Surface with 3G)
    - working in Groups is difficult, because everybody needs a MS ID. The possibility to make each E-Mail address to a MS ID is hidden and a link must be sent to each Group member
    Nevertheless there have been a lot of improvements. But still there is missing a lot to be as good as the “smaller startup Dropbox” – as Balmer said.
    BR, Fritz

  • Fritz

    Nice Feature. Still waiting for:

    - Shared Folders from others are not synced with Skydrive desktop

    - Groups are not synced with Skydrive Desktop

    - Skydrive Desktop does not have a pause button. When using 3G I have to close it (instead of “pause for xx minutes/hours)

    - Skydrive for Windows RT does not Support offline sync (BIG PROBLEM as Long there is no Surface with 3G)
    - working in Groups is difficult, because everybody needs a MS ID. The possibility to make each E-Mail address to a MS ID is hidden and a link must be sent to each Group member
    Nevertheless there have been a lot of improvements. But still there is missing a lot to be as good as the “smaller startup Dropbox” – as Balmer said.
    BR, Fritz