About 6 months ago, we released the first sync apps for SkyDrive making it easy to view and manage your personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X. We’re excited to announce that since then, you have put more and more of your files into your own SkyDrive and in the last 6 months, you’ve doubled the amount of SkyDrive storage being used.
We’re both humbled and excited by this pace of growth. While many of you have told us that you love being able to have everything in one place and access it from anywhere, you’ve also said that sometimes you want to be more selective with the files you sync to each device. So today, we’re releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer. In addition, we’ve just released a few updates to the SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and Android improving how you access your SkyDrive across different devices. Between these updates and the way SkyDrive comes with Windows 8 and the new Office, we’re excited to see how fast your SkyDrive storage usage will grow in the next 6 months.
Select what to sync
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.
This feature is super simple to set up. You can set it up when you first install SkyDrive on your PC or Mac or later, when you’re already running SkyDrive. Check out our video describing the feature:
Share more easily
SkyDrive isn’t just a “drive in the sky”, it’s also a great way to share folders, documents, and photos with people around the world. Sharing via email or by posting links to sites like Twitter and Facebook is simple with SkyDrive, and we wanted to make sure that ability was also available directly from File Explorer.
Now, whenever you’re ready to share a file or folder, you can just right-click it and select Share. Your default browser will open right to SkyDrive.com and you can share your folder or file right from there. You can also view the file itself right on SkyDrive.com, which works great for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with the Office Web Apps.
Updates to SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone 8 and Android devices
A few days ago, just in time for the U.S. launch of Windows Phone 8, we released a fully optimized SkyDrive app for Windows Phone 8. In addition to all-around performance improvements and some visual updates to better fit Windows Phone 8, you can now search your SkyDrive files and folders and control photo upload and download size. Check it out:
SkyDrive for Android also added several new features in addition to performance improvements:
- Upload all file types from SD card
- Rename SkyDrive folders & files
- Custom sort orders for every view
Get started now
If you’ve already installed the SkyDrive sync app for Windows, you don’t need to do much other than sit back and wait a bit. We are rolling the update out now and your SkyDrive desktop apps will automatically update, letting you know when the new app is running with a simple notification.
We expect the update to be available to everyone within 48 hours. If you’re anxious and want it now, you can find links to download updates for Windows, Windows Phone, Mac, and Android from http://apps.live.com/skydrive.
We hope everyone enjoys these updates. We’re excited to see how you use SkyDrive and are looking forward to continuing to bring the best of the cloud to your devices.