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Last week Office 365 Home Premium launched and we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm over the seamless integration of SkyDrive for saving and sharing your docs. Recently we reached a big milestone; our customers are now storing over a billion Office documents on SkyDrive! We’re really excited about the feedback we’ve seen around the new version of Office and the deep integration of SkyDrive. We’re taking it a step further today by announcing a new feature in SkyDrive and the Office Web Apps that allows a more seamless sharing and editing experience for our customers. This post was written by Sarah Filman, a Lead Program Manager on SkyDrive who helped bring this new editing feature to SkyDrive. – Omar Shahine
Last week Office 365 Home Premium launched and we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm over the seamless integration of SkyDrive for saving and sharing your docs. Recently we reached a big milestone; our customers are now storing over a billion Office documents on SkyDrive! We’re really excited about the feedback we’ve seen around the new version of Office and the deep integration of SkyDrive. We’re taking it a step further today by announcing a new feature in SkyDrive and the Office Web Apps that allows a more seamless sharing and editing experience for our customers.
This post was written by Sarah Filman, a Lead Program Manager on SkyDrive who helped bring this new editing feature to SkyDrive.
– Omar Shahine
For those of you who have tried the new Office, you’ll know we made it easy to quickly save your documents to SkyDrive and get a link to share with others—earlier today we made it even easier for people to share and edit documents in the Office Web Apps by not requiring them to sign in with their Microsoft account.
With an edit link, all recipients can edit your document—even at the same time. 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.
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.
We hope that these changes will help make sharing and collaborating with others a quicker and more seamless experience. Happy sharing!
Lead Program Manager SkyDrive.com
This is a very exciting enhancement for SkyDrive and one that will help lead to better adoption. I've shared my SkyDrive documents with several people over the past few years and they've often been put off by the fact that they have to log in to do anything. This update avoids that issue altogether makes SkyDrive easier and faster to use. Well done!
Edit docs without sign-in was a great move.
Ok, that is great news but since the majority of people are NOT using Office 365 as of yet, will we still be able to send a link and let others edit WITHOUT them signing in?
Excellent question, t8ntlikly. I am going to try this and see how that works.
I still have a MAJOR problem using SkyDrive with associates who are working with Windows XP. I hope that some backward compatibility can be forthcoming.
@t8ntlikly: Yes, no sign-in works for everyone. Office Web Apps are for editing in the browser, so version of Office is immaterial. For walk-thru of the experience, see my post in the Office Web Apps blog: blogs.office.com/.../no-sign-in-required-for-office-docs-in-skydrive.aspx
So I have to first create an edit link which then lets anyone with that link edit my document and secondly I still have to share that link with those I want to edit my document? Is that the process? Because I am finding out that using the send email which then specifically targets only certain individuals to allow access to documents that they have to sign in with a MS account to be able to do anything more than view it. In addition, those that can edit in the browser are unable to download without a MS account as well. Am I missing certain functionality? or is this something that will come with later Skydrive updates?
Is this working for anyone? I tried to share a document from Skydrive.com with the "require everyone who accesses this to sign in" box unchecked, but the link the recipient receives opens a window that requires the recipient to sign in. Seems like nothing has changed.
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@megaforce1020 You're correct that that's how the feature works right now. You will need to copy the view/edit link and send it off on your own to ensure that recipients don't need to sign in. Your feedback is definitely noted that it would be valuable to have via the Send email/Invite flow as well. Thanks!
@mabo You'll need to click Get a link in the left nav and then copy the view/edit link for this feature. Currently if you select specific people in the Send email dialog, we will require a Microsoft Account for those recipients to edit. Thanks for trying the feature!
This is really amazing.. I just tried this feature, noticed a couple of things though:
1. When users click on the shared link the document opens in Office 365 Web App without requiring them to sign in, however if they open it in the desktop app it asks for a sign in.
2. If the document is already open in my desktop app, other users with whom I have shared can’t edit it. Got the error: "Someone else has the workbook checked out or opened in Excel; it can't be edited in the browser". It still opens the document but in a read-only mode.
3. Similarly when others are viewing the document in their web apps i cannot edit it in my desktop app
So it seems there are some issues in sharing between the web app and desktop app, or am i doing something wrong??
Absolutely Love this feature btw…. Cheers to the SkyDrive team..
For Sarah Filman and team-
Really tinsightful timely developments for Sky Drive! You are keeping Microsoft at the leading edge of planetary communications sciences. Thank You!
Michael M.H.S. Tat
@Amit2602 There are a couple quirks in the coauthoring story of Office documents both on SkyDrive and Office 365. With Excel, coauthoring only works if everyone is in the web app. As soon as someone has opened it in the desktop client, web app users are locked out, and vice versa. For the other apps though (Word, PowerPoint, OneNote), coauthors can be in whichever endpoint (web app or desktop) so long as the desktop version is > Office 2010.
Since 2 weeks ago I have the Problem that as soon as I edit a document using the Excel Web App I no longer can edit that file on my Windows Phone with the Excel App included in the Office Hub. It tells me that it can't be edited. Editing the same file continues to work with Excel 2007 and 2013 as well as in the Web App.
So basically: editing in the Web App is now breaking files from working on the Windows Phone.
I will be President of two student organizations this coming summer/fall semester, and we will be ditching google docs for the Office WebApps with Skydrive. Our University offers students the complete Office 2013, which I will be encouraging all my officers to use, for easier collaboration. Great news
StevieBallz You're absolutely right -- this is a known issue we're tracking. We're working to get a fix out soon. Thanks for letting us know.
bbhsu2 That's awesome! Thanks for using the Office Web Apps and SkyDrive.
Please bring back Windows Live Mesh's peer2peer computer syncing of SkyDrive.
My university recently made the switch to Office 365, from a previously pretty backwards system. For the student, including virtual ones, such as myself, this was a most WELCOMED enhancement. The web docs have not yet been enabled.
The only issue I had before (which I was told my the MS community) was in regards to limiting the types of edits, or having a setting that would allow a document administrator to approve the changes, before they were made permanent. If I am the creator of a document and someone I share with deletes content that I do not wish to be deleted (or would at least like to be able to review first), what safe guards are in place?
agradeço boas informações Manuel Soares
You can try syncDriver for SkyDrive from here http://syncdriver.com. It’s working fine on Windows XP.
However if you are sharing an Excel spreadsheet that has "track changes" activated - which you would if it is a shared workbook - this is not supported in the OWA version of Excel.
I have a situation where I have a XL s/sheet that is to be shared and edited between myself + 2 others in different cities. (I'm on Office 2010/W7, one uses a Mac, the other W7. I do not know what version of Office/XL they have.) It looked like Skydrive would be great now it does not require Microsoft sign-in. Particularly because it prevents simultaneous editing. But without track changes we lose ability to know what updates were done by who.
Unless I'm missing something.
How can we share the maintenance of this s/sheet and know who made what changes?
I received a document (view online) I wanted to make changes to sent to the author. i went to edit to make the changes. but when I sent the document back to the author the changes were lost. How can I make changes to a document sent to me.
Additional, if I send a document to someone, how can they make changes to send back to me.
funciones muy buenas...pero en lo personal mis contactos aun no se empapan mucho sobre el tema...pero en lo general me parece genial skydrive
I'm doing some testing with SkyDrive to see how appropriate it is for my small business. I'm in an Excel file using online editing and I share the file with a non-SkyDrive user, using the File>Share>Send Link. Off it goes and I get an email bounce instantly received in my Outlook (Exchange server account):
Diagnostic information for administrators:
Generating server: snt0-omc2-s38.snt0.hotmail.com
I see it did not post my complete bounce message, I hope this works:
#5.3.5 smtp;530 5.3.5 This message was not sent because it contained suspicious content. (-951119879:1210:-2147467259
I like the URL shortening. Is there a way that I can collate all the links I have created that are associated with my Microsoft Account?