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With SkyDrive, we aim to create the best experience for people who use Windows – just last week we shared details about “placeholder files” in Windows 8.1. But we also know a lot of people like to get to their SkyDrive files via SkyDrive.com. Today we’re releasing a set of new features that make SkyDrive.com an even better place to store your most precious digital memories – with support for more file types, new editing features, more ways to share with anyone, and added controls over what you’ve shared. Oh, and one more little surprise for the power users out there (more on this later).
Bringing more photo capabilities to the web
We’ve had native support for RAW camera files in SkyDrive for quite some time - letting photographers use SkyDrive to store and share the best quality photos they can. But while there are powerful cameras that can capture RAW images, we’re also seeing the cameras in phones becoming more capable at taking incredible images too. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its amazing 41 megapixel camerademonstrates just how amazing the cameras in phones can be. The screens for viewing photos are getting better too – especially high DPI screens like the ClearType Full HD and Retina displays. So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet).
We also decided to look at other photo file types and give some of our old friends an update as well. If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif”) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory!
Sorting and management
What seems like a small and simple thing—photo rotation—is often done automatically by your device, which sometimes doesn’t get it quite right. So now, you can rotate photos on SkyDrive.com as well. This Mickey Mouse pancake photo wasn’t rotated correctly, but with one click of the Rotate button, it’s looking much better.
A few months ago, we introduced the All photos view, and we’ve gotten great feedback on it. People seem to enjoy the fact that you can see all the photos you have anywhere in your SkyDrive, but would also love to see this view for a specific album.
So, now you can filter the photos in this view to a specific folder in your SkyDrive via the filter control below:
Sharing is now easier and you have more control
As more people have put their files in SkyDrive and shared many of them with friends and family, they’ve been asking us for more flexibility in the kinds of ways they could share. Until now, you could only share two types of things in SkyDrive:
This mostly worked fine, until a couple of things started to change.
First, we’ve been seeing more and more mobile phone photos coming to SkyDrive via automatic upload and the camera roll feature on Windows Phones and Windows 8 tablets and PCs. And second, people are capturing more and more of their everyday photos with their phones—photos of birthday parties, pictures of their kids, and snapshots of things they see and want to buy or research later. But our existing sharing controls required that you move your photos into folders to share them, or only share them one at a time. And that just made it harder than it should be.
Also, since releasing our All Photos view, you could easily organize the photos by date, but you still couldn’t share a selection of those photos as an album.
Well today, we’re happy to introduce a new capability on SkyDrive.com: the ability to share individual groups of files from anywhere in your SkyDrive. You can share two photos from your camera roll, or a hundred. You can share a file in one folder along with another file from a different folder. And you can share different things with different people.
For example, here are some camera roll photos that I took this winter. I can just click the date heading (Saturday 2, 12:07 pm), and then click the Sharing command to share just the pictures from that date:
From here, I can get a link or share via email, like anything else on SkyDrive.
The recipient gets an email that looks like this:
And when they click to view the photos, it looks like an album:
The new Shared view
Many of you have asked for better ways to track all the things you’ve shared. Previously it was cumbersome to un-share something or keep track of all the things different people have access to. To solve this problem, we’re introducing the new Shared view.
The new Shared view shows you all the stuff you’ve shared, and what’s been shared with you. Your own stuff is at the top of the list, sorted by what you’ve most recently shared. This is followed by a list of people who’ve shared something with you, sorted by who shared things most recently.
Anyone can edit, no matter how you share
A few months ago we introduced the ability to share links to Office documents, allowing people to edit them without signing in. Today we’re pleased to extend that same feature to when you share any SkyDrive file via email. Now when you check “Recipients can edit” we really do mean any recipient, no sign-in required.
One last special treat for our developer friends
Today I’d like to share a new technology in SkyDrive for power users and enthusiasts, allowing you to edit many different kinds of text files in the browser. Even though SkyDrive.com has a web-based version of Word available for free, sometimes you just need simpler tool to edit things like todo.txt.
Here is a screenshot of my todo.txt file:
You can even see how SkyDrive suggested the remainder of my last item (5. Review) as I typed!
I also have a few dozen registry keys and cmd files that I’ve collected over the years that I apply when I set up a new PC. Now I can view all of those right in SkyDrive! Here is one of my favorites, a cmd file that deletes all the sample images and videos on a PC:
For more info about the text editor in SkyDrive.com, watch Greg Edmiston’s Channel 9 interview.
We hope you enjoy how these improvements help make SkyDrive an even better way to always have your files with you. Check them out and let us know what you think.
- Omar Shahine, Group Program Manager, SkyDrive.com
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What the latest update about changing the name of sky drive
Please don't change the name skydrive. First it was metro which was actually a good brand name now they are forcing you guys to change skydrive(another good brand name). These people's brands don't even relate.
Great job, guys! Keep on pushing, it rocks. And of course take into account all the great posts that we've read below yours, there are plenty of interesting remarks.
When I share a photo or other document on skydrive, the recipient sees the name of the folder (that the file is stored in) and the full path of that folder in the info pane.
Please get rid of this or provide an option to not share this information.
I'm not sure why I would want this information shared and often I definitely would not want it shared.
Great job SkyDrive team!
And I miss the photo resizing feature which resizes my uploading photos to 2048px. I need this feature :-( Without it my SkyDrive storage space will explode.
Please let it come back.
Omar - Kudos for your espresso fueled zeal in the face of the hordes of nay-sayers below. I love the 'its pronounced JIF' like it Microsoft says black is white we will all believe it in time.
But my more fundamental problem with these advancements (like having gifs that actually work - which i would consider a bug) - is that 2 years after first getting a WP7 phone i still can't get relaible transfer of files from PC to phone and back again.
Why? - because Microsoft have put the Cloud in the way - and it behaves just like a real cloud - you can't see clearly and it makes everything slow and difficult. this is not unique to Microsoft but they seem to have been least able to resolve its complexities.
So my Skydrive desktop app keeps disappearing and i have to reinstall it. no idea why and i can't be bothered to find out since that app only helps me with a single step in the laborious task of getting files on my phone.
instead i move my files manually to skydrive 'in the cloud', which takes a duration we shall refer to as '90s' - its a lot longer than 90 seconds - but takes us back to the 90s in terms of transfer speed. (i.e. if i was using a direct connection to my phone via USB it would be much quicker. they are only small files).
Aside - i would not DREAM of sending media like pictures videos or music over the cloud (as Microsoft mutely acknowledged by providing me with the hogtied and irritatingly plebian ZUNE - no i don't like hiphop so why are you showing me this crap every time i go to the 'marketplace'? because a lot of dumb people like it!!? thanks, that's really targetted advertising).
so then i go to my phone and download the files i need... One at a time!
but my phone doesn't display them in the phone. Are they there or not? who knows?
when i regularly go out of data range (i'm roaming) i often find the files aren't there and it turns out i need to OPEN the document (one by one of course) and SAVE the files to the phone. - i have to do this at home so that when i am out of wifi range i have files on my phone instead of the most expensive paperweight in the world. (so not sure what the meaning of the word 'download' is. If i right-click the file (or in finger-speak, 'press and hold') the location for the file is helpfully blank. quality control at its best. - but then you don't want me to know where my files are do you? in fact you won't even let me see how much space they are taking up.
So after 2 years this is the kind of integration I get from Microsoft (worse than when i had WP6.5 and a USB cable.)
skydrive is a mess because Microsoft can't decide if its for fat fingers on a 4 inch screen or a mouse on a 20 inch.
The words used to describe cloud-related operations are not precise enough as it is no longer clear what is the host and the client (to users anyway). My PC is my host - NOT the cloud. but when a file - e.g. original photo - comes from my phone then THAT is the host. its a muddle that Microsoft should be refining to make it easier for everyone - NOT HOW TO PRONOUNCE GIF ! we already know how to do that you patronising twonk.
Thanks for the updates. For me, the ability to filter the all photos view was particularly vital.
I would like to make a couple of suggestions/critiques:
1. Please add support for the concept of albums/collections as used in other major photo organisation products (picasa, iphoto, photoshop organiser). By this I mean a sort of virtual folder feature so that any given photo can exist in multiple virtual folders. I can't envisage properly using skydrive for photo management until this feature is included.
2. The enhanced sharing feature you have introduced in this update is not enough of an enhancement in my opinion. I have three basic issues with it:
* I can't rename the shared collection
* Once I have created a share collection, I can't add or remove any individual photos to that collection
* What I would really like is for you to add a virtual albums/collections feature as described above, and then provide the ability to share this entire album/collection. That's how everyone else handles sharing.
3. The date grouping in all photos view is excellent (and the best feature of using skydrive for photos). But please add some alternative groupings to the all photos view. Personally, I would like to see:
* places/geographical grouping (perhaps some integration with bing maps)
* descriptive tag grouping
* people tag grouping
Thanks Microsoft Windows Team for sharing this information
I would like to have a photo resize features in SkyDrive.com. Batch resize is even better.
What's happened to the 20GB upgrade option?
Does this mean larger upgrade sizes are coming soon?
Love the editing of text files, but one problem...The first 'text' file I wanted to edit was a .CSV
There are going to be many different file extensions that are 'text' but you are not aware of. Could we have some settings which allow us to specify what file extensions we consider to be a 'text' file? Or just give every file the option of opening as Text?
And on the .CSV note...be nice to be able to open it in the Excel browser version?
@ Omar Shahine: I see that in response to a question about support for photo tags in your Reddit AMA session, you said it's:
"Something we’ve talked a lot about on the team, but have nothing to share about this now."
From where I'm sitting, my summary would be:
◾Microsoft removed the display of Descriptive Tags in photo metadata from SkyDrive in June 2011.
◾Microsoft replaced it with the display of People Tags in photo metadata.
◾Neither Descriptive Tags nor People Tags are searchable in SkyDrive
◾Two years on, and nothing has changed.
Sería bueno, así como las cámaras tiene más capacidades y por consiguiente los archivos (fotos, videos) son más pesados, como que nos queda corto el espacio de 7gb compartidos que nos dan, espero que cosideren mi observación y nos el espacio incremente para compensar el incremento de tamaño de los archivos generados por las terminales.....
Also can you work on the folder properties as well since currently you only have 2 folder times documents and photos. Can you add 2 more folder types one for videos like for any of my home videos and another one for music so that as you devlop skydrive you can present us with better folder opetions based on the media stored in that folder.
I love what you are doing in this update however there are a few issues that needs to be worked on. First you need to work on file names since those files that have a long name do not compltly show the name. Can you modify it in some way by using up 2 or 3 file spots to help display the file name. Next I need to see microsft office acess web app to be added to skydrive so I can work on my dabases remotely so I am not tied to a singal computer. Also can you work on the skydrive storage plan opetions since currently you have 3 paid sizes which needs to be expanded for larger storage sizes since I would like to see storage close to 1T or better in the next few months since if you do not do this it would not allow enoph computation with Google who already offers all the ay up to 16tb of file storage space.
Ah - a correction - I've been asking you guys for reinstatement of the Descriptive Tags feature (which was removed in June 2011) since November 2011. You even acknowledged that there was room for improvement, but there's been no progress since then:
I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record here, but when will you support the displaying and searching of Descriptive Tags of photos in SkyDrive? I think I've been asking you guys for it since June 2011, when you removed the displaying of tags from SkyDrive in the changeover to use HTML5...
Can I filter *out* particular folders but otherwise show all photos? Or is this setting purely for selecting a root folder?
Looking forward to shared stuff showing up in Windows 8
Thanks for all these new stuff. When we can expect text editor to live in SD?
Or this link for another 5GB :)
Very nice features! Really! SkyDrive is already the best cloud service, and i'm glad to see you're even making it better!
But I have a question/feature suggestion: Internet Explorer saves the favorites in the "Favorites" folder. I put that folder in my SkyDrive folder so it syncs across all my devices. Not only does my Internet Explorer have the same favorites on all my devices, but also, when I'm on a public computer, i can access all my favorites by logging into SkyDrive.
BUT: To open a website (they are saved as .url) I have to download the file and then open it. Could you please implement that it directly points me to the website when I click an .url file?!
> we’re releasing a set of new features that
> make SkyDrive.com an even better place to
> store your most precious digital memories
Are you still converting Png diagrams into blurry Jpgs? Yes, you do. I don't need SkyDrive to share Facebook — there are Facebook and Flickr for that, and I can't use it to share diagrams or screenshots with colleagues.
> GIF (pronounced “jif”)
As if. Gif is pronounced "gif". Common sense overrules format inventor's wishes.
Or you could sign up to Copy, and with this link you get 20GB+ for free: https://copy.com?r=UNgCNu
It would be nice to be able to upload *.iso files.
Apparently .sql file support is in there twitter.com/.../362225499172384768 Cool!
@jamiet .sql files are supported. And no, Embed does not work. Sorry.
@Jonathan Noble I agree. I don't say it that way :-)
Saqib, the release will take a few hours to roll out. Should be complete this evening (west coast time)
Regarding albums: Why not simply introducing the concept of photo albums instead of having "[...] it looks like an album:"? This would be much more natural and understandable by us users. And I probably also want to organize my pictures in to albums without having to share them.
Missing albums are one of the main reasons why I'm not switching from picasa to skydrive, because esp. the camera roll cannot be organized in any way.
Great to see the SkyDrive features improve and develop.
One request would be for PDF files viewed via the browser to open in a PDF Viewer (that can support password protected PDFs) and NOT in the Word Web App - please!
I don't think theses features is lived yet
This is probably still rolling out as I can't see any of these features yet (locale PT-PT).
Anyway, I find the filtering photos by folder in Photo view a nice feature, but you should add more filtering capabilities to that, especially people tags as you can't actually do anything with those in Skydrive beside tagging someone.
Oh, one other, will the "Embed" feature that exists for Office docs currently work for text files too and if so, will those embedded files appear with syntax highlighting and all that good stuff?
Ohhh...so many questions...
Will the text editor support editing of .sql files? I have my TSQL script library stored up on SkyDrive, would be great if I could view and edit them there.
On sharing of multiple files - would be nice if we could share all files with a given tag (or tagged with a given person) so that when new photos turn up with the same tag they'll automatically get included in the "share". Can I do that?
Saqib, suspect it just hasn't rolled out everywhere yet.
I don't care if the guy who invented the GIF pronounces it "jif" - he's wrong. Ask him how he would pronounce "jif"; if it's the same then GIF should be proounced "gif". ;-)
I am not seeing the text editor in my skydrive account :(