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If you’re like most people, when you share files via SkyDrive you typically do so directly via email. This is one reason we built the connected address book, bringing together your friends’ addresses across Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. Another benefit: when you share photos via email, your friends get a beautiful email with thumbnail previews.
Back in December, we added another way to share. You can get a link to any file or folder on SkyDrive and send that link to friends. You can choose to let friends edit or add files, or choose to make the link read-only. Since then, SkyDrive users have created over 13 million links—copying and pasting them into their favorite apps or services.
While this feature has been popular, we’ve also gotten a lot of feedback that our links are too long and too ugly. We agree!
Sharing with links just got a bit friendlier:
As you can see in the Share dialog, there is a Shorten button
Clicking the button will result in a very short URL using the SDRV.MS domain
If you copy that URL to Facebook you’ll see a nicer preview
Since bitly powers the shortener, you also get great power features. For example, you can add a ‘+’ to the end of any short URL to see statistics. You can also generate a QR code for that URL by appending ’.qrcode’ to that URL.
We hope you enjoy these changes, and thanks for using SkyDrive!
Omar Shahine Group Program Manager, SkyDrive.com
Great work! What about Twitter? Is it possible to have in-line pictures or is it Twitter that has to add support for it? Cheers!
Neat! It is about time the links got fixed. Well not really fixed but improved.
+1 for asking Twitter to render SkyDrive links and images inline; should there be a Twitter campaign perhaps? #skydrivepixplease
This is awesome. Bitly is my URL shortener of choice. Is there a way for these links to be associated with my Bitly account?
But I'm not like most people. I liked SkyDrive better back in Wave 3 where new albums, pictures and comments were part of the "What's new in my Network". That way people would pick up on the updates when they checked their mail, or logged into Messenger. That's a much nicer way to share.
It's very nice to see how you guys really tackled this and addressed all aspects including the friendlier visual preview. When a thorough solution is offered like this, the whole experience just feels more cohesive and complete.
What about the URL of the original of an image, such as you might use on a web page or in an email? Here's one of mine:just
which lots of mail clients and services will undoubtedly break. It's 156 characters long, and could be much longer. What's the maximum length of a filename?
Suggestion: a link below /View original/ called /Original URL/ which copies a shortened URL to the clipboard where possible.
Images like that one, a full-size screenshot of a wide screen, just don't work in the SkyDrive viewer.
Please bring "share" function to the Windows Explorer in SkyDrive app!
Now this is a change for the better! Thank you.
This is wonderful addition to SkyDrive file share with your friends and family. It adds confidence to using URL shortenings because Microsoft is having official partnership in doing so.
Thank you SkyDrive team!
@WixosTrix unfortunatley no. You can however get a link, and then shorten it yourself using bitly.
Great work! would be more great if you guys have used the RestFul protocol.. like SDRV.MS/LiveIDWithoutDomainName/(uuid)/EscapedFileName
Thank you for improving Windows Live.
Great work guys!! Keep it up. I am loving the new skydrive
I think it should be the default link option instead. You have the great Skydrive.com domain, why not use it well?
Thanks for adding the shortener.
What I do miss is the ability to recover deleted files/folders (for a month / a week) both for files deleted on skydrive.com and in your local SkyDrive Folder on a device, either by a recovery option or by moving files to a trash folder on skydrive.com first. I know that when you accidentally delete files on skydrive.com, the SkyDrive app deletes these files on your computer (if they exist) as well, but at least puts them in your local trash. In that case, you can recover a file. Files only on skydrive.com can’t be recovered. It would be much safer when you could recover files on skydrive.com as well.
+1 for @Ronald's suggestion.
Greate work!! I have a question, is there any way to map (as a network drive) a shared folder to your local machine? I have my own Skydrive mounted as a drive via the Skydrive application. I also have couple of links shared by my friends, and I would like to have them mapped as drives as well, so that I need not to open them in browser. Is it possible?
Great work... but WHY SkyDrive`s client have not separate sync features like Dropbox or Google Drive? Its so difficult for SD team?
Oh, by the way, if you follow http://bit.ly/skyloyalty, it says "Store up to 20,00 Office docs or 7,000 photos" instead of "Store up to 20,000 Office docs or 7,000 photos". I just wanted to let you know ;)
Keep up the good work!