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SkyDrive gets simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management, HTML5 upload, other updates


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Today, Microsoft announced the release of an upgrade to to address key feedback as a part of an on-going set of investments in SkyDrive.

2011 Nov 23 SkyDrive M2 View map for Geotagged Images - Screenshot

The release includes simple app-centric sharing, particularly for Office documents; Powerful new file management features; HTML5 uploads and CSS transitions in Internet Explorer 10; Photo improvements including geo-tagging support; Support for more file types like PDF and RAW; and performance improvements across the board.

Significant work has been undertaken to improve the way in which sharing works on in a number of areas. Single files can now be shared easily rather than entire folders, and sharing options have been embedded directly into the Office Web Apps such as Word and Excel meaning that users don’t need to leave the document they are working on in order to share documents. Sharing with users of other email services is now as simple as sharing with Hotmail users, and files can be shared easily on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Powerful file management improvements have been implemented making it much easier, quicker and more intuitive to work with files on For example, files can be created and renamed inline, moving and copying files is simple with an inline pop-over dialog, right-click functionality allows action to be taken immediately on documents and photos, and bulk-actions such as deleting, moving, or downloading multiple files has been greatly simplified.

Adding to the existing rich upload support provided by Silverlight, It is now possible to use “drag and drop” to upload files and photos to for browsers that support the HTML5 File Api such as Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Other improvements include the plotting of geo-tagged photos on a map; Support for touch APIs; Improved navigation in the photo gallery;  Rich PDF viewing directly on; Ability to upload and view RAW files from a number of camera manufacturers; and performance improvements including 50% faster signing in time and faster viewing and editing of Office documents.

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Take a look at the video below:

SkyDrive updates


So do you use SkyDrive? What do you think about it and are you excited about these new features and updates?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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