Microsoft in the beginning of December launched a SkyDrive update that improved the functionality of the service significantly. One of the biggest new features is what Microsoft calls simple app-centric sharing. This basically adds easy sharing options to applications. Instead of having to leave the application they are working on and thinking about file permissions and folder structures, users can now share documents directly with other users without having to think about access rights and where those files reside on the computer or in the cloud. Applications in this regard are the Microsoft Web Apps that can be used to view specific documents online in the browser.
SkyDrive now lets users share individual files within a folder without having to first configure that folder's permissions first.
The Sharing options have been simplified. Users now have three sharing options that are accessible with a click on Share in the SkyDrive info pane.
Sharing was not the only feature that the Windows Live developers improved in the update. The site makes use of HTML5 uploads now which make it possible to upload files to SkyDrive and navigate the site at the same time.
The service's file management capabilities have been improved significantly as well. Basic operations like creating or renaming folders that were not optimized previously can now be completed almost instantly. Other improvements include right-click functionality on photos and documents, faster creation of new Office documents, and a rebuilt photo slideshow application.
Watch this video to see a feature overview.
SkyDrive still has a lont way to go to reach the functionality that is offered by Google Docs. The new features do make life for SkyDrive users a lot easier.
Have you tried Microsoft SkyDrive? You can read the official announcement over at the Microsoft website.
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