Major SkyDrive Upgrade Rolling Out

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:17 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:14

Microsoft is rolling out a major upgrade to Windows Live SkyDrive, its Cloud offering designed to offer 25GB of free storage space as well as simplify collaboration, remote working and sharing.


Speaking of remote worker scenarios, sharing and collaboration, once the upgrade is in place, SkyDrive users will be able to enjoy new functionality around Office documents.


The update also makes it easier to complete file management tasks, some of which are now instantaneous.


And for those customers running Internet Explorer 10, the SkyDrive upgrade brings HTML5 uploads as well as CSS3 transitions.


Simple app-centric sharing, particularly for Office docs

As we look to the future, we know people increasingly think and work in a way that is “app-centric,” that is, they want something that just works from whatever application they are already using. So for example, when collaborating on a Word document, they want be able to share it in as few steps as possible – ideally without having to leave Word in order to set permissions or move it around to different folders. And they definitely don’t want to have to think about their folder structure or which email service their friends happen to use.

In the past, SkyDrive has made this difficult. We built the experience around discrete folders that were either private (“Documents”) or shared (“Class documents”). So how you wanted to share also dictated the way you organized your data. Also, sharing on SkyDrive was designed to work best when you shared files with people in your Windows Live network. Meanwhile, the most common scenario—sharing or collaborating with friends or colleagues across email services or other networks—was often a complex and unreliable process.

As a result, we rebuilt fundamental pieces of SkyDrive to simplify sharing and make it more app-centric, particularly for Office. For example, let’s say you’re working in Word Web App on a document in one of your private folders. Now
you can Share from within the app and complete your task, without having to think about the structure of folders or subfolders. This is possible since SkyDrive now lets you share or permission individual files within a folder. This
works for Office documents, photos, or any other type of file.

But we didn’t stop there. We also redesigned the sharing process – to make it much easier to share with people across email services and networks.

Sharing is easier on SkyDrive

When you click Share in the SkyDrive info pane or from the File menu, you can now do a few things:

  • Share via email. Enter any name from your address book, including contacts from LinkedIn, Facebook and Gmail. (If you want to import the email addresses of your Facebook contacts, first connect Facebook to Windows Live and
    then go to and click the Facebook logo.) Since SkyDrive now uses your email address to send a sharing invitation, it reaches your friend’s inbox, not their spam folder. And when you select “Recipients can edit,” you can now collaborate with anyone, even if you don’t know their Live ID in advance.
  • Post to your networks. SkyDrive connects to many different networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, so that you can upload your photos and documents once and share with friends across networks.
  • Get a link. For many people, the easiest way to share is to grab a URL and send it to yourself, or paste it into another browser. Now, you can choose a View only link when you’re sharing something private, a View and Edit link when you want to allow the recipient to edit an item, and a Public link when you want to share something with anybody who can access the Internet.

The sharing experience is one that only happens when you choose to share something. Everything on SkyDrive that you upload is private until you tell us otherwise.

Powerful file management

As soon as we released the SkyDrive updates in June, we received a ton of feedback that you like the fast performance of the service, but doing many actions was slow and cumbersome.

In this release, a number of file management tasks are now “instant”. Now you can:

  • Create folders inline.

Create folders inline


  • Rename a folder inline (or by hitting the F2 key).

Rename a folder inline


  • Move, delete, and download multiple files in bulk.

Move, delete, and download multiple fils in bulk


  • Move and copy very easily with an inline pop-over dialog.

Move and copy

  • Use right-click functionality on documents and photos to take action right away.

Right-click functionality lets you take action

  • Create an Office document quickly. When you click one of the Office document icons, all you have to do is name the document, and then you can immediately launch into the Office Web Apps.

Create an Office document

HTML5 uploads, CSS3 transitions in Internet Explorer 10

In addition to some of the sharing and file management features, we continue to look for ways we can take advantage of modern browsing technologies. Today we rely on Silverlight to provide rich upload support. In this release, we’re
introducing drag and drop as a way to upload files and photos for browsers that support HTML5 File API like Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. And while your files are uploading, you can continue to browse and use SkyDrive. You no longer have to sit and wait for uploads to complete.

Use SkyDrive while your files are uploading


We also have worked to make sure that SkyDrive works well on Internet Explorer 10. If you’re using the Windows 8 Developer Preview, you’ll notice that support for CSS3 animations works when you resize an album.

Photo improvements

We’ve rebuilt and re-introduced photo slideshows in this release, and we feel that we’ve built a slideshow that’s faster and better than before.

Slideshows are better and faster

We heard your feedback that it was hard to find photo captions, and that navigation was difficult. You can now click “View folder” to return to the folder of the album and see captions right below the photo.

It's easier to find photo captions

We’ve also added support for touch APIs on Internet Explorer 10 and Mobile Safari so that you can use your fingers to swipe and navigate photos.

Support for more file types like PDF and RAW

We recognize that a lot of our customers upload PDF files to SkyDrive, but to date we haven’t had a rich viewing experience for PDFs. In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer.

Enjoy a rich viewing experience for PDFs

Some of our customers capture photos using their camera’s RAW format, and we support uploading and viewing RAW files from a number of camera manufacturers supported by the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.


Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create).
  • We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs.
  • Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster.


Omar Shahine
Group Program Manager,

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SkyDrive Stores 3,641.8 TB of Data

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:37 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:36

Microsoft is offering 25 GB of free storage space per each Windows Live account with SkyDrive, and the volume of content stored by customers is already quite consistent.


No less than 3 641.88448 terabytes (TB) of data have been uploaded to the Cloud by SkyDrive users. That’s 4,004,294,335,813,908 bytes, according to Microsoft, with the volume expanding constantly. Expect the figure to virtually explode once Windows 8 launches, because of the tight integration of SkyDrive into the new OS.


Date: Oct 26, 2011
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 755412-43753
Division: Windows Division


Did you watch the BUILD keynotes? Did you notice the level of SkyDrive integration across multiple Windows 8 scenarios? Do you believe that personal cloud storage will be increasingly important to Microsoft customers? Do you want to be in a team that releases applications and services that scale to 100’s of millions of users? Then come join the SkyDrive team and help build the future. SkyDrive is serious about being the Microsoft personal cloud store and there is a unique opportunity to come join the SkyDrive PM team and make it happen!



SkyDrive is currently executing on an amazing vision to be your cloud store for anywhere access to your data. Each month over 100 million people around the world use SkyDrive to store their most important data totaling 4,004,294,335,813,908 bytes and growing. Increasingly our customers are using a wide array of devices to connect and share with the people they care about. Accessing SkyDrive from your personal devices exposes powerful new scenarios, it also creates new challenges like managing identity, having access to all your “stuff” wherever you are, and keeping your data safe.



We’re looking for great technical Program Manager to help us build on our momentum and accelerate through the next wave of breakthrough capabilities. This involves working across Microsoft (Windows, Phone, IEB) and the industry to make SkyDrive a best in class storage solution. This is a broad and deep role. The right candidate for this job has a broad strategic perspective AND loves getting into the details of technical specification. Key responsibilities will include aggregating requirements from various teams (Live, Phone, Windows, etc.) and building a technical solution that optimizes for the best user experience.

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Windows Live Essentials Wave 5 Breakthrough Capabilities for the Windows 8 Timeframe

Last Updated on Thursday, 4 November 2010 11:12 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 4 November 2010 11:12

Windows Live Essentials 2011 was built for Windows 7. This much is obvious. Well, guess what Windows Live Essentials Wave 5 will be developed for Windows 8.

Could this mean that Windows Live Essentials Wave 5 will also be offered in 2012? That’s if Windows 8 will be releases in 2012.

Program Manager II – Windows Live

Date: Oct 29, 2010
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 736940 28696
Product: Windows Live
Division: Windows Division

Windows Live has the broad mission to deliver the essential suite of software plus services for individuals around the world, designed to help them get to their information on any device (PC, Phone, or browser), communicate, and share with the people they care about.

We’re focused on Hotmail, Messenger, and Essentials (Mesh, Movie Maker, Family Safety, Photo Gallery, Writer) and have brought together a coherent software and services product line across Windows, Office, and Windows Phone. This combination of software plus services is an incredible benefit for our customers and a differentiator for Microsoft – as evidenced by the positive reaction of consumers, enthusiasts, and reviewers to our recent Wave 4 releases.

Come join Windows Live and help us build on this momentum and accelerate through the next wave of breakthrough capabilities for the Windows 8 timeframe. We’re looking for an experienced Program Manager II to join our Messenger Connect team working on UX for social experiences with partners like Facebook and LinkedIn.

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