Microsoft Launches SkyDrive Application For Windows

24. April 2012 13:38

Microsoft Utils Windows Azure 

On 23rd April Microsoft announces the launch of official SkyDrive application for Windows on Windows 8 blog. This is one of the most awaited applications among the developers and users. All we wanted is a simple app through which we can manage our cloud storage with ease. Download the SkyDrive app here.

Here is what available now according to this blog post:

  • SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
  • Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
  • SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.
  • SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.

After downloading the application run the setup. This will install the app.

The installation will also let you sync the folders between your PC and other devices like WP7, Android and iPhone. You can un-check the option at this moment but if you wish to enable file sharing among devices then you can set this from SkyDrive app settings option later on.

Once the installation is complete you can then set the folder SkyDrive path:

After the folder has been set up the SkyDrive app will started in the background. The SkyDrive app will then download the files from the SkyDrive inside the SkyDrive folder set up while installing the app. Check out the below screenshot, as the SkyDrive is sitting in the task bar and syncing the files on the other hand. The folders which are synced are marked with tick icon and the folders which are still in sync process is having the sync icon. If you have worked with LiveMesh then you must be aware of the sync icon.

I am quite familiar with the application even before it's launch. I have use LiveSync app so this app seems pretty similar to me. To add a new file just copy and paste or drag & drop the file in the local SkyDrive folder. The file or folder will then get synced to SkyDrive which can be accessed from anywhere around the planet. If you want to un-install the app then make sure that you un-link the SkyDrive folder before you do that (I don't know why someone will remove the app!!) To un-link the local folder right-click the settings icon and click Unlink SkyDrive button to unlink the folder.

In the end the most awaited SkyDrive app is out and is going to be a big hit soon. If you have some suggestions for the SkyDrive app or want to report back a bug or you have some suggestions or want some new features then please do so. Let's make this app a hit.

IMPORTANT: If you are not the current user of SkyDrive then be advised that for the new users the storage capacity available will be 7GB and not 25GB which is offered to old account holders. So make it quick to get the 25GB storage capacity before it gets too late.

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Efficient Use Of Windows SkyDrive

30. August 2010 16:05

Microsoft Azure 

If you are not using this free service offered by Microsoft, then stop reading and go to SkyDrive and sign in with your Live ID and get started. A whooping 25 GB of free space to put  all your stuff at one place, access anytime, and anywhere you want and just in case if you are aware, which I hope you already are, why I am mentioning about skydrive here? So, here is the case...

I uploaded some videos on my blog a few month ago, the files were physically hosted on my blog space and hogging a lot of space. I am now using SkyDrive since it final launch in August 2007 (if I am not wrong) and just gave a quick thought on hotlinking my files from SkyDrive to my blog. There are two big benefits of using SkyDrive for file hosting:

  1. Saves Web Space - In terms of any file you upload to your blog, it now get uploaded to SkyDrive and save your web space
  2. Saves Bandwidth - If you have a video or MP3 file host it on SkyDrive and set the hotlink in the player on your blog. The player just plays the files, just like embedding videos from YouTube or Channel9.

So how can you hotlink files from SkyDrive and use it for your purpose. Go to the folder where you have the file, it can be an image, video or a audio file. You will see something like the below. This is one of my publi folder where I have 2 images (funny).

Change the view style from Thumbnail to Details. By default for the folder having images the default view will be Thumbnails.

Now hover the mouse to the image you want to imbed or hotlink in your blog post or on a webpage. Click More and then right-click Download and select Copy Link Location. This will copy the download link on your clicb board and now you require some manual work on the link.

Open notepad and and paste the copied text. The link look something like this.

http://5mr9iq.bay.livefilestore.com/
y1pn6wH-ZKbNE3AMAGeZry5db0ukIQqy2ksda2ZHtegsxyJeeN1ufTs4AbT
-iyG2DnYpkLUFyPw5OnTpE_t7p_duRJ5wcVOHoC_/edin.jpg?download&psid=1

Just to hotlink the file remove the text starting from '?' till end (remove ?download&psid=1) and that's it, your image hotlink is ready and the final version of link looks like this:

http://5mr9iq.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pn6wH-
ZKbNE3AMAGeZry5db0ukIQqy2ksda2ZHtegsxyJeeN1ufTs4AbT-
iyG2DnYpkLUFyPw5OnTpE_t7p_duRJ5wcVOHoC_/edin.jpg

Below is the same image I have hotlinked from my SkyDrive account

The same can be done with videos. I have uploaded a video to my SkyDrive. Let's see how it look like on a Silverlight Player:

Moreover, if you take a look at the status bar of your IE or the browser you are using you will see that the data transfer is from livefilestore.com and not from yourdomain.com. This saves your bandwidth too!!!

This is not enough, now the question here is how can one upload files to SkyDrive, we can use the web interface provided by the SkyDrive.....!!? But how about using it as a network drive on your My Computer. You can download Gladient Cloud Desktop to map the SkyDrive or any other online service you are using to store your files, like Amazon S3 or Picasaweb to share photos.

UPDATE: Greg Duncan share his experience with SkyDrive with me. I recommend you to read it here.

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Manage your Azure storage with ease!

24. December 2009 14:30

Microsoft Utils Azure 

If your are using Windows Azure for storing files here are the tools you should love to use to manage your Azure cloud storage.

Azure Storage Explorer - Codeplex

And

Cloud Storage Studio

If you don't have an Windows Azure account, then have one HERE

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