The most obvious appeal of Microsoft’s SkyDrive service is the generous 25GB of free storage it offers, but it’s also handy for sharing and collaborating on files. A bunch of updates to the service this week have made file handling and sharing easier.
An HTML5-driven update has made the interface for SkyDrive a lot more like Windows Explorer, including options to select multiple files and to use right-click options to select relevant operations. It’s a slick and efficient interface, and it works nicely in Chrome and Firefox (as well as IE, which you’d expect). Uploading files is handled via a new HTML5-widget which can handle drag-and-drop.
The Share dialogue now offers options to publish content to Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace (Twitter is a pretty glaring omission), as well as sending via email. You can invite people to collaborate on editing a file even if they don’t have a Windows Live ID. There’s also a useful ‘Docs shared with you’ link, making it faster to hunt down stuff you’re meant to collaborate on.
Hit the blog post below for a lengthy run-down of the changes.