The SkyDrive team announced some updates that will make it easier than ever to share and collaborate on Office documents using Office Web Apps on SkyDrive.
The new features including: "share individual files stored on SkyDrive, easily collaborate on Office documents through SkyDrive with anyone, even if you don't know their Windows Live ID, file upload and file management changes, expanded "right-click" functionality, HTML5 support for file uploads (drag and drop file uploading for Firefox and Chrome), and support for viewing PDF and RAW files from within SkyDrive," revealed Inside Windows Live.
You can even share directly with friends on Facebook and LinkedIn. Or you can share a document with everyone, by setting permissions to make it public and creating a link that you can send or share, or embed in your own blog or website.
Simpler sharing from Office Web Apps on SkyDrive
To share the document you're working on, just click Share in the toolbar, and then you can enter your friends' email addresses, a short message, and give permission to edit or require sign-in, all in one place!
The people who you've shared it with will receive an invitation almost immediately, sent from you, with a link that they can click to view your document.
Right-click to share Office docs from SkyDrive
With this update, the SkyDrive team has added right-click menus on the file list, allowing you to view, edit, download, and more.
Share your Office docs on social networks
In addition to sharing via email, now you can share your Office documents through social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn. This is exciting, because it means that you can show off your Office documents with your friends in Facebook, or collaborate with colleagues in LinkedIn.
To post your Office documents to a social network, click Share in the navigation, and then click Post to.
Share an Office doc with everyone
In addition to sharing your Office documents with specific friends and colleagues, you can upload a document and share it with everyone, and then get a link that you can post or send to make your document public. You can also choose to set permissions so only friends you've shared it with can see it, or you can make it public for anyone on the web to see.
To make your document public, click Share, and then click 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."
Embed your Office doc in your blog or website
If you have a blog or a website, you can embed your Excel or PowerPoint document directly into another web page.
To embed an Office document from SkyDrive, right-click the document, click Embed, and then click Generate to get HTML code that you can paste into your blog or website.
Powerful file management
In this release, a number of file management tasks are now "instant". Now you can:
- Create folders inline.
- Rename a folder inline (or by hitting the F2 key).
- Move, delete, and download multiple files in bulk.
- Move and copy very easily with an inline pop-over dialog.
- Use right-click functionality on documents and photos to take action right away.
- 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.
HTML5 uploads, CSS3 transitions in Internet Explorer 10
This release, 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.
Also, if you're using Windows 8 Developer Preview, you'll notice that support for CSS3 animations works when you resize an album.
Rebuilt photo slideshows introduced with this release, are now faster and better than before.
"You can now click "View folder" to return to the folder of the album and see captions right below the photo."
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
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.
Customers who capture photos using their camera's RAW format, Skydrive now support uploading and viewing RAW files from a number of camera manufacturers supported by the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.
Overall performance enhancements: Now many actions -- like upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share and create -- happen inline. The new SkyDrive release preloads more resources while users are signing in, making it faster to view and edit docs. Officials also claim that signing into the new SkyDrive will be "about 50 percent faster."
Here is the video demonstration of the features unveiled today: