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Microsoft Talks Designing App-centric Sharing for SkyDrive

Windows Live SkyDriveIn a December 21 Inside Windows Live blog post, Tony East, shared information about how Microsoft developed Skydrive’s new app-centric sharing for Office documents and photos.

Tony writes that in the past Skydrive was difficult to use, and users had to create folders in the root of SkyDrive and later give specific people permission to view that folder, with your’s specific Windows Live ID.

Now, with the new SkyDrive sharing model, you can easily share single documents to start collaborating. Tony writes:

“Let’s say you’re using the Word Web App to write a blog post (!) and you want to send it out to the folks who need to review it. Instead of having to leave the context of Word, you can just click the File menu and choose “Share.” This brings up the–by now familiar–SkyDrive sharing dialog. Just choose the people you want to share with and get back to writing that blog post. Now that’s simple, app-centric sharing!”

Users can also do the same with sharing photos and photo albums in Skydrive, Tony writes, “If I’m browsing my albums and see one I want to share, in this case some shots I took with my new camera, I can use the new right-click menu on the album cover and share the entire album (folder) from there.”

Sharing files with friends is now easier as Skydrive allows users to link to their friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail, and more. East writes that the new version of Skydrive allows for quick and easy sharing of folders and files with people on your various social networks. You can connect your social networks to Windows Live by going here. This will ensure that you can share directly with your friends on your connected networks. If you’re connected to LinkedIn, you automatically get those email addresses. For Facebook, you need to do an import by clicking on the Facebook icon after you get connected. Below are the steps you need to follow to import your Facebook email addresses so you can share your files and folders with your friends.

Note: You can only import the email addresses of friends that have shared their email address with you.

  1. Connect Facebook to Windows Live by clicking here.
  2. Go to http://profile.live.com/connect and click the Facebook logo.
  3. Click the Facebook logo on this dialog box and follow the instructions.

He writes: “Want to share that photo album? Have a Word document with a great recipe you want to share? Need your friends to take a look at your resume on LinkedIn? Now you can.”

And about Windows Live ID requirement? Tony says, “Now, our links sent in email and shared on social networks contain a token to let the recipient view the document, so that it works no matter which email address I send it to, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Windows Live ID.”

The other great way to share is to use our “Get a link” feature. This allows you to create a reusable link that you can include for your own scenario. In addition to standard “view” and “edit” enabled links, you can also make a document public and discoverable. Simply click “Get a link” for any of these types and copy the link.

You can revoke these links just like any others you create by clicking the delete icon in the info pane.

Here is a quick video that covers some of the highlights in this post:

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