Hands-On With The Official SkyDrive Desktop Client For Windows & Mac [Review]

Micosoft’s SkyDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to cloud storage. Previously, one could only access SkyDrive files from its web UI and upload Office documents from Office 2012, however, Microsoft has recently released its desktop client for Mac and Windows to let users easily manage SkyDrive files and sync local files with the cloud, from their computers. The desktop client works just like Dropbox; it creates a folder on your hard drive and anything that you copy into that folder will be automatically uploaded/ synced with the cloud. When you install a SkyDrive desktop client on a PC or Mac, it creates a new section in its web interface, so that you can separately manage files and folders that are uploaded from different computer. It actually turns your PC into a private cloud, letting you browse through your personal files and folders via web interface. More on SkyDrive Windows app after the jump.

During installation, you are asked to sign in with your Windows Live ID to connect to your SkyDrive account.

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Once account credentials have been verified, it creates a SkyDrive folder in your User Account folder and starts downloading your SkyDrive files and Office documents.

The app runs quietly in the system tray. Right-clicking its icon opens a menu from where you can quickly access SkyDrive folder, visit SkyDrive.com, open online storage manager and access application settings window.

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When you copy files in to the SkyDrive folder, it starts uploading them to your cloud storage. All the synced files will have a green tick mark on them, while the ones waiting to be uploaded have a sync sign on them.


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The Settings dialog box lets you choose whether to make files on the current PC available to other devices or not. If you disable this option, it will not sync the files with other SkyDrive configured devices.

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SkyDrive’s web interface lets you view and access Library folders as well as local & removable storage disks of any computer where SkyDrive is configured and running.  When you install the desktop client on a computer, it connects your computer with your SkyDrive account. This actually enables you to view and access your PC (if SkyDrive desktop is running) from SkyDrive web interface. If you have added multiple devices to your SkyDrive account, you can fetch files from one PC while you are logged in from another. For instance, if you forget some files on your home PC, you can access them using your office PC if SkyDrive desktop client is running on your home PC.

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The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows and Window 8.

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  • Mario

    Thank so mutch!

  • http://www.twitter.com/RaptorHawk Hawk

    It have same problem – for me – on the Dropbox. Copy all files to one SkyDrive folder for sync. :(

  • http://www.vm-expert.com Thomas Kahl

    Unfortunately, the Groups-Folder is not synced on (my) Mac…

  • bDIS

    Probably a stupid question:
    I was using the web-based service until now, and created my own file structure.
    When I’m using the Windows app it starts downloading all my files to the folder created upon installation. I don’t want that! I just want to watch my files, not to sync them back to my computer.
    And I just want to drag & drop files to that folder, but not to create a copy on my hard-drive.
    Is it even possible?
    Thanks!

  • insanelyapple

    “The desktop client works just like Dropbox” – exactly like Dropbox? Can i turn it off without bothering for any extra services running in background?

  • http://starblogger.net/ Daniel

    For me, Skype is changing my habit of using cloud storage service although Dropbox is still more preferable!

  • http://www.itechcode.com/ Amit Shaw

    Thank you so much for this Superb Tutorial.
    I would love to try this. Thanks

  • Loco

    Not so useful app. One of the main objectives of Skydrive I think it was to back-Up some important files. But imagine I have 10 GB uploaded as i use it for many years ago. And suddenly this app its start downloading all those files on my PC (Are you crazy!) and the process is on streaming !imagine!. Why I want duplicate data on my PC regarding of some files that I’m actually working on. Guys need to learn by MOZZY who lest you control what you can upload and sync. This was a Waste of time!