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Today's post is by Jenni French, product manager on the Office Web Apps team.
Earlier this autumn, we shipped enhancements to Office Web Apps based on your feedback, delivering new features such as the ability to view ink in OneNote Web App, merge and autofit cells in Excel Web App, and print directly from the browser in Excel Web App. Today, the SkyDrive team is announcing some updates that are also based on your requests. Today’s SkyDrive updates will make it easier than ever to share and collaborate on Office documents using Office Web Apps on SkyDrive.
With today’s SkyDrive improvements, you can share individual files stored on SkyDrive, not just folders. Also, you can easily collaborate on Office documents through SkyDrive with anyone, even if you don’t know their Windows Live ID. 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.
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.
Here’s another time-saver: With this update, the SkyDrive team has added right-click menus on the file list, allowing you to view, edit, download, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Want to see what these improvements look like in action? Watch this video, from Doug on the Office Casual blog...or try them for yourself, just sign in to SkyDrive to get started!
I hope you’ll enjoy using these new features! And please do let us know what you think, in comments below or through the product, because we’re always listening…
Thanks, --Jenni FrenchSr. Product Manager, Office Web Apps
I'm pretty sure that "sharing" a doc entails allowing others to download a copy of the doc. Will repost here if I find out any different.
I'm not sure why that's happening. Will see if I can find out, and repost here.
Some features I would add:
- if you create a document by using the SkyDrive menu in Hotmail, the document will be in the Files folder (above Documents), and you can not move it in to Documents folder or any subfolders. (So creating a new document from Hotmail is not a good function, becouse if you want to make it in order, the document has to be downloaded and uploaded again)
- I would happily use the 'Save attachment to SkyDrive' feature in Hotmail;
- Just the oppsite way: It would be nice to attach a document from SkyDrive directly to an e-mail (Hotmail) (sharing it and sending a link is not necesserily good in all cases).
I hope to see these functions soon :)
If you have a minute, can you provide specific steps you took? I checked on this end and we couldn't reproduce this problem. Are you sure it's a read-only link? If the doc is editable ("Recipients can edit"), then mail recipients have to sign in. This prevents anonymous editing of your file.
Çok güzel olmuş süper. Hotmail den de yenilikler bekliyoruz,
Nice on improvement been make to skydrive.
I really wish there was a Skydive app for Android. I went with the new Windows Phone with 7.5 but had to retrun it because I can't access our SharePoint 2007 site. I love Skydrive though.
thanks Roxanne K. waiting your repost to solve document download prevention.
or could not upload Excel Sheet has protected cells by password from editing
thanks a lot about your effort to make live esair
This is really an awesome work.. but i need more space in skydrive :D :P :P
I'm positive that only the read-only link is selected for sharing, no recipients, no editing. I created a test doc, saved it in a folder off the root, got a read-only link, copied it to the clipboard, emailed the link to myself using work email, pulled up work email on ipad, tapped on link, safari opens to live login page. Here is link to shared file:
I think the comment system messed up the link in my previous reply. Try this one: http://bit.ly/vaUwVr
I tested the shortened link on my desktop and ipad to make sure the behaviour was the same, it is.
Thank you Jenni , really very nice