Deep integration of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

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  1. rjbouw

    Well, in the filexplorer desktop skydrive folder you can rightclick a folder and select ‘make available offline’. That takes care of fetching.

  2. Freedom

    Given Microsoft’s tight relationship with the NSA, this is not good news to Windows users. More integration with the SkyDrive cloud equates to less privacy for us. I plan not to use SkyDrive, simply because I don’t trust Microsoft.

  3. vasudev

    But will it be as flexible as earlier? Access and fetch any file on your Windows PC remotely using SkyDrive –

  4. xxcorpxx

    Here’s the problem, it’s great that it is integrated but, if you log in with a domain account and connect your live acct, you can’t see your files and folders. All other settings sync though.

  5. xxcorpxx

    Yes, if you have something to hide from the NSA and they have a reason to be interested in you.
    Otherwise, you’re online, you’re being monitored. To miss out on a great cloud sync feature like Skydrive because of the NSA BS going on right now is conspiracy foil hat nonsense.

  6. eblanche

    Where is the information that explains how to connect to skydrive with another account ? That’s crazy how difficult it is to find it out. When you work in a company, the login is obsiouly not your personal liveID. Then, the default connection with the W8 ID is good only for personal use and not for any professional purpose …

  7. vasudev

    Yes with Windows 8.1, the SkyDrive is deeply integrated and when you sign-in Windows 8 with Microsoft account & thus all services including SkyDrive uses that account. So to sign-in with other account just logout and sign-in to to access it using oth account. Or you open a New Session (in IE, FIle > New session) so that you can simultaneously access. But you can just access your SkyDrive with this 2nd account & no sync activity etc like you do with your main Windows sign-in a/c. Or for the full features, you can create a New user and use oth Microsoft account with it.

    In Windows 7 you had desktop app whcih had the option to unlink with SkyDrive but not in Windows 8

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