MS Surface: Use your SkyDrive

Assuming that you have an MS Account and that you log in to your Windows 8 devices with that account, you will have a SkyDrive available to you. If your MS account is new you will get 7Gb; some of us early adopters have a bit more.

This is just a rough to get you started with your SkyDrive type post.  Using the SkyDrive is actually pretty simple and productive once you play around with using it a bit.

Create/Manipulate your SkyDrive structure from your PC

You can add and remove folders or move them around from the Metro or Windows Phone App but it is much easier to manipulate your SkyDrive structure using Windows Explorer.

Download and install the SkyDrive app for Windows desktop mode on your Windows 8, Windows 7  Computers and/or your Surface Pro.

This adds a SkyDrive folder to Windows Explorer.  The folder can be synced to which ever or all folders out on your SkyDrive.   Now you just drag and drop using Windows Explorer like you do for any other folders on your PC.


Another benefit of installing the SkyDrive Desktop app is that your MS Account handles a lot of security type thingies.  One of the features is “Trusting” computers that you add to your home network.   When you add a Windows 8 devices that you log in with your MS Account it will automatically do the “Do you Trust this PC” routine.  Windows 7 PCs are not trusted by default, when you add the app to a Windows 7 computer your MS Account will ask if you trust this computer.

Another weird use of SkyDrive and “Trusted” computers is that I can browse to, logged into my MS Account in the left column is PCs.  These are all the PCs that I have trusted. I can be on the my Surface on the wireless network and see media  (Docs, Pics, etc.) on any of my trusted PCs.


Manage your SkyDrive at

The Metro app and Windows Phone app for SkyDrive give you access to your SkyDrive but are limiting in what you can manage on your SkyDrive.  You can copy, edit items, delete, move and create folders, but Sharing is better done at and logging in with your MS Account.

Sharing a Folder

  • Hover your cursor over (or tap) the upper right corner of the folder you wish to share
  • Check the check box that appears; The ribbon bar will change to reflect options for the folder.
  • Choose manage on the ribbon bar
  • Click Share in the right column (properties for the folder you selected).


Sharing is done by links.  You can email a link to an individual or you can post a link (use this only for your public stuff) on connected services you may have like Facebook, LinkedIn etc.


If you send a link to an individual; that individual’s email will be saved to your folder with the permission that you grant them.  If the person that you grant permission to the folder has a MS Account (meaning SkyDrive as well) they will have access to your SkyDrive share under their SkyDrive under the Shared folders.  If the person you grant permission to does not have a MS Account they will have to Favorite the link to remember where your share is at.

When I click on Shared in the left column (below) I see SkyDrive folders that others have shared with me.  Windows Phone 8 users have a Family Room that is created in their SkyDrive, this can be shared with family members (anyone actually) as a shoebox for family files.


There is a ton to do with your SkyDrive get in there and play…get productive.

Oh, did I mention there is a SkyDrive app for your Xbox 360?  Yup, you can access your SkyDrive Photos, Videos etc on your Xbox 360.


2 thoughts on “MS Surface: Use your SkyDrive

  1. Pingback: Use your Skydrive! | The Surface Pro BlogThe Surface Pro Blog

  2. Stanislav fritz

    Have you tried getting your skydrive sync to point to the SDCard? It appears that it is just a short cut, but I figure that it is the Skydrive settings, not the Filemanager settings that is really creating this, so I have not changed that to the SDCard.

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