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Have intgrated support for online drives, like SkyDrive.

Submitted by Arayta on December 24, 2008 to Usability

Yes, I know this isn't a UX quirk, but hear me out:

This feature is so simple, yet so brilliant. I can't believe I never thought of this. Why not have integrated support for online storage services (Like Windows Live SkyDrive) via plugins? (See picture). That way we could easily use the drive just like any other. Other services could make plugins for their online storage services too.

Btw, the credit goes to deviantartnab from for the concept picture. Here's the full picture in context:



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Discussion (13 comments)

.Chris wrote on December 24, 2008, 7:27pm

Shpould be bulit in

billerr wrote on December 24, 2008, 8:54pm

And perhaps also support ISO mounting. Those are part of the OS that are so tightly integrated with the OS, Explorer and all, that third-party tools seem like a workaround, not the way it should be.

Arayta wrote on December 24, 2008, 9:34pm

Speaking of ISOs, anyone notice that Windows 7 has support for burning ISO built in now? Like billerr said, they don't have mounting yet though. That would be helpful.

Arayta wrote on December 24, 2008, 9:37pm

@Calum: Do you know if they have support for SkyDrive? I don't want to have to pay for MobileMe to use iDisk.

Arayta wrote on December 24, 2008, 9:45pm

Also, like Chris said, it would have more support and be easier to use if it was built in. Like billerr said, anything else feels like a workaround.

.Chris wrote on December 24, 2008, 11:12pm

Microsoft should start working their main services in to the windows OS. All don't have to be bulit in, but they should just plug in and you should be able to use it right away. no extra plug ins, no downloads, no extra files. just plug it in to the OS and it will work. when your done, you can "unplug" it and it will be off and away. When your ready to use it again, plug it in and it will be ready to use from when you left off/

Arayta wrote on December 24, 2008, 11:27pm

@Chris: Other services, such as GDrive (if Google ever releases it), will need to make plugins. Things like Windows Live SkyDrive would be built in. That's the idea I'm going for here.

.Chris wrote on December 24, 2008, 11:47pm

Well they need to work with the others for that....

Arayta wrote on December 25, 2008, 3:59am

Instead of working with them, just include it in the new APIs. That way all Windows programmers and programs can take advantage of it.

antiufo wrote on December 25, 2008, 4:42pm

I don't think it would be a good idea to expose SkyDrive as a windows share (for example \\\username\folder), because they would be very slow: imagine you open a file from skydrive. Now you have to wait a few seconds every time you save the file or a program performs an I/O operation.

Instead it would be nice to have the possibility to link a library or a folder to a SkyDrive folder and to automatically syncronize them.

.Chris wrote on December 25, 2008, 5:32pm

How will it be slow? May be slow for you if you have a old system. but those who don't it will be fast.

also, dial up is over. time to upgrade ;)

Arayta wrote on December 25, 2008, 6:02pm


I see your point, but it wouldn't be any different from logging into SkyDrive from your browser. That would be a nice feature, but the ability to access the SkyDrive from within Windows Explorer would be even more convenient. A few seconds isn't much time at all. Of course, if you're working with large data types like videos or 3D models (which I guess was Microsoft's aim, since they gave us 25GB of storage) then yes, it would take longer. But for documents and the like, this would be really convenient, along with what you said about synchronizing files.


Even on a high speed cable connection, most people's upload speeds max out at about 1.5Mbps, which is far less then the average download speed of 10 - 20Mbps. Also, in some countries like Australia, their internet sucks. The United States has the fastest internet speeds because we invented the internet so we have most of the resources and networking structures laid out here. That's the point he was trying to make.

.Chris wrote on December 25, 2008, 6:03pm

oh ok :)

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