SkyDrive now lets you choose which files to sync

Microsoft has started rolling out an update to its SkyDrive cloud service, that lets users pick and choose which files they sync to their devices.

Back in May, Microsoft added new features to SkyDrive, including a new "fetch" remote PC access service, new storage options, and the ability to access SkyDrive via iOS and Windows Phone smartphones. Since then, Microsoft says, its users have "doubled the amount of SkyDrive storage being used."

As a result, some users might have hefty SkyDrive accounts that they don't necessarily want to sync to all devices. "So today, we're releasing an update to our sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer," Microsoft revealed in a blog post.

With the update, you can select which SkyDrive folders are synced. For example, perhaps you want to save all your photos and documents to SkyDrive but you only want a few documents saved on your laptop. "You can do that – even if your desktop is syncing the full set," Microsoft said. "You can choose specific sub-folders to sync as well; you aren't limited to your primary SkyDrive folders."

If you want to share your saved documents, meanwhile, Microsoft said it has simplified the process. "Now, whenever you're ready to share a file or folder, you can just right-click it and select Share. Your default browser will open right to SkyDrive.com and you can share your folder or file right from there" on sites like Twitter or Facebook. There's also a "View on SkyDrive.com" option.

Microsoft also recently revamped the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone 8 and Android. On WP8, the app now lets users search SkyDrive files and folders, as well as control photo upload and download size. On Android, users can now upload all file types from an SD card, rename files and folders, and custom sort.

All these updates will be available within 48 hours, but those who can't wait can download via apps.live.com/skydrive.

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