How to Use the sdrv.ms Shortener for SkyDrive
By on May 21st, 2012

Microsoft’s cloud storage service, SkyDrive, has received several updates in past few weeks, and the progressive updates continue to integrate it well across Windows Phone and Windows. While you can share files on SkyDrive via email, and use your friends’ addresses across Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn using the connected address book, you can also get a link to any file or folder on SkyDrive and send that link to friends. You can choose to let friends edit or add files, or choose to make the link read-only.

Although these SkyDrive links have been shortened by about 40%, recently, SkyDrive enabled shortened URLs for these links using the new http://sdrv.ms domain. The sdrv.ms links are furnished via Microsoft’s partnership with bit.ly. Since, it is bit.ly at the backend, the shortened URLs include additional features like adding a ‘+’ to the end of any short URL to see statistics or generating a QR code for that URL by appending ’.qrcode’.

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  1. Select any file or folder on SkyDrive Web, and click on the Share link in the sidebar.
  2. In the Share dialog, click Get a link, and then click the Create button according to the required permissions.
  3. Click the Shorten button next to the generated link to obtain the shortened URL.

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SkyDrive URLs also include OpenGraph support so that you get a neat thumbnail preview when you share the links on sites like Facebook. image

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

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  • berot3

    Do you might know if this is also possible with SkyDrive Pro?

    thanks in advance!

  • http://www.minecraftgames.co/ Minecraft Games

    Time forever struggling before I can use sdrv.ms Shortener for SkyDrive, I found the instructions were very easy to understand.

 
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