News and other highlights of the SkyDrive team at Reddit AMA

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F: In which part of Microsoft did you land after the reorg? Are you still part of Windows, or are you part of applications and services now?

A : I have nothing to say about the flowchart, but SkyDrive is still an incredibly important asset for almost all our products – Windows / Office / Phone.

Q: Is there any plan to synchronize shared files and folders with the desktop?

A : We heard the comments and know that this is an important scenario for users. I have no further information at this time.

F : Will P2P mesh synchronization functions ever be found again? Or can we expect similar capabilities in the future

A: P2P synchronization as a technology serves two purposes: 1. faster file synchronization between two devices 2. bypassing a physical location in the cloud.

We are constantly working to reach number 1 and will consider all technologies that will help us accelerate synchronization. For #2, we don’t believe this is a viable model for most users because device connectivity is not guaranteed and all your files can’t be accessed anywhere without a physical location in the cloud. We therefore do not intend to return P2P as an alternative to SkyDrive Cloud Storage.

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Q: Does the search function plan to search for text in a PDF?

A : Under Windows 8.1, we have enabled text search for Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in SkyDrive. We will further improve the search for all file types. No additional information on PDFs.

F: Given SkyDrive’s closer integration with Windows 8.1, will Microsoft ease its TOS restrictions?

(A: I can tell you what we really do here (how we implement our policy technically). We’re not really interested in what’s in your private files. The only exception here is when we have stated that we have a zero tolerance policy for exploiting children and proactively searching for content uploaded to SkyDrive using PhotoDNA technology.

However, if you share your private files over the Internet, we have an interest in ensuring that the content you share is not offensive to the general public. So we have mechanisms for reporting abuse. In this case, we will check the content and make sure it is not offensive. We also have algorithms that attempt to detect naked shared content and disable sharing in order to provide customers with a mechanism to challenge this action. This is similar to antivirus scanning because it is heuristic and therefore not perfect.

Q: Can I synchronize a shared folder?

A: I agree that this is an incredibly important scenario. Unfortunately, we have nothing to share at the moment.

Q: Would it be too difficult to add support for.cbr files that turn SkyDrive into a comic book player?

A : We really want to work hard to make not only the place where you can download, but also view and manage your files. We currently have no plans for.cbr (comics), but look at the text editor we published today; also the storage and display of.raw photos on the website.

Q:Why was the SkyDrive icon removed from the notification area of the desktop toolbar?

A Windows usually moves away from taskbar icons and we wanted to adapt the SkyDrive experience to operating system policies. However, the Explorer application and SkyDrive display the synchronization status of folders and files when they are synchronized or a synchronization error has occurred. We decided not to have green ticks for every successful item sin.

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