But there’s one thing about it I don’t like: Any desktop folder you want to synchronize must be moved to the SkyDrive folder, and that can cause problems.
For example, for years I’ve kept all my music in a folder called MP3s. iTunes, Carbonite, and a couple other programs are linked to that folder, meaning if I relocate it to SkyDrive, I’ll have to redirect those programs, rebuild libraries, redo backups, and so on.
Those are hassles I don’t need. Fortunately, a clever coder by the name of Jan Hannemann has come up with a solution for syncing folders to SkyDrive — without moving them first. (FYI, this presumes you have the new SkyDrive app already installed on your PC.)
Once installed, you can right-click any folder and then choose Sync to SkyDrive. That will effectively add to SkyDrive a shortcut to that folder. And in short order, the files therein should start uploading.
I’ve just started monkeying with SkyShellEx, and so far it’s working perfectly. The only downside is that you can’t tell at-a-glance which folders have been marked for synchronization or whether the files have been synced.
Still, this solves a big problem with SkyDrive, and I’m hoping Microsoft will incorporate this important (and obvious) functionality into the next release.