Microsoft has already confirmed a ton of new features for the Windows 8.1 SkyDrive app, but one feature that will be notably missing is the highly flexible Fetch Files option.
This feature is currently available on the Skydrive.com website and can be accessed using web browsers, but two SkyDrive team members recently confirmed in a Reddit AMA session that this feature will not be included in the Metro app:
“Fetch is not currently in Windows 8.1. Sorry.”
For the uninitiated, the Fetch Files option is one of the finest features of SkyDrive, whereby it allows users of the service to access files on any PC remotely, simply by logging into their Microsoft Account.
Redmond offers the best explanation of this feature:
“If you have the SkyDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the Fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer by going to SkyDrive.com. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives.
When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show. To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. SkyDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be selected.”
This particular option also works on a Mac OS X computer, but it only allows the ability to fetch files stored on Windows devices.
Adding this feature to Windows 8.1 via the Metro app would essentially allow users full access to remote files straight from the Modern UI of the new operating system — without the need of launching the browser and connecting to Skydrive.com.
The two employees have not provided any details on whether Microsoft may consider adding such a feature into the Metro app in the future or not.