What is the API for accessing content on SkyDrive?

The last time I mentioned programmatic access to SkyDrive was last June, where I noted that the interface was given the confusing name Messenger Connect. At least now they renamed it to Live Connect, which is slightly less confusing.

The SkyDrive folks have been pretty busy lately. A few days ago, Dare Obasanjo announced a new Live Connect SDK, which means that you now have even more ways of accessing your SkyDrive content programmatically. (I like how the block diagram screen shot still has the red underline squiggles under the word skydrive.) Check it out at the Live Connect Developer Center.

You can watch the //build/ presentation online if you want to watch somebody try to write code on stage. (I don't risk it myself. You may have noticed that none of my presentations involve on-stage typing!)

Dare Obasanjo trivia: His dad was President of Nigeria, which means that when he gets email titled I am a Nigerian government official, and I need your help, he can't just delete it like the rest of us do. They might actually be for him!

Comments (14)
  1. Adam Rosenfield says:

    I misread that title as "What is the API for accessing content on SkyNet?".

  2. kbiel says:


    SkyNet API: Wait for hybrid human/terminator to join your resistance movement then ask it to break back in to SkyNet's main location and hook back in to the network. (Sadly, I learned this from watching the latest Terminator movie rehashing the SkyNet ineptly tries to kill John Connor plot.)

  3. ChuckOp says:

    @Adam:  At my company, the technical support folks have a knowledge base article system named "SkyNet" for reasons that aren't clear.

  4. icabod says:

    Marvelous. Now I just need to find the time to write a SkyDrive-supporting Robocopy clone.

  5. blah says:

    What is Microsoft doing hiring the families of deposed Nigeran rulers? Talk about the ultimate scam!

  6. Gabe says:

    It turns out that Obasanjo is not actually a deposed Nigerian ruler. He served as leader after a coup up until they created an American-style constitution, and many years later served out two elected terms as President. He apparently tried to get the constitution amended to enable more than two terms, but was unsuccessful.

    Also I was disappointed to see that the Wikipedia article merely states that he has many children spread around Nigeria, America, and the UK, leaving out any mention of Dare.

  7. John Conner says:

    Sorry Raymond, I coudln't find your email or facebook and the suggestion box is closed, but you migh know this:

    How can I join a T800 to my own Active Directory Domain if it was previously joined to skynet?

  8. Dave Bacher says:


    The T800 needs to be running Windows 10 Advanced Robotic Ultra Workgroup Ultimate, Release 2, Service Pack 17 in order to be joined to the Active Directory domain.  If it was previously removed from a domain, you need to re-image it.  Be careful because Service Pack 18 breaks it.  Another alternative is to install Windows XP on the T800, but large portions of it's neural net won't work correctly, and any passing freedom fighter will be able to bypass it's firewall at will.

  9. DWalker says:

    Raymond:  Your suggestion box is closed, and I couldn't find your personal phone number or home address, but you might know this:  

    How long should you cook a 20-pound turkey (thawed) for best results?

  10. Joshua says:

    @DWalker: Good timing. If he answers, it will be right around Thanksgiving 2013, by which time your turkey is beyond rancid.

  11. Don Munsil says:


    According to Cooks Illustrated, 4.25-4.5 hours total, at 425 for the first hour, then 325 for the remaining time.

    • Rinse and dry the turkey. Remove the giblets and neck.
    • Put the turkey in a V-rack in a roasting pan, breast-down

    • Brush the exposed surfaces of the turkey with melted butter

    • Roast in a preheated 425F oven for 1 hour

    • Pull the turkey out, turn the oven to 325F, and turn the turkey over so it's breast-side-down. Use two clean dishtowels to hold the turkey so you don't burn yourself.

    • Brush the newly exposed breast with melted butter

    • Return to the oven and roast for 3.25-3.5 hours or until the deepest part of the thigh registers 165 on an instant-read thermometer.

    • Remove the turkey from the oven, take it off the rack, and cover it with an aluminum foil tent. Let it rest for 30 minutes (while you make gravy with the drippings)

    I did the above this thanksgiving and the bird was great. I omitted Cook's recommended brining step, but used a Butterball turkey, which is pre-brined.

  12. DWalker says:

    Thanks, Don.  There's nothing like hijacking a blog comment feed (like John Conner did) to use for our own evil purposes!

  13. Kyle Reese says:

    I don't think DWalker knows who John Conner is =)

  14. LocalH says:

    @Dave Bacher: you forget, the T800 doesn't run Windows, he runs on a modified Apple II motherboard. 6502 baby!

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