You can, however send someone a link to the root folders in your SkyDrive – and by reassembling the link, we can use it for other folders too… so lets have a look at the URL for the root “Public” folder:
Essentially this looks like a global redirect “page” which takes 2 parameters – the Client ID (cid) and the Resource ID (resid) – The Resource ID takes the format of the Client ID, An Exclamation point (ASCII encoded) and the Resource ID (in the URL above it’s 248). When you navigate into any folder, the Resource ID appears in the URL – So you can take the URL you see, pull out the Resource ID and Client ID and put it into the URL above and create a link directly to the folder. It’s not that easy, but it’s the most reliable way of doing it manually, and at this time there’s no automated way.
Equals this working link:
Replace the word “redir” with the word “download” and you have a link that will ship the file directly to your computer…. e.g.:
https://skydrive.live.com/download.aspx?cid=74C8FB1191265567&resid=74C8FB1191265567%211102 (This can be particularly useful to create links to Office documents, videos and images which Skydrive would otherwise open directly in the browser, wrapped in the skydrive UI.
Replace it with the word “embed” and you get a url which just displays the asset itself – useful if you want to use a skydrive image in a blog! Note you can also sometimes get the same URL by clicking the “embed” link in the SkyDrive web interface (if you strip it out from the rest of the iFrame HTML).
Note that %21 is the Ascii for ! – don’t include the 21 in your Resource ID