Some days you have to wonder whether the SharePoint team actually test anything before release

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So todays tale of mediocrity comes from the SharePoint team with SkyDrive Pro.

Picture this. You have an Enterprise Office 365 subscription, with a ton (1.5 GB) of documents uploaded to a SharePoint library. This is very important: SharePoint has let you upload a bunch of documents.

Attempt to sync with SkyDrive Pro and you get an error saying that a filename is too long.

Sorry? You let me upload it in the first place, and now you are saying that you will not sync it?

*deep breath*

Ok. I can live with that. Please continue SkyDrive.

But no. It stops. You *have* to fix the filename and start  ALL OVER AGAIN. And guess what: There is another filename that is too long. In fact, there are probably a large number of them. But you will have to do one of 2 things:

  • 1. Go to the SharePoint site, change the filename, try again, rinse and repeat
  • OR
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  • 2. Manually go through EVERY SINGLE GODDAM FILE and check for length

Seriously Microsoft – where is the quality control here? Where is the option to at least ignore the long filenames and report on them afterwards?. Or take the Windows 8.1 approach of putting a placeholder on the local files system and then warn when opening?

Seriously. Can it be that hard or too much to ask? After all, an Office 365 Enterprise subscription is a PAID subscription.

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Richard

Richard is a Director and the principal Consultant at Dev iQ Pty Ltd. He specialises in SharePoint, Team Foundation Server/Visual Studio and .NET Development.

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