About the terms os use in Skydrive

Aug 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM

This is an important question, does this API violates the Terms of user of Skydrive?

If go to "Terms" at the bottom of the Skydrive page and then go to section "2. Using the service" you will find this:


You must not (...) use any unauthorized means to modify, reroute, or gain access to the service or attempt to carry out these activities; or use any automated process or service (such as a bot, a spider, periodic caching of information stored by Microsoft, or metasearching) to access or use the service. You may be able to access third-party websites or services via the service; you acknowledge that we are not responsible for such websites or services or content that may be available there.

Sep 5, 2011 at 5:28 AM

It sounds to me like using this API does violate the terms of service. Microsoft has not published a means to access SkyDrive, aside from using their apps. We can only assume that Microsoft products are currently the only "authorized" means of accessing the SkyDrive. Also, if non-Microsoft programmers were authorized to access the SkyDrive, then Microsoft would have (at the very least) had to publish a commercially available API. The fact that no one has heard anything about such an API would suggest that such access is unwelcome.

That being said, they don't really define "unauthorized", and might be something to write to Microsoft about for clarification. In the meantime, I'll just play it safe and stick with the definition "unauthorized == not explicitly authorized"!