SkyDrive is a powerful tool for sharing and collaboration, highlighted by the generous 25GB storage that it comes with for many users.
SkyDrive: Using The Application To Share Files And Documents
SkyDrive is the cloud storage solution from Microsoft that is going to ship with Windows 8 as a completely built in feature. It will be accessible to third-party software for storing user information, preferences and files for syncing across multiple machines. It is also extremely useful for file sharing and collaborating. However, before you jump in to, it is worthwhile to be reminded that you should not rely on SkyDrive for back up. It is definitely a useful cloud storage tool but it should mainly be used to for sharing and syncing files. Not for storing the only copy of something very important.
Finding SkyDrive is simple in Windows 8 — just start typing out ‘SkyDrive’ when you are on the Start Screen and it will soon appear as a search result. You can also log on to skydrive.live.com. If you have logged in to a Windows 8 machine with your Live ID, you already have a SkyDrive account. In fact you should already have it if you have a Live ID. Old users can upgrade to a 25GB online storage for a limite period.
One you open the SkyDrive app on Windows 8, the Metro style interface is extremely simple to use. Just tap on the bottom of the screen or right click on the bottom to bring up the contextual menu to add items.
If you have done nothing on Windows 8 and your Live account, you will probably see an empty drive. However, if you have installed applications and shared things previously, you are going to see some files and folders that are already there. This also depends on your sharing settings.
Currently the app is limited to just uploading and viewing your files. For moving them you will have to log in to the web interface. You can also open documents directly from the web interface and edit them online if you don’t have MS Office apps. And then you can share them by dropping them on to the public folder. Just be careful about what you share and make available to the public.
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