The New and Improved SkyDrive

by Robyn Wright on April 23, 2012

in Tech

I have mentioned Microsoft’s SkyDrive before. It is cloud space from Microsoft that lets you store documents and files and be able to access them on other devices or share with friends or even publicly. While I have been using SkyDrive for many things, I still used Dropbox primarily for this. Dropbox is a similar tool, but I felt it was easier to use.

However, SkyDrive has been improved! I am such a happy camper.

skydrive installer

First you need the apps for your computer and your devices. There are versions for your PC, Mac, iPhone, and Windows Phones. They are very easy to install and you will only need your Windows Live ID to sign in to your account (or create one if you do not already have one). 2012-04-23T15-39-52_02012-04-23T15-39-52_1

These are screen shots of the SkyDrive app on my iPhone. I love that on the left photo you can see how many items are in each folder also.

 

You can then easily find your SkyDrive folder under your favorites in your Windows files – just drag and drop files you want to store there. It really is that easy. Now you can access those files on skydrive.live.com on any computer around the world also. If you are using an iPhone or Windows Phone you can use the app on those to also connect, view, upload, share, etc.

New users get 7 GB of storage, that’s quit a bit. Microsoft said that according to their info that is enough for 99% of their users actually. However, if you already have a SkyDrive account and have uploaded items before you can get a free upgrade to 25 GB of storage right now. You need to go and select it though (took me about 5 seconds).

Screen shot of my SkyDrive.Live page

This is a partial screenshot of my own SkyDrive on skydrive.live.com

What is really new is that you can fetch any file from a Windows PC – not just Office files or photos. It also seems much faster that previous versions of SkyDrive. With the updated iPhone app I can select multiple files at once also – happy dance!

Some of the ways that I use SkyDrive:

  • I take a lot of photos with my iPhone that I need to use on my blog. I just send them via SkyDrive from my iPhone app to my SkyDrive account and can then insert them into my blog post from whatever computer I am using.
  • Hubby sometimes takes photos for me for blog posts too. He uses several of the items I talk about and has learned what kind of pics I need over the years. He can put them in a SkyDrive account and share them with just me also.
  • With my social media work I collaborate with many people on different projects. We can share documents on SkyDrive and even open them directly to work on them at skydrive.live.com This is very handy on staying organized. While many use Google Docs for things like this – SkyDrive is a better choice for me because yes, I have the Office documents AND the other files and photos all in the same location. For me, it is much more easily organized.

skydrive drag and drop easily

Easily drag and drop files into your SkyDrive folder on your PC.

skydrive pin

Pin SkyDrive.Live.com to your toolbar for even quicker access! When you right click a pin a menu pops up which is very handy!

There are endless possibilities in the way that you can use SkyDrive. I would encourage you to give it a try – it’s free. This is also one of those tools that you learn to rely on quickly. Once you do, you will find yourself sharing it with others and teaching them (easily) now to use it.

How do you think you would use SkyDrive for personal or business use?

 

I am a Windows ChampionDISCLOSURE: I am currently a member of the Windows Champions program and receive various benefits from Microsoft as a part of that. Opinions about the products and services are always my own. I am truly a long-time fan of Microsoft and their products.

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Swifty

    Since you are a user of both, can you give us a side-by-side comparison of SkyDrive and DropBox?

  • tannawings

    I have used neither.. and goodness how I wish I had something like this when I used to do alot more artwork. I might just download it, thats alot of storage- now to even remember my Windows ID! 

  • Ravzie

    All of this is so over my head, LOL.  I guess I just don’t do enough with the computer to try to figure it out.

  • http://twitter.com/NICKIEISIS3 nickie burke

    I’m lost lol, I think I will wait for my husband so he can walk me thru this.

  • LAXDUDE

    ipad!

  • http://twitter.com/momof2dancers Ginny

    I have been using skydrive for almost 2 years with my windows phone. I got the 25 gb because of it, love it. I’ve tried using dropbox, but skydrive makes more sense with my phone. It also is great with windows 8.

  • http://twitter.com/rkosully Robin

    I just signed up. I will definitely use it to store both personal and work files.
    Thanks for letting us know about this great resource!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      So glad you are giving it a try. It really is a great resource!Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: The New and Improved SkyDrive

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