I’m a Microsoft Windows Champion and they share information with me and it’s my job to pass it on to you. My husband and I use SkyDrive a lot, I’ve been using it for years actually. I have tons of my blog photos shared there, giving me more hard drive space locally on my computer. I can create slide shows or embed files like pdf documents directly into my blog posts. I love it, it makes my job (mommy blogger) that much easier. Plus, with Windows 8, I love how SkyDrive is integrated as a place I can directly save to when I’m creating documents. Then I can also use SkyDrive on any device. There are apps for Android and iOS where I can share my files and have access to them no matter where I am or whose device I’m using. Here’s more information for you guys about how to FULLY use SkyDrive to your benefit……..
Do more with SkyDrive!
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s personal cloud storage service, providing over 250 million customers with access to their files, photos and documents across all of their devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, as well as Mac, iOS and Android devices. SkyDrive is directly integrated with Microsoft Office and lets users edit and collaborate on Office documents from any computer with the free Office Web Apps. To put it simply, with SkyDrive you can store more than 7k photos or 14k Office documents in the cloud for free! Harrison Hoffman from the SkyDrive team joined the Windows Champions a few weeks ago to show off how the tool works. Below are a few of his personal tips:
1. Share photos and files on SkyDrive.com
o Upload your files to your SkyDrive. (Files can be up to 2 GB in size, depending on how you upload them.)
o Select the item you want to share.
o Choose Sharing, and then decide how you want to share.
§ By email. When you share files this way, recipients will be able to see them when they go to SkyDrive.com and choose Shared. And you’ll be able to remove permissions for individual people later if you need to.
§ On Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more—you can share SkyDrive files with any contact or network you’ve connected to your SkyDrive account.
§ With a link (handy if you want to copy and paste into an instant message or webpage).
§ After you share a file or folder, you can change its permissions if you need to. Just select it, and then choose Sharing. You can remove permissions to stop sharing the item, or, depending on how you shared the item, you can change whether people are allowed to edit the item.
2. Fetch Files from your PC
o Fetch files from your Windows PC remotely (from a separate Windows PC), even if they’re not saved to your SkyDrive account, as long as it’s connected to the Internet. To turn on fetch, right-click the SkyDrive desktop icon () in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar. (You might need to click Show hidden icons first to see the icon.) Then click Settings, and then check the Let me use SkyDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC option.
3. Embed files directly into your website or blog
o If you have a website or blog, it’s quick and easy to embed photos, videos, Office documents, and other files from SkyDrive. You can even customize how embedded Excel workbooks appear to other people.
§ Select the file you want to embed.
§ Click Embed, and then click Generate.
§ Copy and paste the code into the code of your website or blog.