Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your files at disposal wherever you go without carrying cards or memories around? Wouldn’t it be great to backup and save your important contents in a secure location? Wouldn’t it be both practical and fun to have a service to easily share your files with friends over the Internet? Well, let me inform you that kind of service exists and it’s better known as “cloud computing“. We’ve posted about 8 free backup files alternatives, but today I’m going to talk about the Microsoft’s Windows Live service.
Its name is SkyDrive and it’s a free (and great) alternative to Dropbox files platform. SkyDrive it’s a store-and-share kind of service that allows you to upload a wide variety of contents to a personal online folder of 25 GB. Whether you need to share big files over the Web, want a free backup or just want to free some space from your hard disk, SkyDrive is the service that will help you do it. And you only need a Windows Live account for it to work!
The only thing you have to do is to access your Windows Live ID (if you don’t have one, you can easily register here) and look for the SkyDrive service in the Windows Live menu. Once you’ve entered your ID, you can start using the service by creating a new folder in which you’ll have the possibility to upload any type of files (with a maximum size of 50 MB each). Therefore, you will be able to upload videos, photos, documents, presentations, songs and many more, all of which will be available online anywhere, anytime.
How do you upload contents to SkyDrive?
It’s very easy: simply select the folder where you want your files to be uploaded to and drag and drop the desired contents. Once you are done, just click the “Continue” button and your files will be already online. Simple enough, uh?
Now that you have your files online, do you want to share them with some of your friends? You can establish permits for their containing folder with which you can determine beforehand who will be able to visualize the files (yourself, some or all of your friends and you may even define the folder as “public”, which will make the contents available for anyone on the Web).
Additionally, you will be able to send a specific link to your folders to anyone you decide. By clicking that URL, your friends will be directed to the indicated location. In that way, you’ll be sharing your files efficiently and easily in no time.
As if all of the above weren’t enough, you can neatly arrange all the files you upload: create new folders for every content type and include a brief description for each and every one of your materials. By doing this, you will have no trouble finding what you need whenever you want it.
Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to create and edit Microsoft Office documents directly from your own browser, thanks to the functions and feature of Office Web Apps. This service provides all the necessary tools (lighter versions of Microsoft Office suite: Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint) for you to work on any of your uploaded Office files without having to download them.
Windows Live SkyDrive maybe isn’t that popular, but surely is a great dropbox alternative, since it packs great functions which are very easy to use. Besides it provides a great platform to get a free backup and share all of your files. So, what are you waiting? Give it a try now!
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