Microsoft Skydrive File Synchronisation

Many readers would be familiar with the Dropbox file synchronisation program, which lets you sync documents across multiple PCs, notebooks, phones and tablets and also access your documents through a web browser.  Microsoft also has their own version of this, called SkyDrive.  Previously you could only access your SkyDrive storage via a website but Microsoft recently released a desktop SkyDrive program for PC and Apple devices.  Like Dropbox, this create a SkyDrive folder, and anything you save in there is synchronised to the internet (the cloud) so it is securely backed up and accessible anywhere.  SkyDrive gives you 7 gigabytes of storage for free, as opposed to Dropbox 2GB for a free account.  Although not as rich in some advanced features as Dropbox, initial testing seems positive including the ability to successfully upload a file I have never been able to sync with Dropbox.   Users of Word and Excel 2010 can also save their documents directly to SkyDrive.  Click the File Menu, then Save & Send, then Save to Web and login with your SkyDrive account (this is just your Hotmail or Windows Live login, if you don’t have one its simple and quick to create).  You will then see your SkyDrive folders and can save and name your file.    Read more about SkyDrive and download the desktop program here:

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