In This Chapter
Understanding what SkyDrive is and how it works
Logging in to Windows Live
Choosing how private you want to be
Finding your SkyDrive folders in Windows Live
Creating, navigating, renaming, and deleting folders
Creating a new file with an Office Web App
Opening and editing files with an Office Web App or Office 2010 program
Uploading and downloading files
SkyDrive is part of Windows Live, a collection of free online services and software products offered by Microsoft. SkyDrive was designed to store files online, but you can use the service as well to create, edit, and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files.
This chapter introduces SkyDrive. It shows you how to sign up with Windows Live and create folders in SkyDrive for storing your files. You also discover how, after you create a folder, to create Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files and store them in SkyDrive. You find out how to manage, upload, and download files, as well as how to edit Office files you keep at SkyDrive.
By the way, this chapter covers running the Office Web Apps in Windows Live SkyDrive, but you can also run Office Web Apps without keeping your files at Windows Live. Using a software product called SharePoint 2010, you can run the Office Web Apps from a server on a local network. For example, you can run the Office Web Apps from and store your files on a server that is owned and operated by the company you work for. If this topic interests you, turn to Chapter ...