Chapter 16: Working in the Cloud


Understanding the cloud

Accessing SkyDrive files

Using SkyDrive

In 2005, Microsoft introduced an online web portal for users to store files, get their e-mail, communicate with other users, and share files. This web portal is collectively known as Windows Live and is discussed in more detail in Chapter 12. In this chapter, however, you learn about working in the cloud with Microsoft SkyDrive, an online file sharing and file storage tool. To go to SkyDrive using a browser simply open or in your web browser.

Microsoft SkyDrive provides an area online for you to store and share photos, presentations, and other files. With Windows 8.1, an app is available to help you manage and add files to SkyDrive. This chapter shows you how to use the SkyDrive app Windows syncing application.

In previous versions of Windows, SkyDrive was an app you downloaded and installed. In Windows 8.1, SkyDrive functionality is fully integrated with the operating system and the service appears as a separate drive or device to all applications.

Even if you aren't connected to the Internet, you can still use SkyDrive locally and use its features to sync your files with the online portal and share files with other applications that are SkyDrive aware.

Synchronizing files between all your devices is as simple as setting up your devices to support and sign in to SkyDrive with your Microsoft account. You can copy files ...

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