How to work with Microsoft SkyDrive together with Microsoft Office

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SkyDrive logoWhile many people have their Windows Live account and use Windows Live Messenger regularly, some even don't know, that they have access to a free cloud on-line storage from Microsoft.

The service is called SkyDrive and it is around for quite some time, but it got recently an update and has some new great features. It is especially handy to people who need to work from several computers and devices or want to have access to some documents or photos from any place via internet. There are of course alternatives, like DropBox or GoogleDrive, but if you work frequently in Windows, with Microsoft Office software and even have Windows Phone you will really appreciate what SkyDrive offers.

SkyDrive Cloud Storage

SkyDrive currently offers 7 GB of free storage for new users, however old users can increase it to 25 GB for a limited time. So if you have Windows ID and if you didn't already do so, quickly login to your SkyDrive account and update your account so you wont miss the chance.

There is also paid yearly plan that can increase the size of your SkyDrive cloud up to 100 GB for a total of 125 GB (107 for new users).

SkyDrive and Microsoft Office

SkyDrive is integrated into latest versions of Microsoft Office. More specific, it can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, and allows you to save your documents directly to SkyDrive folder and work with them later.

You can simply use use File ► Save & Send ► Save to Web ► Sign In option, login to SkyDrive with your Windows Live ID and save the file directly to cloud.


SkyDrive integration in Microsoft Word. (click on the screenshot to enlarge it)
 

You can then access these documents on SkyDrive website and continue to work (albeit with limited functions) in a web version of Microsoft Office programs.

SkyDrive web interface screenshot. Document opened in Microsoft Word web app.
Microsoft Word document on SkyDrive opened in Word web app. (click on the screenshots to enlarge them)
 

If you have Windows Phone, you can access those documents in Office ► Locations ► SkyDrive and continue to work with these files. There is also same app for iOS devices, so even Apple users with iPhone or iPad can fully utilize Skydrive.

This makes SkyDrive a really great tool for working with Office documents no matter if you are Windows, Mac user or have an iPhone or Windows Phone.

SkyDrive on desktop computer

Microsoft released apps for both Windows and Mac OS X, with which you can easily synchronize your computer and your SkyDrive account.

In Windows it adds another folder to Windows Explorer and you can pretty much work with it like you are used to and quickly copy documents and other files to and from your SkyDrive. Basically it replaces the sometimes laggy uploading of your files through web browser. It also now supports files large as much as 2GB, which is large step from the previous 100MB limitation. On Mac it is implemented as user directory in Apple Finder.

SkyDrive for Windows screenshot. SkyDrive for Mac screenshot.

Official screenshot of SkyDrive for Windows and Mac.

File Sharing through SkyDrive

With SkyDrive you can also simply share folders and individual files with other users. You will just grant them access via the share option and SkyDrive will send e-mail with URL to shared files. This is great feature for easy sharing of your family or holiday photos to your friends or sharing documents with your fellow colleagues.

 Working with and sharing folders in SkyDrive. Sharing SkyDrive folder to specific person only.
Sharing selected folder to a specific user through e-mail. (click on the screenshots to enlarge them)

SkyDrive service is also fully integrated with social networks, like Facebook, Twitter or Linkedln. You can easily share your files (especially photographs) on these networks.

SkyDrive and 3rd party Windows Phone apps

SkyDrive for Windows Phone logo.

Some great 3rd party apps for Windows Phone are fully integrated with SkyDrive. For example all Top Windows Phone e-book readers can be synchronized with your SkyDrive accounts, so you can easily access your e-book library directly in your phone. But that's just top of the iceberg, hopefully more and more apps for Windows Phone will take advantage of SkyDrive.

 

Related software and links:

Microsoft Excel icon

Microsoft Excel    Microsoft Windows platform
A popular spreadsheet application distributed with Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Excel for Mac icon

Microsoft Excel for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A popular spreadsheet application from the Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Office icon

Microsoft Office    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular and powerful office suites on market

 
Microsoft Office for Mac icon

Microsoft Office for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
The latest release of Microsoft's productivity suite for Mac

 
Microsoft OneNote icon

Microsoft OneNote    Microsoft Windows platform
Microsoft OneNote is application used to create short notes distributed with Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft PowerPoint icon

Microsoft PowerPoint    Microsoft Windows platform
A presentation program from the Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac icon

Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Mac version of popular presentation software from Microsoft

 
Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
A series of operating systems produced by Microsoft

 
Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Word    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular word processor program from Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Word for Mac icon

Microsoft Word for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A Mac version of the popular word processing application

 
OneDrive for iOS icon

OneDrive for iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
iOS Client for Microsoft cloud service

 
OneDrive for Mac icon

OneDrive for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A Mac version of OneDrive client

 
OneDrive for Windows icon

OneDrive for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Microsoft OneDrive Client for Windows

 
OneDrive for Windows Phone icon

OneDrive for Windows Phone    Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile platform
Microsoft OneDrive Client for Windows Phone

 

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