Friday, 11 January 2013

How does SkyDrive work with Windows 8?

So an obvious change to computing, that you have most likely noticed in the past 2 years, is cloud computing. If you don't know what cloud computing is (which you should if you're using Windows8 ) here is a brief overview.
It basically is the concept of storing all of your data, instead of on a local hard drive, on a server somewhere in a server farm owned by some company.
This essentially makes it easier to access, manage, and backup all of the files that you would have needed a specific computer to access in the past.

Microsoft's SkyDrive is one of the many services (like Google Docs, Dropbox, or Zoho) that allows you to store you files for free, and it is being integrated with Windows 8 more than it has with any other version of Windows before.
If you have used Windows 8 on your own device, you should have noticed the clouds influence on Windows 8 as soon as you were setting it up for the first time. Windows prompts you to either sign in using a current Microsoft account, or register for a new one. This allows your device to be ready for syncing with the cloud once you have it authorized.
This also hooks you into the wonderful world of SkyDrive. Right on your Metro Start Screen you will see that SkyDrive has its own tile. If you click (tap) on it it will give you direct access to all of your stored files. When files are clicked, naturally Windows 8 opens the corrects app that is associated with that file type.
There are some differences with file opening in Windows 8, by the way. First off, there are some new programs Microsoft has silently packaged in that expand filetype readability.
One example is Microsoft Reader that reads PDF documents. (I'm guessing that this app will be a little more secure and less annoying that any of the PDF readers made by Adobe.)
Also, if there aren't any apps installed that are associated with the selected file type, Windows will allow you to search the App Store, which is a lot more convenient than searching the entire internet as Windows has suggested in the past.
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