|Guide for beginners and administrators|
Cloud (Internet) storage is an alternative to other similar services, such as megaupload or other virtual storage spaces intended for storing and sharing data. Birth of such services is a result of clearly obvious reasons - together with increasing popularity of mobile devices and recent cloud publicity, the users need for data accessibility on multiple devices is rising. That is why a cloud storage, sometimes also called an online disk, is becoming a place for private or corporate data. This article will be dedicated to storage services, their features and will also introduce the SkyDrive service as one of them.
First, let us describe the main advantages and new options for working with data which come with internet-based data storage:
However, a virtual storage may bring some disadvantages, too:
The following part of this article is based on our own experience with Microsoft storage services. Before we proceed, let us mention some competitive services, such as:
SkyDrive for Windows Installation
SkyDrive for Windows has replaced the previous Windows Live Mesh platform and is intended for backing up and synchronizing data in computers and mobile devices. The application enables its users to work on a document in an offline mode; then, after connecting to the internet, all files that have been modified get synchronized and the user can access them from various devices. The following part of this article will first introduce the installation of SkyDrive for Windows and then basic features of the platform.
Note: SkyDrive for Windows cannot be installed in computers with Windows XP; only the latest operating systems are supported. Versions for MAC OS and Windows Phone mobiles are also available.
New features and main differences between Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive for Windows:
SkyDrive for Windows installation file can be downloaded from: https://apps.live.com/skydrive. After having launched the installation, confirm you want to proceed and continue.
SkyDrive capacity upgrade for existing users
The SkyDrive cloud storage now offers default capacity of 7 GB which is 2 GB more for users who use synchronized storage, but it is 18 GB less as for the web storage itself. However, there is a way for the existing users of SkyDrive to increase the capacity to 25 GB for free.
Picture: SkyDrive on Windows 8.
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