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You've probably noticed a big push towards cloud computing these days. And it's no surprise, built into Windows 8.1 are some cloud computing options. We're going to take a look at one now called SkyDrive. With your Windows Live account, you automatically get a SkyDrive. That is cloud storage. An area where you can place files and folders, in the cloud, meaning you can then access them from any device anywhere where you might be connected. So you're on the road with your tablet or smartphone. You can get access to the files that are typically stored on your computer.
But by storing them in the cloud, that means you can get at them anywhere. So we're going to take a look at SkyDrive beginning here in file explore. Where we left off looking at our exercise files. You'll notice in the Navigation pane, if you're logged into your Windows account. Using your Windows Live ID. I am. That's why I see SkyDrive over here on the left-hand side in the Navigation pane. And just like any other main folder, my favorites, libraries, etc. I can expand my SkyDrive to display the default folders, documents, favorites, pictures.
There's a public folder for storing files you want to share with people, even shared favorites. If you want to be specific about what you're sharing and who you're sharing with. So we're going to take a look at SkyDrive now by first putting some files into our SkyDrive folders. Now say we want to be able to read this document when we're on the road, either from our smartphone or tablet when we're connected. All we have to do is place it into a SkyDrive folder. I'm going to click and drag it down to Documents.
Now, before I let go, you'll notice it's about to be moved there. That means I won't have a copy in my exercise files folder any longer. It'll be in my Documents folder on SkyDrive. And I can hold down the Ctrl key on my keyboard to copy it instead. So when I release the mouse it's copied to my Documents folder. You can see that little sync icon showing up on the folder meaning something's in there. And now if I wanted to access this I simply go to that folder. So we can click Documents. I have a couple of other things in there, shortcuts already, but there's my file, my PDF file, which I can now access from any computer that's connected, any device, like a tablet or smartphone, that's connected on the road.
Let's leave here for a second. We'll press the Windows key on your keyboard to go back to the start screen. You'll notice there's a SkyDrive tile here as well. It's a built-in app. You don't have to download it. You get it with 8.1. Let's give it a click. It's going to launch the SkyDrive app and it's going to give you a different look at your SkyDrive. It's cloud storage, there's a little information there we can just click Close to close that up, and you'll notice tiles for your documents, your public folder. And there are some instructions for swiping or right clicking to select, but we're going to go to Documents with a simple click.
That opens it up and sure enough there's my brochure. So I could be on any computer accessing my SkyDrive and accessing this document. I give it a click to preview it over here on the right hand side. Alright let's press the Windows key to return to the start screen and click the Desktop tile to go back to our File Explorer. So with SkyDrive you have some built-in cloud storage you can purchase more space when you run out, if you need it. And from here again we could add files that we can access from anywhere.
At any time, but we can also put files into, our Public, or Shared favorites, an share with other people. For example, if you go to Exercise files here, an we pick one of our images, say, flowers, an drag it down to the Public folder. Hold down Ctrl to copy it there. And release the mouse button. Just copy it to the Public folder, and that means that anyone's going to have access to the contents in the Public folder. It's all synced up. There it is. And, now when people open up their SkyDrive, and we direct them to our Public folder, they'll be able to see this file.
That's one of the nice features of SkyDrive, not just having access to your files and folders from anywhere, but being able to share them with other people. Go back to our Exercise Files now. That's a quick intro to SkyDrive. You're going to see a lot of it. If you use any of the Microsoft Office apps, any of the newer versions say 2013 for example. You'll know the sky drive is your default save location, and saving to the Cloud obviously means a lot of convenience down the road.
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