Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Integrating with the cloud, part of Office 2013 First Look.
With Cloud Computing gaining in popularity, you can understand why Microsoft has decided to push us in that direction here in the new Office Suite 2013. For example, here in Microsoft Word, if we click the File tab, and we wanted to open a file with Open selected, under Places you'll see Recent Documents, but look what comes next, it's your SkyDrive. Now if you're using Windows 8, like I am, you're automatically logged into your Microsoft account when you launch Windows. And that's why you'll see your name next to SkyDrive.
With a free Windows Live account you get 20 gigabytes of free space on the Cloud in SkyDrive. If you need more space you can purchase more, but it is the new default for opening and saving your files. So, for example, if we go to New, choose Blank document, and just type in some quick text. I am going to type in my name and press Enter, I am ready to save this document, I'll go back to the File tab and choose either Save or Save As--either one will show the same results--under Places your default location now, it's already highlighted, or selected, is your SkyDrive.
Now you can click the Browse button, if you like, to browse through your SkyDrive. And if you want to go to the root, just scroll up to the SkyDrive, here, in the left-hand side, and give it a click. You'll notice default folder is created for you in SkyDrive. If you have never set this up, you might be prompted to do some set up steps on the fly, here, while you're working in the Office Suite. But once that's done, you'll have a Documents folder, a Pictures folder, and a Public folder--anything you put there will be shared with anyone who has access to that Public folder.
Let's say I do want to share this document with others, I'll double-click Public, I'll see the file name by default, I am fine with that, and click Save. It's now saved to the Cloud, and of course, this means I can access it from any computer that's connected to the Internet by logging into my Microsoft account, it could be a tablet, could also be a smart phone using a web app. Now this is the exact same way in each of the programs in the Office Suite. For example, if you want to launch Microsoft Excel--I already have it running down here.
If we go up to the File tab, here under Open, you're going to see SkyDrive at the very top. Under Save As, it's also the default place to save your documents, or in this case, your spreadsheets. Go over to PowerPoint, if you want, and under PowerPoint you'll see the exact same thing by clicking the File tab, there it is under Open > David River's SkyDrive. So as you can see, Microsoft has decided to push us in the direction of Cloud computing. You do have access to your own computer to store files locally, but by default, you're going to see SkyDrive at the top of the list.
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