SkyDrive Delivers Solid Cloud Storage Integration With Office 2013

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2013-02-19 Print this article Print

With that option checked, if you have another computer at another location, you can log into SkyDrive and connect to the first computer and access all your files. (Does that sound safe to you? You decide, and I’ll discuss more about security later in this article.) There are other options, such as choosing the folders on your computer that map to SkyDrive.

As for managing your storage, that takes place in the SkyDrive Website. The page shows you how much storage you have, and how much you’ve used. There’s also a link where you can purchase more storage above the free 7GB. (At the time of this writing, you can move up to 20GB for $10 per year, 50GB for $25 per year, and 100GB for $50 per year.)

SkyDrive Online

In addition to storing your files in the cloud, you can also access the cloud versions directly through the Web browser by going to (See the slide show for screenshots.) On the left side of the window you see a menu, including menu items Files, Recent Docs and Shared.

Clicking on Files, you see blue rectangles (that look like the new Windows 8 interface). Each rectangle is a folder. You can click on one to go into that folder and see that folder’s contents. Also, if there are documents and images in the folder, the folder isn’t just a blue rectangle; it shows a thumbnail version of the first file in the folder, and even rotates through the different files.

I’m not sure how useful that is, but it looks pretty (if that counts for anything). When I click on my QuinStreet folder, I see the articles I’ve written for eWEEK that I saved in my SkyDrive, including the one for the review I wrote of Eclipse Orion. That’s a Word document, and it has a little Word icon. If I right-click it, I get a popup menu, with the top two items being Open in Word Web App and Open in Word. I’ll cover that next.

Integration With Office 2013

I’m only touching briefly on this, as I’ll explore it more in my article later this month about Office 2013.

But for now I’ll say that Office 2013 is fully integrated with SkyDrive. By default, Office encourages you to save your files in your SkyDrive, although you’re free to save them anywhere on your computer as before. When you do, your files get stored both locally in your SkyDrive folder (or a subfolder you created under it) and are uploaded to your cloud drive.

You can then open your files from within Word, for example, by simply accessing the SkyDrive folder. Or, from the SkyDrive folder page in the browser, you can use the popup menu I mentioned a moment ago. Clicking the second option, Open in Word, you get a popup for permission. I’m using Chrome, and I see “Run this time” and “Always run on this site.”


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