Working with SkyDrive in Windows 8

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What Is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is a cloud service hosted by Microsoft that can be accessed by using built-in SkyDrive app in Windows 8. When users create a Microsoft account, they are provided with 7 GB of free online storage on the SkyDrive, which they can use to store their data. Data that is stored on the SkyDrive from one computer can be accessed from any other computer in the world, as long as it has active Internet connection and SkyDrive app installed in it.

Microsoft account holders can store any type of data in the SkyDrive, provided the uploaded data is compliant with the SkyDrive terms and conditions, and usage policies.

Increasing SkyDrive Capacity

As discussed above, every Microsoft account user gets 7 GB of free online storage on the SkyDrive cloud service. If required, this free 7 GB of online storage can be increased by paying additional annual charges. At the time of this writing, SkyDrive can be upgraded to the following available options:

  • 20 GB – This upgrade provides up to 27 GB (20 GB paid + 7 GB free) of storage on SkyDrive cloud service.
  • 50 GB – This upgrade provides up to 57 GB (50 GB paid + 7 GB free) of storage on SkyDrive cloud service.
  • 100 GB – This upgrade provides up to 107 (100 GB paid + 7 GB free) of storage on SkyDrive cloud service.

In order to store data on the available storage on the SkyDrive, users must provide Microsoft account credentials. If users use personal computer to gain access to the SkyDrive, it is recommended that they should log on to the computer with Microsoft account.

How to Upload Data to SkyDrive?

To upload files (data) to the SkyDrive, steps below must be followed:

  1. Use any user account to log on to Windows 8 computer.
  2. Click SkyDrive tile from the Start screen.

    Click SkyDrive

  3. On Add your Microsoft account box, specify the desired Microsoft account ID and password in the available fields.
  4. On the displayed window, click the corresponding folder that should contain the file that is to be uploaded to the SkyDrive. (Documents for this demonstration)
  5. On next window, right-click anywhere.
  6. From the displayed advanced option at the bottom of the screen, click Upload.

    Click Upload

  7. On next window, browse for, locate, and click to select the located file that is to be uploaded.

    Select the File

  8. From the bottom of the screen, click Add to SkyDrive button to upload the selected file to the SkyDrive.

How to Upgrade SkyDrive Storage?

To upgrade SkyDrive storage in Windows 8, steps below must be followed:

  1. Use any user account to log on to Windows 8 computer.
  2. Click SkyDrive tile from the Start screen.
  3. Provide Microsoft account ID and password, if prompted.
  4. On the displayed window, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. From the displayed options in the right, click Settings.
  6. On Settings pane, click Options.
  7. On Options pane, click Manage Storage.
  8. On the opened Internet Explorer window, specify Microsoft account ID and password in the available fields.
  9. Once done, click Sign in to log in to the SkyDrive webpage.
  10. On the next page, from Options pane in the left, click Manage storage.

    Click Manage Storage

  11. From the displayed options, click Upgrade.
  12. On Upgrade options pane in the right, click Select button representing the desired upgrade plan to upgrade the SkyDrive storage accordingly.

    Choose Desired Plan

  13. On the next window, populate the fields with the correct values.
  14. Click Next, amd follow on-screen instructions thereafter to complete the process.
Vivek Nayyar

Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platforms. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations. Technical Writer and Author.
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