Online file storage – Windows Live SkyDrive

500MB of free online storage that can be private, shared or public.

This has been coming for a little while, and then when it arrived, it was initially only for users in the US. But now, it has been activated for customers in the UK. And this has some really useful applications in education. SkyDrive gives users 500MB of free online file storage – password protected by their Windows Live ID. And they can be stored in private, shared or public folders – allowing you to decide who has access to each folder.

What could you do with it? Well, things like…

  • Backup up important files, using personal folders.
  • Access files from any PC with Internet access – making it easy to move files between a personal PC and a shared university PC – for you or your students.
  • Work on a project with colleagues or amongst students, using shared folders.
  • Publish files, so that students can read them, but control their access so that they cannot add files or delete them – useful for assignments?

Some of the features added to this Beta version are:

  • An upgraded look and feel – new graphics to go along with your new features!
  • “Also on SkyDrive” – easily get back to the SkyDrives you’ve recently visited
  • You can see thumbnails of your image files
  • Drag and drop your files right onto your SkyDrive, using the handy applet
  • Embed your stuff anywhere – with just a few clicks, post your files and folders anywhere you can post html

Sign up for your personal SkyDrive here

Comments (2)

  1. Nigel Bruce says:

    When are Microsoft going to start using CardSpace for authenticating access to their own services? If they don’t start using it how can they expect anyone else to take it up? Also are there any plans to make MS Live services a relying party for use with OpenIDs?

  2. Phil Allen says:

    You can use live with cardspace today going to and setting it up.

    In addition, the Live ID web authentication SDK was just released!AEE1BB0D86E23AAC!908.entry so you will be able to use Live IDs with an increasing number of sites and services as well as use Live ID for your own sites.

    Plans to support OpenID with cardspace are well publicised  I’m afraid I can’t comment on any plans around OpenID and Live Services at the moment as I don’t know if there are any or what they might be.