Yesterday’s announcement about new features to SkyDrive is great news for students and education staff. SkyDrive’s file cloud is now more accessible with the option to view and edit files from all popular desktop and mobile devices. Student files and assignments can be stored and accessed online in one easy to reach place, either from school, home or anywhere else. Students and teachers can collaborate remotely with the ability to view and edit their files using their chosen device.
For example, students can begin an assignment on a school desktop PC, upload it to SkyDrive, then go home and fetch the document using a home computer to continue the assignment. They can then share it for review (via an email link – no attachments necessary!) with teachers and fellow students. The students can use a mobile device at any location to view the document again, and fetch the document back at the school PC. So it really does enhance learning processes, allowing easy access to work and projects. A large number of files can be stored on SkyDrive with different storage options available, so historic assignments can also be found easily. Existing documents can be uploaded, and new ones created (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) from within SkyDrive, and images can be uploaded and stored too.
Some of the new changes for SkyDrive include HTML5 and mobile apps, improved integration with Office and 3rd party apps, and a device cloud for Windows and Windows Phone. There are new storage options, apps that connect your devices to SkyDrive, and a more powerful device cloud that lets you “fetch” any file from a Windows PC. Taken together with access from popular mobile phones and a browser, you can take your SkyDrive with you anywhere, connect it to any app that works with files and folders, and get all the storage you need—making SkyDrive the most powerful personal cloud storage service available.
Here’s what’s available for use, starting now:
- SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
- Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
- SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.
- SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.
You can download the new SkyDrive apps now, but you might want to take a look at this video first, which gives you a glimpse of all the things you can do with the new SkyDrive.