If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to back up your data, then you should definitely check out cloud storage services like Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive. Now, the latter service has undergone a significant overhaul that’s intended to arouse interest in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
SkyDrive, like other cloud storage services, is designed to let users store critical files in a safe place online. That allows users to access the information from any device anywhere in the world, meaning that if a major hardware problem strikes — and we all know this can happen — the information is safe and secure.
Of course, some critics believe storing this data online is dangerous without continuous data protection in place, but for many people it’s a worthwhile risk.
Microsoft’s SkyDrive allows users to upload 7GB of data for no charge, though additional space can be acquired for a small fee. At the moment SkyDrive is compatible with Windows and OS X devices, though Microsoft says it’s extending the service to Android users in the next month or so.
SkyDrive was released in the spring, but has now been given an impressive facelift. Its design is fresh and features the “tiles” that will dominate Windows 8’s interface when it’s released in late October. If you or any one of your friends has a Windows Phone device, you’ll know what that interface looks like.
The facelift brings some significant improvements: it’s now easier to find, select, and move large groupings of files. The sorting system has also been enhanced, making it easier to organize information according to your personal preferences.
Because SkyDrive is completely integrated with Microsoft Office, the cloud service now allows users to search for text within their stored Office documents quickly and easily.
If you’re interested in checking out the new SkyDrive, you can reach the service’s main site by clicking here.