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Windows Live SkyDrive

Windows Live SkyDrive is a free online file storage system from Microsoft.

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Windows Live SkyDrive is a free online file storage system from Microsoft. With this service, users can store and share documents, photos and links. For Windows Live SkyDrive security, the hosted storage is password protected. Windows Live online storage allows users to access their files from anywhere with an Internet connection, including on mobile devices. With Windows Live file sharing, users can also choose which files they want to share with contacts, make public or just keep private. You can control the permissions in Windows Live online storage to regulate who can view and/or edit shared documents.

Windows Live SkyDrive provides 25 GB of free storage, with a limit of 100 MB for individual files. The service also integrates with Windows Live Hotmail so users can upload Microsoft Office documents from Hotmail to Windows Live SkyDrive.

Editor's note: In 2014, Windows Live SkyDrive was rebranded OneDrive. 

See also: iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox

This was first published in November 2011

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