Skydrive Overdrive

I’m one of those people who are into making online accounts without even thinking if I’ll need them or not. To date I have 2 GMail accounts, 3 Yahoo! Mail accounts, Multiply, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Formspring, Vimeo, and just earlier, WordPress. I’m sure I have a lot more than those I have just listed above (VERY SURE) and a lot of them have done their job well. Except one. I remember way back when I signed up for a Hotmail account. I didn’t really need it, I just wanted to have yet another email or account just so I can maybe one day tinker with it and find out it has a lot more going on for it. And that it did. See, when making a Hotmail account, you just don’t make a new email, you make a Windows Live account giving you not just email but also instant messaging, a social profile (yes, Google+ wasn’t some innovation, surprise surprise), and what I’m really thankful of right now, an online file-sharing service.

Windows Live Skydrive's photo gallery puts Flickr's to shame

I’ve lost (and broken) countless USB drives for the past few years and lately, out of frustration, I stopped buying a new one every few months and have been USB drive-less for more than a year now. I also never really saw the need for me to have an external HDD (well, I did, I was just broke) so I pretty much just have all of my files on one place: my PC. Now I’m well aware of the importance of backing up your files in case something goes wrong but without external drives at my disposal, where else can I go? And that’s when I fell in love with Skydrive.

In addition to 25 GB of online storage space, you have 5 GB alloted for Windows Live Mesh, where you can sync your files automatically without having to worry about manually uploading files for backup

First off, I know there are a lot of online file sharing services out there and I acknowledge that. I even use some of them (Syncplicity and Dropbox). However, there are lots of things that give Skydrive that edge against its competitors:

  • 25 GB of online storage space (I haven’t seen sites that offer that much)
  • Automatic syncing of your files via Windows Live Mesh (up to 5 GB)
  • A cool online gallery for photos and videos
  • For regular Hotmail users, the convenience of not having to sign up for a dedicated file sharing service

Sure you can always just get an external HDD or just a regular USB drive but for those of us (I would like to think I’m not the only one in my situation) who have no other choice but depend on online file-sharing services, Windows Live Skydrive is one of the best, if not the ultimate file-sharing service that I have ever tried. It has saved me from losing my files when my laptop died (may it rest in peace) and now, it still serves as a cool place for me to drop my files knowing a PC crash won’t harm it (Windows Live Mesh automatically syncs your files to the cloud for backup), share pictures and videos with it’s very refreshing gallery, and more.

It is not without faults though. For the long time that I have tried the service, the one thing I’ve noticed about it is it’s dependence on the Windows Silverlight plug-in for bulk uploads but other than that, I can’t think of any other fault Skydrive has. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think. And oh, despite my praises for Skydrive, I still never use my Hotmail account. No one company’s perfect right?