SkyDrive and Office 365 Allows Me to Work from Anywhere
Six years ago, when I had a job that allowed me to work from home, life was grand. In the evenings, I ran marketing events at the local bars, and during the day I entered recaps and filled in spreadsheets from the comfort of my home office. Not being in an office environment increased my productivity since I had less interruptions and distractions. Today, working from home, while my 2.5 year old and 4 year old play inside and out, tear the house apart, and ask me questions every five minutes, productivity is at an all time low!
So in the evenings and on the weekends, when my husband is home, I head out to a coffee shop, a friend’s house, or anywhere with internet access to catch up on work. In a way, its so inconvenient to have to leave my desk, pack up the laptop and charger and find a place that’s open late and has wi-fi and power outlets. But until we move into a bigger house with a dedicated office area that has a door (with a lock) it’s the best solution. (At home, I work at a desk in my kitchen, no doors to lock and right in them middle of all the commotion)
SkyDrive on Windows 8 has made my life a little easier. Instead of having to make sure I e-mail the files to myself or take a jump drive with me, I can easily access anything I need to work on from anywhere with 7 GB of free storage space. (even by the pool) With SkyDrive on my PC, every file and photo I add to the folder syncs with every computer that has SkyDrive. Plus, with my HTC X Windows phone, I can access the files there too, and send files from my phone to the SkyDrive.
Sunday night while at the George Strait concert, my phone slipped out of my pocket and onto the floor. By the time I realized where it was, someone had spilled their beer all over it. I’d used it to take several photos, and would have panicked, but knew they were safely backed up on my SkyDrive, so even if the phone was DOA (which thank goodness it wasn’t) I would still have the pictures.
Another great feature I enjoy using as a blogger, is the ability to share my files securely with Jeana, other bloggers, and friends. I have complete control over who can access which files, so if I want to share photos from a recent trip with other bloggers on the trip, I can give them access to that folder. If for some reason, my laptop or computer crashes, I can use free Office Web apps to access my files from any PC, Mac, iPad or a smartphone.
Right now, Windows is offering all students with a “.edu” email address a 3 free month trial of Office 365 University and an extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage. When students share this Free Office for Students offer on Facebook, they’ll earn an extra 3 months of Office free.
Why didn’t they have this when I was in school? (And no, it’s not because dinosaurs still roamed the earth) It would have made those dreaded group projects so much easier to work on!
Have you seen the fun SkyDrive videos featuring Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation?
Disclaimer: I am a Windows Champion blogger. Information for this post was provided by Microsoft, but all opinions remain my own.