I’m currently at a point in my career where I can’t live off Google Doc’s any more. The documents of my co-workers are all Microsoft and so I finally gave in … sort of.
I didn’t want to give up the cloud freedom I had with Google Doc’s, so no big deal right. I just started using DropBox. Well as millions know, DropBox is simple and it kicks butt. It does one thing, and it does that one thing very well. It sync’s files across your different devices (mobile and landlocked). I was noising around and saw this SkyDrive deal Microsoft was offering, it was free and it had more space, and to boot… it had a web interface to get me back to my Google Doc’s functionality. With all that in mind, I figured it was worth a shot.
Well as I got it all setup, I was left very confused. I signed up for SkyDrive and created a doc using the web interface, it was great. Just life office 2010 only on the web, so I was willing to dive in and read a bit further. I saw that I could sync my desktop files to SkyDrive as well. I thought this was just too good to be true… basically what I’m hoping this is going to do is be my Dropbox and Google Doc’s all in one!!!
I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but it wasn’t. It definitely SHOULD be, but for some reason Microsoft just ignored the masses on this one. The deal is that were are “two” skydrives. One is just like Google Docs, without the option to sync folders on your desktop. Its just a web interface where you can access stuff, however it does have the very nice feature of opening Microsoft files in their online version of office. The other is just like DropBox and holds much more stuff, 25 gigs.
Now before you lose all hope, there are a couple options. You can use some 3rd party software to “mount” the web office version of SkyDrive to your hard drive and just skip the 25gig sync that lacks the web access. That is what I’m doing right now, and I pretty much get to have my cake and eat it too… its just sorta of the generic off brand cake you don’t tell you friends you bought.