The SkyDrive app for iPhone and iPad has been adapted to work with the new iOS 7 design. The design is clean and easy to use, giving you access to basically everything you need to use your SkyDrive files on the go. One of the most notable improvements in this new app is it’s overall change to accommodate the iOS 7 feel that many other apps have been pushing more recently, which includes sliding between pages with a swipe motion. In addition, they’ve included larger thumbnails for images so they’re easier to see without opening them to full screen. As Dropbox included photo uploads in their app awhile back, SkyDrive now has the same feature with images and video. The last feature we’ll examine is the ability to open documents in the Office Mobile app for easy editing. Read on to know more.
We looked at automatically saving iPhone photos to an Amazon Cloud Drive account, but this is glaringly restrictive if you don’t have an Amazon account. If, however, you already use SkyDrive, you could choose to backup pictures there – and do it automatically at that. SkyDrive has 7 GB of storage for the free plan. This is plenty space if you’re only using it to backup iPhone images. The procedure for keeping images backed up with SkyDrive is very easy to follow. We’re going to use BitTorrent Sync to pair the iPhone with a folder on a computer, which in
Windows 8 has a built-in PDF/XPS reader that most users have no clue is included in the OS. Windows Reader is a fully functional PDF/XPS reader, similar to what is built-in to the Chrome Web browser. It works just like the Chrome Web browser version does, except it’s integrated into Windows. This hidden app can be your default PDF or XPS reader in Windows 8. No need to download external software when one is integrated with the OS. Let’s take a look at how Windows Reader works in Windows 8. How to Use Windows 8 Reader Windows Reader comes with
Microsoft removed several features from Windows 8 for the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Microsoft has made fundamental changes to the way Windows 8.1 operates to help make it more user friendly and step away from the complaints by users it’s really made for mobile devices instead of traditional computers. These removals included everything from backup utilities to the experience index to SkyDrive sync options. We’ll look at all the features Microsoft has decided to remove from Windows 8.1. While Microsoft claims many of these features weren’t necessary anymore for users, some may disagree. It’s possible to find alternatives to features that
Sticky Notes have been a great way for me to keep track of everyday tasks right on my Desktop. It works flawlessly except when I start using my laptop and have to keep referring back to the other computer to read the notes. Windows Sticky Notes lack the ability to sync the data across various computers. However, there is a simple workaround that’ll allow users to sync the Sticky Notes data across computers. It can be set up to ensure a perfect update on one when the other is updated or changed. Using Google Drive and a nice system command,
A leak of what appears to be an early RTM version of Windows 8.1 has hit the web. We’ll give you a breakdown of what’s included in this version as well as what you can expect from these changes to Windows 8.1 as we get closer to the October 17 release. Windows 8.1 build 9471 includes changes to the setup process that show users that opted to upgrade ahead of time with the Pro Preview that they will in fact lose their apps and programs. They will not lose any files, folders or other saved items, just the apps and
When Microsoft chose to develop SkyDrive to compete with other cloud services, many users thought upgrading to Windows 8 would bring them closer to SkyDrive integration. This couldn’t have been further from the truth until now. Windows 8.1 brings true SkyDrive integration to the latest Windows OS. As the Web becomes increasingly cloud-centric, Windows 8 seemed to fall behind compared to other brands that seamlessly integrated the cloud into their products and services. Windows 8 merely let users take advantage of SkyDrive; Windows 8.1 fully integrates SkyDrive the way it should’ve been when users first upgraded or bought Windows 8.
The lock screen is typically one of the most boring aspects of any OS. Windows 8.1 introduces an exciting feature which enables users to create lock screen slideshows, and we’ll guide you through creating your first one. Windows 8.1 brought some new customization options to the Start screen, completely revamped the PC settings and even added a low key Start Button. Microsoft was looking for ways to let users customize options even further, and that’s where the lock screen slideshow comes into play. The lock screen slideshow lets you create a slideshow that’ll play before you login to your computer after
We’ve talked about SkyDrive in the past here at TechNorms and we’re big fans of any cloud-based service that helps make our lives easier. Office 365 integrates Microsoft’s SkyDrive service in a way to let you get the most of the popular productivity suite no matter where you need to use it. By being able to save documents to SkyDrive directly from the Office products, you can access them on the go. Last installment, we showed you how to get started with Publisher. In this installment on Microsoft Office 365, we’ll walk you through SkyDrive and how it works in
Microsoft SkyDrive has emerged as a powerful tool in the cloud for those looking to connect e-mail, pictures, videos and more online. Since its introduction, Microsoft has tweaked, upgraded and evolved SkyDrive into a service that can truly compete with level footing against Dropbox, Google Drive and more. If you have recently upgraded or bought a computer with Windows 8, taking advantage of your Microsoft Account and SkyDrive can be a great way to get involved in the cloud. This guide shows you how to get started with SkyDrive in Windows 8. How to use SkyDrive in Windows 8
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