One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is that it is closely integrated with OneDrive, Microsoft's online storage service. If you have files stored in your OneDrive, you'll be able to access them easily with Windows 8. In this lesson, we'll show you how to manage your OneDrive files, and also how to install the OneDrive Desktop app.
OneDrive was previously called SkyDrive. There's nothing fundamentally different about the way OneDrive works—it's just a new name for an existing service. Over the next few months, you may still see SkyDrive in some Microsoft products.
If you've used previous versions of Windows, you're probably used to working with folders and files on your computer. But people are now more mobile than ever, and it's nice to have your files with you wherever you go. The cloud is generally the most convenient way to do this. If you store your files online, then all you need is an internet connection, and you'll be able to access your files—whether you're at work, at home, or at a friend's house.
OneDrive gives you 7 gigabytes of online storage space for free, and you can purchase more space if you need it. You can decide whether you want to store all of your files online, or just the most important ones. When you log in to Windows with your Microsoft account, it automatically connects to your OneDrive, allowing you to access your files from the built-in OneDrive app or the Photos app.
Some apps, such as Microsoft Office 2013, save files to OneDrive by default. However, you may already have files on your computer that you would like to add to your OneDrive.
Now that you have files in your OneDrive, you can access them from any computer that has an internet connection—even if the computer doesn't have Windows 8.
Some types of files cannot be edited in OneDrive. Instead, you can download a file by right-clicking it and selecting Download. You can then open the downloaded file to edit it.
If you prefer working in the Desktop, you can download the OneDrive Desktop app. This will add a OneDrive folder to your File Explorer. When you move files into this folder, they will automatically be uploaded to OneDrive, and you can access them anywhere you go. You'll even be able to access any files stored on your computer remotely, even if you haven't uploaded the files to OneDrive.
Note: If you have Windows 8.1, you already have the OneDrive app on your computer, so you won't need to download and install it.