We’ve touched on the basics with Microsoft SkyDrive services and the SkyDrive app for your Windows Phone. But how does all this translate into everyday life?

The obvious daily use of SkyDrive and your Windows Phone is to free up storage space and access content easily. Why load your Windows Phone with documents, pictures, and music files when you can store them in the cloud and access them at your leisure? But did you know that several quality apps use SkyDrive? Of course you did… and we’ll try to cover some of them while we go over the daily use of your SkyDrive account.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to upload files to your SkyDrive account. There is an internal feature that you can find in the sharing options in your Pictures section, an upload feature in the SkyDrive app, and feature uploads through various third party apps.

the documents

Windows Phone Documents

SkyDrive allows you to store your documents in the cloud and access them from your Windows Phone while you work. Whether it’s a Word document, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, or .PDF, you can store these documents in the cloud and download them to your Windows Phone as needed.

Edit, create, save and download these documents to your computer (more space on your keyboard) and upload them to your SkyDrive account via the SkyDrive Desktop app. The document is now easily accessible from your Windows Phone.

But what if you stumble upon a document that you need to copy and use for, say, a research project? Or a recipe from your great-grandmother? Or an article in a local newspaper that you want to keep?

HandyScan for Windows Phone

HandyScan will upload any scanned document to your SkyDrive account. Instead of wasting time and money looking for a zerox device, use HandyScan to copy whatever you’re researching or need and upload it to SkyDrive for future use. When you get home, you can access your scanned documents from your desktop computer. It would have been nice to have this when I was doing all my research work in college.


skydrive music

One of the most notable complaints we hear about new Windows Phones is that there isn’t enough built-in storage for the music collection of Windows Phone users. With SkyDrive, you can store your music files in the cloud and, with Windows phones upgraded to Mango, transfer them to your phone.

Yeah… the interface sucks. You can only play one song at a time and cannot download music files to your Windows Phone. Enter third party apps.

SkyMusic for Windows Phone