Microsoft made SkyDrive for Mac OS X Lion preview available for download, alongside a Windows app, and it is touting the advanced sharing capabilities that users can take advantage of with it.
"With The SkyDrive for Mac OS X Lion preview, SkyDrive for Windows, and the release of SkyDrive for iPad, you can save and store your important documents or other files in the SkyDrive folder in Finder and access them from anywhere," Microsoft stated.
Now, if you use OS X, you might be wondering why you should use SkyDrive instead of Apple's iCloud storage service. Microsoft's Mac team created a video, and a page to show how SkyDrive can help you access and share documents, photos, and notes across Apple devices and PCs.
"With SkyDrive, you can access or manage any file from anywhere. It doesn't matter whether the file is a document, photo, video, PDF, or anything else--just drag files to the SkyDrivefolder on your Mac and they'll automatically be available on your iPhone, iPad, or PC. If you don't have your devices with you, you can still access, view, or edit any file by signing in to SkyDrive.com on any browser," reads the Microsoft page description.
There are even a few tips for people switching from iDisk to SkyDrive.
Some of the features that SkyDrives include:
- Access files and Office docs anywhere - now customers can access any file from anywhere (not just certain photos and iWork files)
- Share and work together with anyone - no need to ensure that your coworkers have specific software - customers can collaborate on Microsoft Word and Excel documents anywhere with anyone using Office Web Apps
- Access your notes anywhere - with OneNote and SkyDrive, customers can share and access their notes from anywhere on any device
- Move your iDisk files to SkyDrive - how to quickly and easily move your iDisk files to SkyDrive and access them from anywhere on any device
Here is a short video showing what you can do with the new SkyDrive:
Please note, during the preview, the SkyDrive icon will appear in your dock. To hide it, follow these instructions:
- Open Terminal
- Type: defaults write /Applications/SkyDrive.app/Contents/Info.plist LSUIElement 1
- You may need to restart the client if it was running when you ran #2