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Sync to SkyDrive from Windows Explorer

Windows Live SkyDrive offers a hosted 25G storage service for storing files in the cloud

Windows Live SkyDrive offers a hosted 25G storage service for storing files in the cloud. It offers a browser based UI for you to upload/download files. It offers office web app integration. it also offers saving documents directly from Office 2010.
Gladinet, a software vendor, has a solution called Gladinet Cloud Desktop that makes it easy to sync to SkyDrive from Windows Explorer. In fact, Gladinet Cloud Desktop turns Windows Explorer into a cloud storage portal that can easily sync to SkyDrive from other storage services or upload files from your desktop to any storage service you choose. Gladinet achieves this through a complete SkyDrive integration with your file system.
What is SkyDrive File System Integration?
Gladinet Cloud Desktop allows you to mount SkyDrive as a local folder that looks and behaves the same as any other folder you would access from Windows Explorer.  One neat thing about this support is that you can mix and match storage services, so if you run out of storage from one free provider you can add storage from another free provider. Or, if you need to move files between providers, its as simple as a drag and drop. This is possible because Gladinet’s SkyDrive plug-in is accompanied by plug-ins for every other major service provider, all in a single package!
To create the SkyDrive integration, we must first mount SkyDrive as a local folder. Right click on the Gladinet systray icon and select "Mount Cloud Storage" to launch the wizard that allows us to mount cloud storage.

Before you can sync to SkyDrive, you must enter the credentials for your account. This is done in the next step of the wizard.

After the completion of this process, your SkyDrive can be accessed from a local folder as shown below and you can sync to SkyDrive with a drag and drop, cut and paste or use any other native explorer method to sync files to SkyDrive. And now you have a complete SkyDrive integration with your desktop.

For more information about Gladinet Cloud Desktop, its SkyDrive integration or its integration with any other provider, please visit:

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More Stories By Jerry Huang

Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.