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SkyDrive makes sharing, collaborating easier

Communications senior Ted Knapinsky uses the computer terminals at Texas A&M-San Antonio’s library. The University’s information technology department has expanded its computer services by offering students a 25 GB Microsoft SkyDrive. Photo by Abby Vega.
Originally published  August 2012
You’ll be happy to learn that our Jaguar email offers students an organized, efficient solution to storing and sharing files by providing access to our own SkyDrive.
The SkyDrive is a free online digital storage service bundled with your Jaguar email account that allows students to upload and sync their files, photos and folders. Microsoft calls it “your cloud backpack for school.”

The SkyDrive, made available to students through the University’s information technology department,  offers up to 25 gigabytes, or 25,600 megabytes. Translated in a way will matter to you, according to Norton Online Backup, this amount of data is equivalent to: 6,000 songs, 7,000 photos, 100 hours of video, 125,000 Word Documents, 25,000 PowerPoint Presentations, or 200,00 spreadsheets. Students can choose to share files, or keep them private.

Suppose you’re working on a group project  but you and your team members are unavailable to find a time when you can meet on campus. The SkyDrive can offer a “place” in the cloud where you can collaborate and stay on top of your deadlines. This one-minute Microsoft video provide users a concept overview.

The SkyDrive makes sense for students who are spending money each semester to replace lost or damaged flash  drives. It’s also a much needed upgrade for students working on collaborative projects who are emailing classmates files. This system is outdated and confusing when trying to meet a deadline.

The SkyDrive allow you to collaborate online, from anywhere. You can access your SkyDrive account through any computer, Web browser, or even through the SkyDrive app on your mobile device.

When we last visited Instructional Technology Services, the adoption rate for these services was still low. That means now is a good time to remind students about the advantages of using the SkyDrive.

So here are two habits you can say goodbye to this semester: digging through your purse or backpack for your flash drive and emailing yourself (and your classmates) files. If you’re interested in easy retrieval and efficiency, use your free SkyDrive. You already “own” it, you just need a reminder on how to use it.

To access, log in to your Jaguar Email account with your username and password. Once you are at the homepage of your inbox, click on the “More” option at the top center of the screen. From this drop-down menu, click “SkyDrives.”

Users will be directed to the SkyDrive homepage, where they can upload, view and share files and folders. Access your files anywhere and share with anyone. And remember, it’s free.

For assistance,  contact the University ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@tamusa.tamus.edu or 210-784-4357(HELP).

Have you found a creative use for your SkyDrive? Post your answers below.

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