Windows Live SkyDrive is a great tool for storing data online. However, don’t be confused between automated online backup (like Carbonite, BackBlaze, Mozy, etc…) and online storage. SkyDrive is similar to Box.net in that you can upload/download files from SkyDrive, but it does NOT do automated backup or syncing. For that you would also need Windows Live Mesh.
While we definitely recommend SkyDrive given that they offer 25 GB of storage for free (yes, 25 GB for free!), it would be nice if it provided automatic backup and/or syncing, without having to use another service (Live Mesh).
That being said, we think you should give it a try.
Here’s some more background info from Microsoft:
What is Windows Live SkyDrive?
Store, organize, and download your files, photos, and favorites onWindows Live servers, and access them from any computer with an Internet connection. Share photos and files that you create with your friends, collaborate on documents, or display photos and files that you create for anyone on the Windows Live network. When you sign in to the Windows Live SkyDrive website with your Windows Live ID, you get:
- Storage. Store thousands of photos and files. The SkyDrivestorage meter shows how much storage space you’ve used.
- Organization. Arrange your files in top-level folders and subfolders that you create.
- Control. Choose permissions for each top-level folder that you create. Keep your photos, files, and favorites in personal folders so you can keep them private; in shared folders so you can share them with your Windows Live network, your extended network, and people on your contact list; or in public folders so that they can be viewed by anyone on the Internet.
- Convenience. Keep track of your favorite websites even when you aren’t using your own computer.
- Flexibility. Move, copy, delete, rename, and caption your photos and files after you upload them.
- Display. Photos saved as the JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIF, and TIFF file types display with thumbnail images, and can be viewed by other users on SkyDrive or in an online slide show, if they have the right permissions to view them.
- Sharing. Share links directly to your folders, files, and photos, or embed your photos and files in your blog or webpage. You can also let people know you’ve added their picture to SkyDrive by adding people tags.