Personal preference as to what you’re most comfortable using. However, Skydrive has a few advantages over Google Drive because of the Microsoft Operating system we all use. Plus… Google Drive requires the user to have a Google ID or Gmail account to create an account. Skydrive allows the user to use any email to create an account. Therefore, our marshall.k12.mn.us email will work to create an account. Or.. When we start using student emails next year, students can use their isd413.net accounts to access Skydrive.
Basically, the same functionally in both versions. Google Drive offers a drawing program, while Skydrive offers OneNote, a note taking software. The real difference is how the documents appear and operate.
Again, the same kind of functionality. However, they look and feel different.
No need to save because its all be dynamically saved on the web while the user works on the document.
SkyDrive and Google Drive Cloud Storage Options
ACCESSING DOCUMENTSTHROUGH THE “CLOUD”Comparing Google Drive and Skydrive
Skydrive User Google Drive UserMicrosoft based Google based Windows Google or AppleInternet Explorer Chrome Hotmail Gmail Skydrive Google Drive
Skydrive Options Google Drive Options 7 Gb Storage 5 Gb Storage Word Documents Excel Spreadsheets PowerPoint Presentations OneNote Forms Excel (Form) DrawingUploads Directly Uploads Directly
CREATING ACCOUNTSSkydrive Google Drive Accounts can be Must create a Google created using any ID account or use a email, even the Gmail address Marshall Public Schools account. Perfect for student emails using Office 365
Skydrive Options Google Drive Both platforms offer a •Create •Upload •Recent Files •Shared •Ability to download to your computer for easy access
SAME DOCUMENT IN SKYDRIVE WORDIn Skydrive, Word documents will look andbehave essentially the same.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTSGoogle Drive is capable of opening WordDocument, however, the format of the documentwill change.
SHARING DOCUMENT IN GOOGLE Click the Share button
Share as a link to the document Share with specified individuals. As names are added they will appear here Determine the recipients’ access to the document.Once share and saved is clicked, thedocument is sent.
The recipient receives a link in their e-mail from which theycan access the document. When the user is in the document, this area indicates if other users are also viewing or editing the document.
DIFFERENT PROCESS FOR SKYDRIVE Click the File button Click the Share button
Various options forsharing Checking the second box is a security measure against your document being shared with others who you do not know.
RECIPIENT RECEIVES LINK TO DOCUMENT INEMAIL Not sure if users can work simultaneously or how that would be indicated within the Skydrive work area.
EXAMPLES OF USING SHARE DOCUMENTSWITHIN THE SCHOOL SETTING Teacher Observation Sign-up Sub Plans
SKYDRIVE ALSO ALLOWS USERS TO SHARECOMPLETE FOLDERS OF INFORMATIONClick thecheckbox for theintended folder Click Sharing in the extended menu Follow the same procedure as sharing a document
SKYDRIVE OFFERS EASY SYNCING OFDOCUENTSDrag the little Cloudicon from the hiddenicons menu to the taskbar tray. The cloud icon is easy access to opening up your SkyDrive document folder on the Cloud. Once the folder is opened, documents can be dragged into the Skydrive storage area.
DOWNLOADING THE SKYDRIVE APP Downloading the SkyDrive App allows the user to quickly and easily share documents from their laptop to the Cloud. Download App here: https://apps.live.com/skydrive/app/9a65e47d-606a- 4816-a246-90f54bf7a3ea After creating a document on your desktop, simply select “Save As” and the Skydrive option will appear as one of your choices for storage.
Once theEASILY SAVE DOCUMENTS TO THE SKYDRIVE STORAGE Skydrive app has been downloaded and installed to your desktop computer, simply select the Skydrive option when saving a document.
ADVANTAGES OF USING SKYDRIVE OVERGOOGLE DRIVE 7 Gb storage rather than 5 Gb Looks and feels like Microsoft Applications Can use any email address to create an account or link with an existing hotmail account Shares entire folders Immediately move from Desktop to Cloud by clicking the Skydrive icon When away from the school, Skydrive allows the user to open documents in Web Apps or in the actual Microsoft Office application Doesn’t use as must bandwidth as Dropbox