Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166996/how-windows-8.1-integrates-skydrive-everywhere/
One of the biggest changes in Windows 8.1 is SkyDrive integration. In Windows 8, SkyDrive was available as a Modern app and a desktop app that you could install. In Windows 8.1, SkyDrive is integrated at the system level.
This would be fine if SkyDrive wasn't impossibly slow. I attempted to store around 40Gb of images and other files on there, but it was taking so long to synchronise, it made the whole thing pointless. Unless Microsoft are looking to improve things at their end, this is more a hindrance than an asset.
I have to agree. I use the skydrive and Google Drive with my Office and find that the Google drive is far better access and seems to work much smoother with larger files. The small documents are okay on skydrive but larger files seem to cause numerous errors and delays. Office 2013 is painful at times with their cloud storage, yet loads and saves much smoother to go GDrive! ?
I can only hope that MS performance may improve with their cloud offerings in the future especially with windows 8.1 when its released, and especially if they keep focusing on prioritizing to the cloud over local storage like they seem to do with Office2013 etc.
It all sounds like a good way to make your files directly available to the NSA. I'll have a good look at it when I install win 8 but, at the moment, I'm inclined to give it a pass. The comments about it being slow don't give me much incentive to use it.
This looks pretty good on the intergration side of things.
What would be nice, is if we could sync folders outside of the Skydrive folder structure, such as all my photos are stored on my NAS as a mapped drive, which you can not sync with Skydrive, although I know there are ways to bodge this but its not ideal and not had it work as I wanted.
On the speed side of things, I have never found an issue with it either downloading or uploading.
just keeps things local. remember what is local is yours and what is online is THEIRS.