SkyDrive gives business employees the opportunity to store data in the cloud.

Businesses can spend vast sums of money storing data on-site on their own servers - or they can consider the alternatives.

Increasingly, companies are seeking to make use of hosted services in the cloud, where IT functionality is delivered online by a third-party specialist.

This can offer benefits in a number of ways, enabling firms to reduce the amount they spend on platform, software and infrastructure.

More and more businesses are turning to the cloud for data storage purposes, outsourcing information management to an off-premise data centre.

This helps reduce the burden placed on their in-house IT - managing costs more effectively and shifting to an investment model based upon operational expenditure.

One of the ways businesses can achieve this is by using Microsoft SkyDrive.

Files stored online using this tool are ready accessible from virtually any device, and any location, offering maximum flexibility to the user.

SkyDrive is available as part of the Windows Live range of online services, and can be integrated with Office.

Features include Office Web Apps, email integration, format support and the ability to share with social networks.

Posted by Jenny Arthur 

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