To The Cloud

As many have hopefully noticed, the technology on Northwest’s campus has received quite a makeover. Windows Live is now available on brand spankin’ new HP machines running Windows 7. Using new technology sounds awesome when talked about, but it is equally important to know the true benefits.

One major change on the Northwest network is the conversion from the old N: drive (known as Catbert storage) to a much larger, faster and more accessible cloud storage space through SkyDrive on Windows Live. Quite a mouthful, but the conversion comes with many benefits. Upperclassmen must make sure that their Catbert storage is backed up to their SkyDrive,  flash drive, personal computer, external hard drive, or other storage location as the N: drives will be remove on October 28, 2011.

The new SkyDrive, offered by Windows Live, gives students 25 GB of cloud storage. A massive 25 GB is enough for 6,000 songs, 7,000 photos, 100 hours of video, 125,000 Word documents, 25,000 PowerPoint presentations, or 200,000 Excel spreadsheets. To put this size in perspective, an individual could save every song by the Beatles and Michael Jackson, pictures from 100 rolls of film, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the complete Harry Potter and Twilight series in Word documents, a PowerPoint presentation for every county in the United States, and a spreadsheet for every McDonald’s restaurant in the world. SkyDrive is a great option for backing up homework and other important documents.

 To access SkyDrive space, follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your Outlook Live email account.

2) Click “Office” at the top of the screen. Then select “Your documents” from the drop down menu.

3) Select “Add Files” at the top of the screen.

4) Choose which folder you would like to add to, or create a new folder.

5) Choose your files and click “Upload.”

That’s it! Now you can view, share, edit and download your files from any computer that is connected to the internet. Awesome!

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