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This is my second post about Windows Phone 8, where I explore the rich features of Microsoft’s newly released mobile OS.

Before my first Windows Phone I hardly ever used SkyDrive. Just like (almost) everybody else I used DropBox. But when Microsoft started to put a lot of focus on SkyDrive and released a desktop sync utility (for Mac and PC), a smarter and more easy-to-use web interface, and most importantly a vast integration on Windows Phone, I decided to switch from Dropbox to SkyDrive.

SkyDrive is much like Apple’s iCloud, but with one significant difference. All content (except phone backups) can be browsed on the phone, the computer (Windows Explorer or Finder) and in any web browser. So the score here is about 100 – 1.

Windows Phone Backup

It’s simple to setup Windows Phone backup. Go to Settings and then Backup. You have 3 configurable backup settings; App list + Phone settings, Text Messages and Photos (which includes videos).



In the Photos setting, you should select “Best Quality”, because “Good Quality” isn’t really that good. It however demands a Wi-Fi connection to be able to backup your photos.

Restoring your phone is even simpler than configuring the backup. Just reset your phone, and after signing on to your Microsoft Account, you will be presented with the option to restore the phone (or to treat it as a new one).

The only strange behavior I noticed here, was when I skipped restoring the phone, and all my text messages was restored anyway.

Office Hub

The Office Hub is a great place for working with your documents (Word, Excel, OneNote) stored on your phone, Office 365/SharePoint and SkyDrive.



Pictures Hub

From the Pictures Hub you can access all your images stored on SkyDrive. If you take a picture with the phone, it’s synced to SkyDrive and you can then access it from your PC, Mac and Web Browser.

SkyDrive App

The SkyDrive App is in my eyes kind of useless on a Windows Phone, since you can access all information from the phones integrated software. It’s not pre-installed, so if you want to use it, you have to get from the Store.

Closing Comments

Without SkyDrive integration on the Windows Phone, it would only be half a phone. I love the fact that I can work on a document or a “OneNote-note” on my computer or in my Web Browser and then pick it up and continue on my phone.

I also love that I can browse all my SkyDrive stored files from almost any device. It gives me a feeling of control of my information. And I consider Apple’s iCloud to be the exact opposite of that.

If you read this and believe I’ve missed anything good (or bad), you are most welcome to post a comment about it.