If you have ever been involved in on an elearning development project team, you know that one obstacle you have to contend with is the size of the elearning files. In a small team where resources like SharePoint aren’t a viable option, there has to be an alternative to sending these huge files to one another. A good number of instructional design professionals rely upon Box.net to send and share files – but this isn’t ideal for everyone.
The good news is that there is an alternative to Box.net that has just hit the scene (well, sort of).
Before revealing this new toy, let me give you a little background. I have made my career working in the corporate sector as a learning and training development consultant to very large, international companies. While the business was different for my clients, one thing remained the same: Microsoft Office Suite.
I know, some of you are cringing, but I’m a believer … or maybe brainwashed… either way, in my opinion, Microsoft has the best software suite of business oriented applications. As such, when I got my new computer, it came with the flashy Windows 8 (which I LOVE!), which includes my newly discovered alternative to Box.net – SkyDrive!
Yes, SkyDrive has been around for a while, but not like this! Microsoft has completely revamped the program making it easier to use and understand. Now, when you save your files, instead of putting it into “My Documents”, just save it to SkyDrive and you can easily share it with others by granting them access. That’s it. Amazingly simple.
I’m still discovering the power of SkyDrive, but I do know it comes with a whopping 7GB storage (!?). Oh yeah…and it’s free (with Windows 8). So if you haven’t yet, give it a try. You’ll soon wonder how you ever stored and shared files without it!