So, Windows Live Essentials gives you access to a great tool called SkyDrive. From the SkyDrive website:
Store, access, and share thousands of documents, photos, and Microsoft Office files on Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive password-protects your files so you control who has access to them.
SkyDrive gives you 25 GB of disk space. A great way to keep backups, or put your documents “in the cloud” so you can access them from anywhere.
The SkyDrive website is nice and allows you to upload files, but I went looking for a way to map SkyDrive as a network drive on my computer, so I don’t have to go to the website to do all my work. And also so I could save documents from my applications to SkyDrive instead of my computer.
This site gives a nice step-by-step guide to doing just such a thing. It requires a download of a free tool from the CodePlex website (only to get the specific URL that you need to map to).
One thing that you will need to pay attention to when walking through the steps is that there is actually a misprint. In the article, it tells you that the format of the modified url is:
But really, the modified url should be the format:
The rest of the article should work as advertised. Note: You do not need Office 2010 installed in order to access this. Once you have a Windows Live account and have signed up for your SkyDrive account, you simply need to map the drive and you will be able to save/open/modify documents directly from SkyDrive by using the drive letter you mapped it to (in my case, Z:)
Give it a try. A nice option for documents “in the cloud”
How to Map Skydrive as Network Drive in Windows