SkyDrive is a cloud drive service like Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon Drive by Microsoft. It works with a Microsoft account. A user can register for the service with any email address. SkyDrive starts with a 7GB of free storage which can be expanded with plans costing up to US $50 a year.
Did you know that you can use SkyDrive to send out big files as attachments? The extension Attachments.me helps in the seamless integration of SkyDrive with Gmail. It is available for both Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
How to Integrate SkyDrive with Gmail
The steps below are for Firefox. The process should be more or less the same for Chrome. If you run into any trouble, do drop in a comment and I will help you out.
In the Firefox browser, browse to attachments.me and download the extension for the browser that is used. Click on the “Add to Firefox” button and “allow” the extension so as to install it.
Once installed, a message directing the user to Gmail will appear. Click on Open Gmail and login into your account.
Click on Click to get started. As you can see in the image below, once the user logs in, he/she will be asked if they would want to configure the extension with the account used. Therefore, the extension does not work at browser level but at the account level.
Click on Allow to permit Attachments.me to access your Google account information.
Link the SkyDrive account by clicking on the concerned icon to integrate with Gmail.
Login into the SkyDrive account and allow some permission to the app. The user can now attach SkyDrive files to Gmail messages. Just below the Attach a file link, a clip like icon with two options is available.
The first one allows user to choose a file from SkyDrive and the second one allows the user to load a file to SkyDrive and then share.
Another helpful feature is that the user can send attachments that are received (as a part of emails) to SkyDrive directly. A panel will be present on the right while viewing a message.
Try this out and let us know your comments in the section below.