Dropbox Doubles Referral Credit for Students

Dropbox has upped the ante for students by offering double the standard referral bonus. If a student invites someone to Dropbox, and that person signs up, then that student will receive a 500MB increase in their Dropbox. If the referral becomes a paying customer, the bonus goes up to 1GB.

Dropbox CartoonTo be eligible, the student must use their .edu address of their school. Fortunately, Dropbox recognized the fact that not all schools use .edu addresses so they are listing other domains in their database. If you go to  https://www.dropbox.com/edu,  you will find the referral form you need to get the extra bonus. If your school happens to not be listed in the Dropbox database don’t fret. If you look down at the bottom of the page for a link that says “If we missed your school, please  fill out this form”. When you click this link, a dialog box will come up like the one pictured below.

Domain Entry Form

Today’s Dropbox blog post focuses on how students have used Dropbox to their benefit. Dropbox is quickly being recognized for its ability to make collaboration a breeze. Teachers and students alike are finding more and more uses for it. One teacher on the blog post was quoted as saying “I think attachments are a thing of the past! Dropbox is the future! ” Those are pretty strong words. I do believe that services like Dropbox certainly pick up where the limitations of email attachments leave off.

What about you? Are you a student or a teacher? Can you think of some creative uses for Dropbox? I would love to hear your ideas and comments.

Save Word Documents to Windows Live Skydrive

SkydriveI would love to have a nickel for every time the word “cloud” is used in some marketing piece these days. Are your marketing numbers down? No fear, just stick the words “cloud-hosted” in front of your product, and watch your numbers soar! For a lot of people, “the cloud” is just some mystery term that makes no sense. Let me put it to you in the simplest terms. If you take data from your computer and store it on another computer outside of your location, via the internet, you’re using “the cloud”. Why is it a “cloud”? Mostly, because you really have no idea of the physical location of the computer storing your information, or of the physical path it takes to get there. Today, I want to describe how you can save Word 2010 documents directly to “the cloud” using Windows Live SkyDrive.

Windows Live SkyDrive is a service of Microsoft. It provides 25GB of free online storage. Two of the greatest features it has are document sharing between yourself and  other Windows Live users, and in-browser editing of the documents that you store there. Let’s open a Word document and see how this is done.

In the picture below, you will see a Word document with a grocery list on it. Let’s say that you and your spouse would both like to be able to access and edit this document remotely. An easy way to do this is to use a shared folder in SkyDrive. To begin the process, you click the “File” tab on the ribbon toolbar in Word.

Word Document


Under the “File” tab, there is the option called “Save & Send”. Look at the picture below to see what this looks like. If you click this option, you will see a sub-menu with an option labeled “Save to Web”. Finally, clicking that option will take you to a sign in box.

Save & Send

You will need a Windows Live account to use this feature. If you are a Hotmail user, then you already have one. Just use your Hotmail account ID.

Windows Live LoginOnce you are logged in, you will see a list of folders available on your SkyDrive. In the picture below, you will see a folder highlighted under the heading of “Shared Folders”. Selecting this folder will make this file accessible to all the people with whom you have shared this folder.

Skydrive Folders

Now that you have selected the appropriate folder, click the “Save As” button at the bottom of the dialog box. You will see a window pop up similar to the one pictured below. Give the document a name and click the “Save” button to finish the job.

Save As Box

The Word document is now saved in “the cloud”. You can access the document by logging on to http://skydrive.live.com from any computer. When you do, you will see your SkyDrive folders listed.

Skydrive Window

Open the folder that contains your Word document, and you can view, as well as edit, the document right there in your browser. Below, you can see a picture of what the Word document looks like in the browser, as well as the location of the edit button.

Word in Browser

Using Word with SkyDrive is a great way to collaborate with others on a document.  It is also a good safety net because it keeps files backed up in an offsite location.  Hopefully, you can think of other creative uses for this feature.  Feel free to comment on this post at the bottom of the page, and let me know your thoughts on the subject.