Since the first email was sent 40 years ago email use has grown to around 294 billion emails sent every day (in 2010). Even if most of that is spam, it still leaves the inescapable fact that email is pretty important. One of the great things you can do when sending an email is attach a file, but what are the downsides?
Those are just a few of the reasons why I think email attachments are bad – even if I’m guilty of sending them myself…
Windows Live SkyDrive is something that every single user of Live@edu gets for free. Many might not even know they’ve got it – but trust me, it’s there! Just browse to http://skydrive.live.com.
With SkyDrive you get access to 25GB of file storage space along with the Microsoft Office Web Apps including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote – all through the browser, anywhere, anytime. By using SkyDrive as a place to store files, you can share and collaborate on documents really easily.
Instead of attaching a file to an email in the traditional way, include a link to the file shared in SkyDrive instead. These are some of the benefits:
So next time you need to send a file to some people, think: SkyDrive!