This is a great question and one that I'm frequently asked. I was talking to a friend recently who's doing a masters in landscape architecture so you can imagine the size, variety and importance of the files she's working with. Sadly, her university gives her only a tiny amount of storage space on the server - something like only 50mb. Also, the university warns that she shouldn't use USB drives "because they are unstable and you might lose them" What can she do?
OK, it's not launched yet but in principle this looks like could help her enormously. This is what the site says:
Password-protected online file storage. Always available where you need it.
When you sign in to Windows Live Folders, you're in charge
For more information take a look at http://folders.live.com/WelcomeMoreInfo.aspx
any idea when this will be launched in the UK?
Nigel, thanks for getting in touch - I'm expecting it later this year. I've got some colleagues who are using it and happy to arrange a Live Meeting if you want to see it in action.
You could always use something like carbonite back up which is virtually free, and very good.