Microsoft just released yesterday (1 day before Google Drive), the long-awaited application to synchronise files and folders in the cloud (25 GB max) and that for free, I named SkyDrive. Dropbox has nothing to do with it!
Download the SkyDrive app
Start by downloading the application(s) SkyDrive depending on the OS/peripheral used via this link:
Installing the SkyDrive application: case for Windows
Once the download is complete, run the application to start the installation.
Click on the button Start.
Enter your Live/Hotmail account credentials.
Select folder location SkyDrive via the button Change. Everything you put in this folder will be synchronised in the cloud with your other devices namely PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone. Then click on Next.
Check the box Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices (i.e. you activate the sync now) and click on Completed.
If everything went well, the new file SkyDrive appears and the application starts synchronisation of your existing documents in the cloud.
You will notice that the application runs in the same way as Dropbox via an animated icon (synchronisation status function) in the notification area of the taskbar.
Note that by default you have 7 GB of free storage. You can have 25 GB of one click and there again by going to SkyDrive.com (right-click on the SkyDrive icon and then Go to SkyDrive.com). In the left bar at the bottom, click on the link Manage storage then on the button Free Upgrade in the first row of the table.
Now you get 25 GB of free cloud storage!
All you have to do is copy and sync files to your newly deployed SkyDrive folder. Everything is transparent to the user. Sync a file from your smartphone and it will be automatically downloaded to your Mac or PC...
In the end SkyDrive turns out to be a essential application, free of charge, in French, cross-platform: in short, a must-have that could hurt Dropbox.