In Pictures: 5 cool tools in Windows 8

Windows 8 has gotten a lot of flak, primarily because of its radical Start menu UI. But this new OS has several great things about it, which include the following five useful tools that come with it.

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3. Built-in file storage and syncing to the cloud

Microsoft's cloud storage service, SkyDrive, is incorporated into Windows 8. You interact with it as if it's a real external storage drive connected to your computer. Within File Explorer is a "SkyDrive" virtual drive; you simply drag-and-drop files or folders. Files in this drive are saved locally, and uploaded to your account on You can sync your SkyDrive drive with another computer (whether it's running Windows 8, 7 or Vista, or a Mac), or share selected files or folders with fellow SkyDrive users, or as a Web link you give out to others.

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