Windows 8: Track Lost PCs And Windows Phones With Windows Live

Microsoft tipped at the BUILD developer’s conference last week that Windows Live and SkyDrive will have a big role in Windows 8. Windows Live users will be able to tie their personal computers and phones to Windows Live, log in to all of them with their Live ID, and let Windows Live manage their profile and application settings in the cloud.

Microsoft also explained that SkyDrive will provide a unified cloud-based storage solution for all Windows PCs and Windows Phones for your most important data. You’ll also be able to share those files publicly with friends on Facebook or Twitter. SkyDrive, which already offers file syncing and cloud-storage and sharing for Windows PCs, will get a Metro-style makeover and play a more central role to file management in Windows 8.

In the same vein, Microsoft said your Windows Live ID will play a central role in Windows 8. If configured, you’ll use your Windows Live ID to log in to your Windows 8 PC, and Windows Live will manage your local account profile and all of your application settings for you. The data will be stored in the cloud, and in addition to login information, Microsoft also said that your Windows Live account will keep track of all of your Windows PCs and Windows Phones and allow you to connect to your PC when you’re remote, or find and manage your Windows Phones if they’re lost or stolen.

Do you currently use Windows Live or SkyDrive to manage your important data? Do you think you’ll set up your Windows Live ID to manage your local logins in Windows 8? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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