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What is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is an online service provided by Microsoft where you can create, upload and share files and access these from a web browser.  SkyDrive provides:


Terms of Use

  1. To use SkyDrive - all students must comply with Microsoft's Terms and Privacy conditions.  On first use, you will be prompted to accept these Microsoft terms and conditions.
  2. The use of SkyDrive is optional.  UniSA does not require you to use SkyDrive to complete your studies.  If you do not wish to accept Microsoft's Terms and Privacy conditions for the use of SkyDrive - that is ok - but you will not be able to utilise the Microsoft SkyDrive utility.
  3. UniSA and Microsoft will not be held responsible for any and/or all data loss or corruption.  Students will have to arrange their own backup or replication of their data.  Microsoft provides no commitment to guarantee continuous access to your files; therefore any loss of service may deny access to important files at critical times.

How do I create a SkyDrive account?

You may already have a SkyDrive account as SkyDrive was an extension of UniSA student email services prior to 8 July 2013.

Existing Students As At 08/07/2013:  If you were a UniSA student on or before Monday 8 July 2013 a SkyDrive account was automatically created for you when your student account was created; however the University no longer manages or supports your SkyDrive account (you now manage your SkyDrive account directly via Microsoft at:  https://skydrive.live.com).  Your SkyDrive username is the same as your UniSA student network username, and your SkyDrive password will be what your UniSA student network password was as at 8 July 2013 (assuming you have not since changed your SkyDrive password).

New Students From 08/07/2013:  A SkyDrive account is not created for UniSA student accounts created after Monday 8 July 2013; however new students can create and manage a personal SkyDrive account directly via Microsoft at:  https://skydrive.live.com

How do I access SkyDrive?

You can access SkyDrive from two locations; the SkyDrive website, or via myUniSA (Student Portal).

Option 1: Accessing SkyDrive via myUniSA (Student Portal)

SkyDrive via myUniSA


  1. From the myUniSA home page click the my Services link
  2. You will see a "Computing and IT" block containing a list of IT services
  3. Select "Online Storage (SkyDrive)"
  4. This will take you to the Microsoft SkyDrive website skydrive.live.com
  5. In the Windows Live ID field type your UniSA student email address which is in the format: <<username>>@mymail.unisa.edu.au
  6. In the Password field type your SkyDrive password
  7. Click Sign in

Option 2: Accessing SkyDrive directly

  1. Browse to skydrive.live.com
  2. In the Windows Live ID field type your UniSA student email address which is in the format: <<username>>@mymail.unisa.edu.au
  3. In the Password field type your SkyDrive password
  4. Click Sign in

UniSA is working on a solution to provide seamless sign-on to SkyDrive from myUniSA (Student Portal) once logged in.  This will be communicated once in place.

Using SkyDrive

As SkyDrive is a hosted Microsoft service, Microsoft provides extensive user information on its SkyDrive website.  A useful starting point is the "Get started" information at the following link - Using SkyDrive.

Office WebApps

Office WebApps is a web-based version of Microsoft Office productivity suite that is accessible from within SkyDrive.  It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote.  The Web Apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online.

Office WebApps

The main benefits of using Office Web Apps are:

Always have the tools you need
When you store your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online, Office Web Apps enable you to make updates from virtually any computer with an Internet connection.  You can also access and view your files from your mobile device.

Work better together
Office Web Apps make it easy to work together with everyone on your team, regardless of what version of Microsoft Office they use and whether they work on a PC or a Mac.

What you see is what you get
Office Web Apps provide high-fidelity viewing of your document so your content looks its best.  From images and footnotes, to table borders and text effects, viewers see the file with great document fidelity and consistent formatting.

Get started right away
You don't have to spend time learning new programs. Office Web Apps have a familiar Office interface and include some of the same tools you already use today.  And, when you need to access additional features, it takes just one click to open the file in the corresponding Microsoft Office program on your desktop.