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SkyDrive and Hotmail are related because they are both services offered in a Microsoft account. You can use the SkyDrive account and ignore Hotmail to whatever degree you want to.
I use SkyDrive. Fine. But I have to sign in to the Hotmail email account to get it. I don't use Hotmail and wonder if there's a way to access SkyDrive in a more direct manner. I searched your blog, but couldn't find anything related.
In this excerpt from Answercast #73, I look at some confusion about features, such as Hotmail and SkyDrive, that are offered in every Microsoft account.
Well, I'll put it this way. In order to access SkyDrive, you must log in with your Microsoft account. That's all that's required.
As it turns out, your Hotmail account is your Microsoft account. In fact, your Microsoft account often looks like, I will say, a Hotmail account.
You can set up another Microsoft account using a different email address that is not a Hotmail account, and you can access SkyDrive using that. But it does require setting up a separate account that does not use your Hotmail address as your login ID.
The bottom line is that you need a Microsoft account to access this technology.
My recommendation is use the one you've got. Moving is probably going to be
much more effort than it's worth. If you're not using Hotmail, you know what?
That's OK. Don't go there. Just use SkyDrive. Use it to whatever degree you want
to; ignore the Hotmail.com email address completely and you'll be fine. There's
absolutely nothing wrong with doing that and that is in fact what I recommend
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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