How to Set Up the Free OneDrive and Skype Accounts on Your Surface

By Andy Rathbone

Unlike the first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro, the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 models come with two perks: a free 200GB OneDrive account for two years and both Unlimited World and Skype WiFi for one year.

So, what does that mean? Here’s the scoop:

  • OneDrive: OneDrive is a storage space that you can access from the Internet. By storing files on OneDrive, you can access them from anywhere: your Surface, your PC, your smartphone, or even any web browser.

  • Skype: Skype works like a telephone call or video conference between two PCs. Although it’s free when used between two PCs, calling landlines or cell phones with Skype costs extra. The one-year Unlimited World subscription lets you use Skype to call landlines and cell phones for free in many countries. The one-year Skype WiFi subscription lets you connect to Skype WiFi hotspots around the globe for free, as well.

To activate them, find the blue cards packaged with your Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2. Visit the websites listed on the cards and enter the code printed on the cards’ backs.

Now, the fine print:

  • You must redeem the offers within 90 days after buying your Surface. You can’t redeem them after December 31, 2014. And you can redeem only one offer per Microsoft account.

  • Check here to read more fine print and sign up for your free OneDrive space.

  • Check here to see the countries covered by Skype’s Unlimited World subscription and to sign up for your free Skype and Skype WiFi account.