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GLOBAL – An email attachment. For most of us, it’s a simple thing. You open up the email client on your phone (or your computer) and send something, to someone. You might imagine it pinging across cyberspace with little wings. But what actually happens to that attachment? It’s far from being so straightfoward, it seems. Infact, according to an infographic shared by the SkyDrive team – via Twitter, your attachment is leading quite an extraordinary secret life. 


Life of an attachment

Unfortunately, in order to fit the image into our post some of the text is difficult to read. However, you can download the full-sized version.

It’s estimated that we send 15 emails a day with an attachment, which to equates to 5000 per year, per person. Obviously, there are lots of people who’ll say they hardly send nowhere near that many – myself included. But remember, we’re talking on average here.

Sending attachments back and forth between co-workers trying to finalise the final copy is annoying to say the least. It seems that 77 per-cent of workers that send attachments are required to be edited by a group of people and that 44 per-cent of documents sent by email go through at least three versions before they are made final version.

With the journey of the attachment being a troubled, busy one, there is a way to put an end to the flood of attachments that arrive in your inbox.

SkyDrive on your Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 or Nokia Lumia 900 means the attachments can always be held online, never having to take up valuable space in your email. You can also make any edits to the document without ever having to download it. Plus, if you share it with your colleagues, you’ll all have access to that same file. And with 62 per-cent of people losing files sent to them in attachments, storing them all in your very own SkyDrive, means they’re always available.

Are you a SkyDrive user? Tell us how you use it and what you think of it, in the comments below.

Image credit: Generalantilles