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Launches SkyDrive functionality for creating forms and online questionnaires

Launches SkyDrive functionality for creating forms and online questionnaires

One of the resources that we can find quite frequently while out on the Web are undoubtedly forms. Forms are a resource that is used on many websites to collect data in a survey, enter a contest, gathering suggestions or contributions from other users and a long list of options and uses. Insert a form on our website, fortunately, is becoming easier and, in addition to the ad-hoc programming, we can use plugins for content management systems like WordPress, to multiple third-party service or even generate a form with Google Docs and receive data in a spreadsheet is stored in Google Drive. Forms with Google Docs are a widespread appeal because, well, they are very easy to make and insert on any page, a hegemony that the service cloud storage from Microsoft, , is willing to break because, starting today, is rolling out a new feature for forms and questionnaires .

This new functionality will be available to all users in the next 24 hours and we will make questionnaires and forms a very simple way and collect data in an Excel (xlsx format) that we will have available in our space on SkyDrive.

To create the form all you have to do is click on the “Create” menu SkyDrive and locate the new option to create a questionnaire or a survey. After pressing, the first thing we must do is to name the Excel file which will store the data and we will enter a wizard (which, incidentally, from the aesthetic point of view is very carefully) to be defining the questions and fields that users will have to fill.

Each of the questions that we add will be defined by a series of fields and options that define the type of data entered by users expect, ie indicate whether the response we expect is a text string or a number (and this latter case if the format is fixed, for example, with a specified number of decimal places).

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Once we finish defining questions of our survey, the next step will be the publication and, for this, SkyDrive will generate a URL (you can shorten it easier to share it) that we can share with the public purpose of the survey or study we have raised.

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The initiative is interesting and, of course, can greatly facilitate the approach of a survey or study without requiring its own infrastructure or programming skills to develop a form on our website. In my opinion this new feature has a lot of potential but, it seems, for now not seen options to insert (as an embedded object) within a web page since the only visible option is to share the survey with a link to the same.

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