Why does the Windows 8.1 built in Skydrive take an age to upload files?

They are showing up in the Metro app and in the File Explorer folder. But it seems to not want to upload and there is no option to force sync.

How do I get Skydrive to upload straight away? It's no good as is because if I upload to skydrive and then try and get that file off of it on my iPad I can't. Doesn't matter if the app is open or not. Nothing happens.

There is no progress bars or indication as to uploading in the 8.1 skydrive app.

I have signed in under my microsoft account.

If I go back to local account, can I use the old Skydrive desktop app? That worked properly.