The Microsoft Outlook.com, OneDrive and Office teams were very busy last week. Let's take a look at what happened.
Outlook.comFirst came the celebration of the world-wide roll out of Outlook.com. Having started with MSN Hotmail in 2001, I am more than pleased with the improvements of the email service since then.
What seemed to be a haven for spam those many years ago is now a clean, efficient mail system. The junk mail filter along with Sweep and Rules work together to keep my Inbox clean and organized.
Now, with the integration of Office Online, it is hard to envision how Outlook.com could get any better, but we'll get to Office Online in a bit.
OneDriveAlthough it has been known for some time that SkyDrive was being renamed OneDrive, the roll out of the change was nothing short of spectacular, with some lucky people adding 100 G free storage to their account for one year.
Even if you weren't fortunate enough to get the added bonus, the OneDrive team has provided other opportunities to add to your free space for current users. Log into OneDrive.com and get up to an extra 8 GB by following the steps to enable your camera roll backup and by referring your friends.
If you sign into OneDrive as a new customer from this link, in addition to the 7 GB storage when you sign up, both of us will receive an extra 0.5 GB of free storage. You can use OneDrive to store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. Even more, you can use OneDrive on your PC, Mac, tablet, and mobile phone.
Office OnlineOffice Web Apps were renamed Office Online. Along with the name change Office Online became more easily accessible than before. If you use Office.com email, you can choose from Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote right from the drop-down in the upper left-hand corner of your Outlook.com email account. Alternatively, you can go directly to http://www.office.com/.
The only prerequisite to using Office Online is a Microsoft Account, which can be set up with any email address. If you don't already have a Microsoft Account, the sign-up page is here.
Learn more about the announcements and changes in the references below.
- OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices
- Celebrating one year with our Outlook.com customers
- Introducing Office Online at Office.com
- Use OneNote anywhere with the OneNote Web App
- What is Microsoft account