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9 tips for working with SkyDrive on Windows PCs
We’ve received many comments and tweets about how people use SkyDrive everyday to access, create, and share across devices. In this post, Lia Yu , a product marketer on our team, shares a few of our favorite tips. - Anand Babu, Group Product Marketer, SkyDrive...
Fri, Jun 15 2012
Office serves over 20 million people on the web
In just over 100 days since Office Web Apps launched , more than 20 million people in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Ireland have used them – including Hotmail , Office 2010 , and SkyDrive . With more than 25,000 comments so far, we're releasing more new features today, shaped directly by your feedback...
Thu, Sep 23 2010
Solving the attachment problem with SkyDrive
We’ve talked about our approach to connecting the file cloud, app cloud and device cloud. A key part of the work we are doing in the app cloud is to bring the benefits of cloud-based file sharing to email apps. In this post, Lia Yu, a product marketer on the SkyDrive team, describes the problems people...
Fri, Feb 10 2012
Designing app-centric sharing for SkyDrive, part 1 of 2: Complexity of “simple”
A few weeks ago, we released an upgrade to SkyDrive.com that fundamentally changed the way you can share files and collaborate using SkyDrive. Omar Shahine gave a great overview in his blog post a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to dive into deeper detail about how our new, simple app-centric sharing...
Wed, Dec 21 2011
Windows Live and Windows Phone 7
As announced today in New York , Windows Phone 7 is coming soon! We’ve been working hard over the last several months to make sure Windows Live can connect you to your stuff and the people you care about across your Windows PC, your phone, and the web. Earlier this year, we released the new Hotmail and...
Mon, Oct 11 2010
A look back at the year since Windows 7 released
October 22 marks one year since the release of Windows 7. This is a huge milestone for Windows and for Microsoft. Windows 7 has already sold 240 million copies, more than any other operating system in the same timeframe and helping bring us to 1.2 billion people using Windows worldwide . This is something...
Thu, Oct 21 2010
Use Office Web Apps on SkyDrive to take over the world!
It’s been a pretty wild last 8 months since we launched the Office Web Apps Technical Preview on SkyDrive. We’ve had so much demand for the technical preview that we had to expand its availability , and we’ve seen a lot of excitement about the integration of our web apps with the Office 2010 Beta . And...
Tue, May 4 2010
More Hotmail updates on the way
We’ve kept ourselves busy this summer. A few months ago, we released a re-invented Windows Live Hotmail designed around what people said they wanted—a more efficient service to help them manage clutter with features like Sweep and one-click filters , save time with ActiveViews , share hundreds of large...
Thu, Sep 23 2010
Office Web Apps in Hotmail & SkyDrive available everywhere
Office Web Apps are now available to anyone using Hotmail or SkyDrive in Central and South America. This extends the service to people in 18 more countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay...
Wed, Mar 9 2011
Updates to Office Web Apps
The Office Web Apps have been refreshed on SkyDrive and in Hotmail with several new features, including: Word printing . Now, the Word Web App offers the print command in the Word Web App editor. Excel charts and the auto fill handle . With the Excel Web App, you can easily insert charts and manipulate...
Tue, Aug 24 2010
Messenger Highlights - the best of what your friends are doing across the web
Over the past few weeks, we've announced many new features coming in Windows Live Messenger. By now you've probably played with the Beta, and if you haven't, you can get it now at http://explore.live.com . You can also see how Messenger goes with you wherever you are -- on the new Hotmail or even using...
Mon, Jul 19 2010
SkyDrive and Office: 7 tips for full-powered collaboration in the cloud across PCs and Macs
A few months ago, we shared a few challenges that customers have with today’s personal cloud storage services. College students in particular have unique needs that today’s services do not satisfy. While we continue to improve SkyDrive to meet their needs, today’s SkyDrive can already...
Tue, Jan 17 2012
Planning a trip using Groups, OneNote, and SkyDrive
The last time I planned a summer trip with a group of friends, it was a long process that involved picking the right dates, finding hotels, and looking for activities to do once we got there. It was all pretty disorganized, with long email threads and multiple copies of documents that people had been...
Fri, Jul 30 2010
A behind-the-scenes look at designing the new Hotmail: part three
In part one and part two of this series, I talked about the principles that guided our design for the new Hotmail and showed you how we’re helping you navigate your email and manage your inbox more quickly and easily. Today, in this last part, I wanted to show you a few features that we designed to help...
Wed, Aug 11 2010
Re-inventing Windows Live Hotmail – the next generation of personal email
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how consumers are using their email and how they manage their inboxes . We've also talked about how we decide what to build based on what we hear from customers . Today, we’re excited to give...
Tue, May 18 2010
Experiencing modern Office with SkyDrive: Cloud-first. No compromises.
Last November, we shared our thoughts on the state of personal cloud storage and our vision for connecting file, app and device clouds to address key customer problems. For example, students start and finish projects in Microsoft Office, but that 75% of them use other tools in between, such as email...
Fri, Jul 20 2012
Hotmail and SkyDrive help make Office 2010 great
If you’ve been using the Office Web Apps since our release last week and saw some of the changes to the new Hotmail that we began rolling out this week, you’ll realize why, like everyone here on the Windows Live team, I love the web. I especially love how web apps like SkyDrive and Hotmail let me work...
Wed, Jun 16 2010
Windows Live Sync beta blends the best of Sync and Mesh
If you've been following us closely, you know we've had two different synchronization services: Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh beta . We’ve heard two things loud and clear. First, people who use either Sync or Mesh rely on the services every day to connect them back to their PCs and sync...
Thu, Jun 10 2010
Behind the scenes: photo sharing on SkyDrive
When we launched Windows Live SkyDrive in August of 2007, we had the clear goal to make sharing easier and better for anybody on the Internet. But offering free storage to the world is a risky proposition – the list of services that have tried to do this and failed is long. So we took it slow, starting...
Tue, Mar 23 2010
Hotmail, Office 365 and now Facebook betting on Office Web Apps
At Hotmail, we’re excited about the incredible reception that our customers have given the Office Web Apps. Since rolling out our Office Web Apps integration this summer , we’ve seen millions of people view, share, and edit Office docs right from their Hotmail inbox – over a quarter of a billion docs...
Mon, Nov 15 2010
Hotmail thanks you for a great 15 years
This past Monday, July 4 th , the Hotmail team celebrated our 15th birthday ! This is a big milestone for us, and we thought it was a good time to look back at the past year and share how some of our recent changes are being used. The first 15 years have been busy, and none more so than this past year;...
Tue, Jul 5 2011
Office is now live on SkyDrive!
Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview. We’ve been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps on SkyDrive are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland...
Tue, Jun 8 2010
SkyDrive keeps Office formatting beautifully intact in the cloud
You may have heard about a plug-in announced yesterday by Google. Our friends on the Office Web Apps team have a great blog post that explains our approach to connecting Office to the cloud using SkyDrive , whether you use Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010 or Office for Mac. Once you upload your...
Fri, Feb 25 2011
Office Web Apps on SkyDrive get a Spring update
I’m pleased to join the Office Web Apps team in announcing some new features available in Office Web Apps on SkyDrive . After our global rollout of the Office Web Apps to more than 190 countries in March, we’ve continued to work on the Office Web Apps, and we’re rolling out some nice enhancements today...
Thu, May 12 2011
The new Hotmail is rolling out now!
Today, we have reason to celebrate, as we’ve begun to roll out the new Hotmail worldwide! You may start seeing the new features in your inbox as early as today, features like the new Sweep menu, the freshly integrated Office Web Apps, huge new attachment limits up to 10 GB using SkyDrive, and the ability...
Tue, Jun 15 2010
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