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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
What to do with 57 billion photos
A look at trends in photos and videos A lot has changed in the three years since we launched the first Windows Live Photo Gallery . For starters, there are a lot more people taking photos. About 10 billion more photos will be taken in the US in 2010 than in 2007—rising from about 47 billion...
Fri, Apr 9 2010
The evolution of Windows Live Spaces
Now that the new generation of Windows Live web services has been released, some of you have asked me why we didn’t make any changes to Spaces. Although we did not make many noticeable changes to the service, I wanted to do a blog post about Spaces within the broader context of Windows Live and show...
Wed, Jun 30 2010
Work on Word docs at the same time as others using SkyDrive
In our last update , we used HTML5 to make SkyDrive faster for browsing and accessing your files from anywhere, on any browser. But we know that many of you want to do more than just store documents on SkyDrive - you also want to share and collaborate. Today, I’m thrilled to join the Office team in announcing...
Thu, Jul 7 2011
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
Turn over a new leaf and switch from Gmail to Hotmail in 3 easy steps
It’s nearing the end of January, and that’s a good time to think about those New Year’s resolutions. A year ago, you might have called us crazy, but a lot has changed in the last 12 months and as a result, there are now many reasons why you may want to consider leaving Gmail and giving Hotmail a try...
Thu, Jan 26 2012
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
Hotmail security improves with full-session HTTPS encryption
Beginning today, Hotmail is providing you with the option to enhance the security of your entire Hotmail session with HTTPS data encryption (via secure socket layers, or SSL), which is currently used to help secure your Hotmail sign-in. Today’s update joins a series of other recent security updates ...
Tue, Nov 9 2010
Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh
In June, we announced that as part of Windows Live Essentials beta, we brought together two programs, Windows Live Sync and the Live Mesh beta, into one: Windows Live Sync beta. We focused on four things with our beta release: Making it easy to access the PCs you use from anywhere Getting your files...
Fri, Aug 27 2010
Windows Live Messenger – a short history
Hi, my name is Jeff Kunins, and I am the Group Program Manager (GPM) for social networking across Windows Live . In other words, I’m totally focused on partnering with and connecting to social networks and other web services that you already love, allowing them to light up Hotmail , Messenger , SkyDrive...
Tue, Feb 9 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
Preview of the new Windows Live Messenger
We’ve spent the last few months posting about how we look at the industry, the key customer problems that are top-of-mind for us, and where we think we can improve the lives of our customers. Today in a speech at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, Steve Ballmer is sharing a preview of the new Windows...
Wed, Apr 28 2010
How we used HTML5 to make SkyDrive fast for millions of people
We hope you’ve had a chance to try the new version of SkyDrive that we shipped a few weeks ago. You probably noticed that the performance of the web experience has been dramatically improved and redesigned for simplicity. In this post, I’m going to cover a few of the things we did to make the new SkyDrive...
Thu, Jul 14 2011
Connecting Office 2010 to the web and phone
In June of 2010, we connected Office 2010 to SkyDrive so that you can share and access your documents across the web. Over 30 million people have now accessed Office documents on SkyDrive! We’re extremely happy that we have reached so many of you! In August, we connected Hotmail to Windows Phone and...
Tue, Jan 18 2011
Windows Live Messenger Connect is now available
Today we are announcing availability of Messenger Connect ( ) beta. Messenger Connect allows users to communicate, share, and connect with their Messenger friends on other websites. It is a flexible, yet prescriptive set of APIs to help create intuitive experiences that can be tightly integrated into...
Mon, Jun 28 2010
Windows Live completes the Windows Experience
When I talk about what we’re doing in Windows Live, people often start by asking me: What is Windows Live ? Many folks know about Hotmail and Messenger , and there are millions of users of our other desktop apps and services like SkyDrive , Photo Gallery , and Movie Maker . So what people are really...
Tue, Apr 20 2010
Preview of the new Windows Live Essentials
In recent posts we’ve talked about the new Messenger and the re-invention of Hotmail . Today, we’re going to spend time on the new Windows Live Essentials . You can also view this video on YouTube Windows Live Essentials – the essential software for...
Thu, Jun 3 2010
An exciting few days for personal cloud storage – and SkyDrive
This week, we’ve seen a welcome update from Dropbox, a new chapter for SkyDrive and the long awaited emergence of Google Nessie. Is it only Wednesday? We’re very encouraged by the response we’ve received this week, and it’s hard not to be pretty happy when we hear positive feedback on all of the improvements...
Wed, Apr 25 2012
The Huffington Post makes it easier for Hotmail users to share their favorite articles
A key goal of the revamped developer platform is to make it easier for websites to integrate Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger into their sites in ways that are meaningful and beneficial. One site that has taken advantage of our platform in this manner is The Huffington Post . The Huffington Post is a...
Fri, Sep 2 2011
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