Yesterday Microsoft launched Outlook.com. Just after a few hours after the launch Outlook.com got over a million users.
Besides my job as Private Cloud Architect I am also a part-time tech student. Now I just found a cool blog post from Tony Tai about how Office 365 compares with Google Apps if you use them as a student.
Today Microsoft released some new SkyDrive Apps for Windows and Mac and alos offers 25GB of free online storage. I really love SkyDrive to keep my files in sync and access them everywhere. With the new apps the integration is much better, easier and 25GB of free storage is a fair deal.
With the new Apps, SkyDrive is integrated in your operating system. If you need some online Storage, Cloud Sync or you are already using a service like Dropbox or GDrive you should have a closer look at Microsoft SkyDrive.
- SkyDrive for the Windows desktop (preview available now). View and manage your personal SkyDrive directly from Windows Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista with this new preview app available in 106 languages worldwide.
- Fetching files through SkyDrive.com. Easily access, browse, and stream files from a remote PC running the preview app to just about anywhere by simply fetching them via SkyDrive.com.
- SkyDrive storage updates. A new, more flexible approach to personal cloud storage that allows power users to get additional paid storage as their needs grow.
- SkyDrive for other devices. We’ve updated the SkyDrive apps on Windows Phone and iOS devices, bringing better management features and sharing options to those devices. We’re also releasing a new preview client for Mac OS X Lion, letting you manage your SkyDrive right from the Finder.
Checkout more about SkyDrive
Yesterday morning I realized I did not get any mails over night so something must be wrong with the sync of my Windows Live/Hotmail account. After checking my Windows Live account under settings –> Email+accounts I could see the message “account is not up-to-date”. By tapping on the Windows Live account I got the following error message.
Windows Live error Not updated We're having a problem synchronizing with m.hotmail.com Last tried [xx] seconds ago Error code: 8600108
After searching the web for some time I found the solution, the problem only appeared when I was syncing E-Mail. After unchecking the E-Mail check box the sync worked fine, except the mail sync of course. Now after it seems that this had to be a problem with a email. I deleted the latest messages on live.com and check the checkbox for E-Mail in my Windows Live account on my phone again the sync worked fine again.
This error can indicate a back-end mail server issue, which may be caused when Windows Live tries to sync an email with a large or problematic Word document such as an attachment. There could also be a temporary service outage.
More Information: Here
Some of my friends now get Windows Phones and I think it is important to start right and get the best possible user experience.
Cleanup your Windows Live Account. All your Contacts are saved in the Cloud, using Windows Live, Google or Exchange. You can not save contacts on your phone or sync contacts between your Windows Phone and your PC without the “Cloud” as your middle man. I think the most people will not have Exchange Online account so I would recommend using a Windows Live account.
Now when you start your Windows Phone for the first time you login with your Windows Live account and this will sync all your Windows Live contacts to your phone. So you can make your life much easier if you have a clean contacts list.
- Log-in to live.com and go to contacts.
- Rename your contacts with their real names, this is important that Windows Live and the Windows Phone can merge accounts with other services like Facebook or Linkedin.
- Add other services in your live.com account (Facebook and Linkedin for example)
- Cleanup your Contact list. You can use a cleanup function:
- This will merge Accounts and cleanup duplicates.
- If you still have duplicate contacts you can combine them.
Since I work more and more with Windows 7 I had a look at Microsoft OneNote 2010. Before I used Evernote and I was happy with it. But as I saw OneNote and startet using it, I can’t think being without it. There are alot of features I really love and OneNote 2010 is really nice integrated into Windows 7 and the Office products.
So if you wish to migrate from Evernote to Microsoft OneNote 2010 you can do that in diffrend ways.
- Import Notes via Outlook (send Evernote Notes via email and import them in Outlook via the Send to OneNote button)
- Export Notes as HTML and Import Them Into OneNote
- Import Notes via the OneNote Printer
You can read a great HowTo on howtogeek.com
Btw. Microsoft released also OneNote for iPhone
Microsoft released Windows Live Mesh 2011 last year but I did really spend a lot of attention to it. Until this weekend I needed to conneced to my Lab but VPN didn’t work so I didn’t really had a chance to do that. But after sometime I realized that I have a management computer installed with Windows Live Mesh and I could connect to it using Windows Live Mesh Remote Desktop. This really saved my weekend.
Windows Live Mesh 2011 even more cool features
- Sync between computers
- Sync program settings
- Sync on SkyDrive
- Connect remotely to other Computers