Amazon is a newcomer to the online photo game, having introduced free, unlimited picture storage as part of Amazon Prime in November. Dropbox’s entry into full-featured photo storage is Carousel, an app for backing up your photos automatically and displaying them in a zippy little timeline you scroll with your thumb.
Dropbox’s other big, consumer-friendly move in the past two years has been to lower its prices dramatically: 1 TB of storage for $10 a month, or $100 a year. It’s also ugly: most photos shared by my friends there are in the popular square format, but Flickr is designed for full-bleed images — and so it puts ugly black bars on either side of every photo, giving the entire page a letterboxed effect.
Because it comes from a selfish internet giant, Google+ won’t let you import from your other social networks.
Picturelife’s independence from a big platform like Apple or Google makes it a more democratic solution than the giants’. Now 13 years old, SmugMug has remained independent by embracing a positively quaint strategy: charging its users for storage, even at the lowest levels. In return, you get a service well suited to professional and semi-pro photographers: SmugMug assumes you’ll use it as an online portfolio, and offers more customization options for your personal site than any service we reviewed. Since the last time we checked, thanks to features like auto-upload, these services have roughly achieved feature parity. Because photo storage services have evolved to become so similar, it’s arguably less important than ever which one you pick. Google+ remains my favorite free option, because most photos look great at 2048 pixels and Google will let you store as many of those pictures as you want with them. Traditionally, scale-out NAS has been confined to large businesses with the need for petabytes of storage that have been able to afford highly specialised appliances deployed for narrow purpose missions.
Scalable file serving with enterprise wide data protection and archiving is vital to mid-sized corporations encountering serious capacity and performance limitations. In a hyper-growth storage environment, corporations have found it cost-prohibitive and cumbersome to keep up with the explosion of data capacity requirements.
Scale-out NAS is well positioned to be the cost-effective, flexible solution eagerly sought by small to mid-sized corporations that want more storage capacity and performance, but without adding management complexity. However, times have changed and storage is a critical component to consider when engineering infrastructures. Added to the difficulties of housing a constantly rising amount of data is the issue of how businesses and organisations can effectively manage all the data. A clustered NAS solution scales capacity and performance without increasing management complexity by eliminating islands of storage. Extra capacity from new nodes or drives can be integrated automatically while ensuring proper configuration and load balancing for best overall system performance. By consolidating file storage, scale-out NAS reduces the amount of infrastructure required and prevents forming more islands of storage.
A global namespace simplifies management by eliminating manual provisioning and creating virtually unlimited storage volumes. Businesses with growing user bases often experience congestion and throughput bottlenecks as they encounter performance limitations due to the fixed amount of network bandwidth available in the single head unit architecture of a traditional storage design.
Even when storage is protected by proven RAID technologies, data loss or business interruption can occur if any crucial hardware components fail. Scale-out NAS architectures maintain resiliency by writing data across multiple nodes and disk drives simultaneously in order to achieve instant redundancy. The recent evolutions with the next generation of scale-out NAS products have evolved to enable mid-sized firms to benefit from a technology only the largest of enterprises that have the inclination and budget for specialised equipment have been able to use. Joe Disher, Director of Product Marketing at Overland Storage, is a senior-level technology professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, technical sales and information systems.
About UsBCW (Business Computing World) is a leading point of communications between business technology leaders and their audiences. Microsofta€™s Cortana virtual assistant is digging deeper into usersa€™ email accounts in hopes of creating more useful reminders. With the latest Windows 10 Insider build, Cortana will scan for commitments that users make via email, and then offer to create a reminder. Beyond email reminders, Cortana is also getting a bit more proactive with calendar appointments.
Email reminders are launching today in the United States for Windows 10 Insiders, and the new calendar alerts are available in the United States and United Kingdom.
Why this matters: Microsoft says its goal with Cortana is to mimic a real-life personal assistant, and says these new features are just the beginning. PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done. Microsoft's Office 2013 reaches its public Customer Preview milestone today, available for end users to test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs.
Perhaps the biggest change to Office 2013 isn't the way it looks or its features, but rather the way documents are delivered along with some important under-the-hood changes.
Office on demand is a powerful aspect to Microsoft's Office 2013 subscription offering, providing a way to access a full version of Office wherever you are.
Microsoft is offering a number of different Office 2013 editions aimed at home users and businesses. A hint of MetroAt first glance you won't notice a huge visual change across Office 2013 applications. PDF support is also greatly improved in Office 2013, allowing users to natively open PDF documents and reflow them into Word documents. One of the nicest cloud features in Word 2013 is a Resume Reading option that automatically bookmarks the last position in a document and syncs it across different PCs or tablets.
Other document layout improvements include a new alignment guide to correctly line up charts, photos, and diagrams with Word 2013 text. Embed web video in word documentsOnline video is now supported in Word 2013, so content that has been embedded into a document is playable within the doc providing an internet connection is present.
A staple in businesses worldwide, Excel already feels like it has an overwhelming amount of features that even your office Excel whiz may have barely scratched the surface of, but Microsoft is adding a few more in Excel 2013.
A new Quick Trend feature will provide a chart that analyzes historical time series data, and a new Excel Add-in scans spreadsheets for errors, broken links, and inconsistencies. PowerPoint, the fail-safe for office workers and students worldwide, is getting a few important updates to help presenters in a world of social networks and multi-screen devices.
Like other Office 2013 apps, PowerPoint 2013 features the new Start screen with a variety of wide-screen themes to pick for presentations.
Outlook 2013 contains the most significant improvements to the core Office 2013 applications.
The familiar Outlook social integration from 2010 is still present, but Facebook and LinkedIn are both baked in this time.
A new Peeks feature lets you take a look at your schedule or a specific appointment with a contact without having to go into each individual section of Outlook 2013. On the desktop version side, there’s some touch improvements like the rest of the Office 2013 applications, but you’ll want the Windows 8 version for that type of note taking. Office 2013 feels like a stop gap between what’s really next for Office innovation, an attempt to fend off Google’s increasing popularity in small and medium-sized businesses. Microsoft is targeting its Office 2013 suite at businesses, no doubt, but consumers will see the benefits of its improvements in the form of Windows RT tablets (which includes some of the Office 2013 apps). Touch improvements aren't great, but cloud integration isThe touch experience isn’t great from my own testing on Windows 8 Release Preview, and it feels all too familiar to Windows 7 — a first stab at touch improvements on desktop software. Overall, Office 2013 represents a big leap forward on the cloud side, but if you’re an average Office 2010 home user then there might not be enough here to make you rush out and upgrade.
The Microsoft service is part of Windows Live range of online products and enables you to keep the your files private, share them with contacts, or make the files public. Currently publicly-shared files do not require a Windows Live ID to access. Currently the SkyDrive service offers 25 GB of free personal storage with individual files limited to 100 MB.
We’re taking more photos than ever — an estimated 900 billion photos will be uploaded to the web this year.
Because auto-uploading features are now standard, I can be confident that whenever I snap a photo, it’s quickly backed up to the cloud. We’ve winnowed out our list of services to consider to a manageable eight, looking for a storage system that best balances power, ease of use, and value.
There’s iCloud Photo Stream, where you can store your last 1,000 photos (or 30 days worth of photos) in the cloud for free.
Carousel hasn’t gotten much traction — it has fewer than 5 million downloads on Android — but it works fine, and if you’re backing up your photos to Dropbox already, it’s a good tool for browsing them. It’s still not the cheapest option, but it’s a much better value than it’s been in the past.
Fresh off a redesign and an offer of 1 TB in free storage, Yahoo’s venerable photo solution had fresh appeal for both amateur and serious photographers.
Flickr still does plenty of things right, and longtime users can be reasonably confident their pictures are safe there.
It’s buried inside Google’s all-but-abandoned social network, but Google’s take on photos is still easy to recommend. But for easily backing up all the photos you’re taking on your phone, Google+ is easy and often even fun.
Now it’s OneDrive, and it’s much more generous: 30 GB of free storage, as long as you enable auto-upload on the mobile app. With a few clicks, you can connect it with Flickr, Foursquare, Google, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, among other networks, ensuring that everything you share to social media gets backed up to a single place. In February, the original founder sold the business to digital media hub StreamNation, and most of its employees left. After a two-week trial, you’ll have to pay to use the service, starting at $60 a year for a basic plan with unlimited photo storage.
It also has the most options for turning your photos into merchandise and putting them up for sale. Annoyingly, though, the features usually only work when the apps are running in the background, so you have to open them every few weeks while you’re on Wi-Fi and let them do their work.
And the free options of these services are so good, you should feel free to hedge your bets by doubling or tripling up.
Its automated GIFs and photo albums remain unique years after their launch, and they make browsing old photos fun in a way most services can’t match.
Incredibly, it’s the only one of the services here that reliably imports photos from the many social networks I post to, giving me a single inbox for my pictures.
It’s never been more important, and yet even the biggest consumer internet companies barely seem to be paying attention.


And no one wants to pay for a service they’re getting for free — even if that service is just a camera roll rapidly chewing through the storage on your phone.
The exciting news is that scale-out NAS technology is now available to mid-sized enterprises struggling with complex infrastructures that have traditionally been expandable only at great expense. By investing in scale-out NAS, these organisations assure themselves that data access performance, protection and throughput needs are met even while growing storage magnitudes by 50%, 100% or even more. Market researcher Gartner estimates the market for scale-out NAS could reach $15bn by 2015. New projects would spin up with storage requirements that stretch beyond what the current storage infrastructure could support.
With the capacity requirements becoming too large to ignore for new IT deployments, and the prospect of unpredictable and exponential growth in the future, a change in the way storage is deployed is paramount. This is especially challenging when infrastructures feature disconnected storage silos, which are already expensive and time consuming to manage. This provides easy and affordable scaling that doesn’t force businesses to try and predict capacity in advance. There are no boundaries to growth in such a cluster because there are no limits to the number of nodes or drives that can be added. Management of a single global namespace is simple and consistent, irrespective of whether a business is managing small amounts or multiple petabytes of storage. Businesses also have the ability to manually control volume usage by adjustable quotas for different network applications or departments. Scale-out NAS addresses the network bottleneck issue and boosts aggregate performance across the network by balancing user connections and spreading data out across the cluster. Adding more nodes to an existing cluster accelerates application performance and lets businesses keep pace with ever expanding user bases, while avoiding downtime or tedious data migration. Scale-out NAS solutions protect data and prevent business disruption by tolerating the failure of multiple drives and even entire nodes with no downtime or offline rebuilding.
This architecture makes it possible for corporations to achieve complete redundancy and protection by removing all single points of failure. With scale-out NAS technology, mid-sized corporations are poised to enjoy increased productivity and a lower cost of doing business.
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For instance, emailing a€?Ia€™ll get you this report by the end of the daya€? to your boss will create a reminder card in Cortanaa€™s main menu. Users will still have to click a button in Cortanaa€™s menu to set the reminder, so they wona€™t be unnecessarily pestered by reminders they didna€™t intend to create.
Users will get an alert if someone sends a last-minute meeting request, or if a request falls outside of the usera€™s typical meeting times. The new features should roll out to all Windows 10 users soon, but Microsoft is still figuring out how to bring them to Cortana on iOS and Android. Compared to Google Now and Applea€™s Siria€”both of which have ramped up their own proactive features in recent monthsa€”the focus for Microsoft seems to be more on productivity.
Microsoft is calling its Office 2013 suite, codenamed Office 15, a "modern" version of the software that is used on a billion PCs worldwide. Microsoft is really pushing the ability to create a Word document on a Windows PC and edit it on a Windows Phone, Windows 8 tablet, or any Windows 7- or Windows 8-based PC with an internet connection. The service lets you stream a full-featured Office application to any internet-connected PC running Windows 7 and Windows 8, providing access to the settings and documents you use regularly.
Office 365, the company's software plus services platform for Office, will power Office 2013 as a subscription service for those who want to avoid the up-front costs of a perpetual license and take advantage of some of the on-demand features. The ribbon is still present in each app and my install presented it by default upon first launch. Although hit targets become larger, making it slightly easier to navigate with touch, and it's easy to navigate or type data in documents, the feature feels a little gimmicky and is hidden away from immediate view. Word’s new onscreen Read Mode reflows text automatically in columns to fit a particular device screen, which makes it easier to read documents on the move. Initially, documents will open in a Protected View, but an enable editing button lets you modify the content and save the document as a PDF again. Resume Reading requires a Microsoft SkyDrive account, but it works without any configuration required.
A new live layout tool also lets you preview how photos, videos, and shapes will align in documents as you drag them through various pages. The scanner will be particularly useful for auditors or system admins who want to move documents to new locations without having to worry about breaking existing links.
Quick Analysis Lens suggests ways to present data and a recommended charts feature automatically suggests the best type of chart based on data patterns. One interesting change is the ability to now insert pictures from Facebook, Flickr, and other services directly into PowerPoint 2013 without having to save them first. If you're using a second screen, as many do with projectors, then the updated view lets you control what's shown to viewers while keeping an eye on notes and the next slide due. Theme variants let you change the style of a presentation easily even after a general theme has been applied , and an eyedropper feature allows you to pick a color from elsewhere to match your document. New Exchange ActiveSync account support brings Hotmail and other popular email services with true push support to Outlook 2013. Outlook's navigation bar is now compact by default too on the left-hand side, with some quick options to respond, delete, move, flag, and mark as unread on the right-hand side.
Microsoft is also supporting inline replies for quicker emailing and the company continues to support conversation view, although, like Outlook 2010, it's still disabled by default. You can add multiple locations and get a brief overview of three days worth of weather before you create a new appointment. A fullscreen mode takes the ribbon away and turns OneNote 2013 into a simple note-taking app. Most of the app improvements feel rather minor, with the exception of PowerPoint and Outlook, but it seems that Microsoft has finally pulled together its cloud strategy around Windows, Office, and SkyDrive — something that’s vital in the ecosystems battle with Google and Apple.
The company isn’t announcing pricing for its new Office 365 Home Premium service, but if it’s relatively low-cost then it could tempt some consumers who typically opt for a boxed copy.
Microsoft’s Office division has taken a similar approach, by increasing touch targets, but it seems that any truly touch-optimized versions of Office will come as Metro style apps, if anything at all.
On the other hand, the improved support for collaboration through Office 365 or Present Online and App extension support will be of particular interest to business and enterprise users.
None of the information on the Gemind website has been confirmed as yet, but as soon as more information becomes available for SkyDrive we will keep you updated. And billions more live on our camera rolls, waiting for us to back them up, erase them, or — amazingly — simply discard them when we give up and buy a new phone. Because photos are a uniquely visual file format, good services have designed apps that are fun to browse and easy to search. Completists will also want to check out indies like Everalbum, Joomeo, and Shoebox, but my experience with short-lived predecessors like Everpix and Loom has made me wary of recommending them to the masses. And then there’s the iCloud Photo Library, which syncs your iOS devices to Apple’s new Photos app for Mac. Carousel also has my favorite sharing tool of these apps: it organizes your shared photos into conversations based on the people you’re sharing with, in a kind of hybrid of iMessage and Apple’s shared photo streams.
It offers you unlimited free uploads at a size of 2048 pixels, and it applies some really fun effects to your photos: turning bursts of pictures into looping GIFs, and automatically creating slick vacation photo albums whenever you spend a few days away from home. Like many services built to store all your files rather than just photos, OneDrive’s approach to photos is fairly basic.
Picturelife also gives you a daily dose of nostalgia pushed to your mobile devices, telling you what you were up to on that day in previous years.
StreamNation founder Jonathan Benassaya has indicated the services will merge over time, letting users store a wider variety of personal media for one price. SmugMug isn’t for most people, but it’s a solid offering for professionals and anyone else who owns a fancy camera. There are still differences in the services at the edges, though, notably around which services will import your photos from social networks.
Best of all, there are rumors that Google will finally spin photos back off into a separate product this year — and the foundation the company has laid with Google+ should make it a great solution.
Internet giants want to pretend that no other companies exist, but as long as I’m being randomly tagged in friends’ photos on Facebook and posting strange screenshots to Twitter, I need a place that organizes it. On one hand, I can hardly blame them — it’s a proposition that has proven singularly unprofitable. Organisations are also forced to cope with continually growing storage management costs and complexity while doing so with depleted staff resources.
This forced IT administrators to create another independent, un-integrated silo of storage due to time and budgetary constraints. Adding more capacity merely increases the management burden and makes it even more difficult for IT to maintain a consistent user experience. Organisations can increase capacity and improve performance by spreading the workload across the storage cluster by drawing from available drive-bays within existing nodes or adding additional nodes. Due to his knowledge and reputation in the business and computer storage world, Joe is a recognised contributor in trade, business and financial publications. And because the email scanning happens locally on the device, Microsoft wona€™t store any email data unless users click the a€?set remindera€? button. The idea is that users can quickly reschedule or adjust their routines in response to these requests.
That focus could help Cortana stand out as Microsoft expands its virtual assistant beyond Windows devices.
Cloud-connected and designed to work well on Windows 8 tablets, Office 2013 signals a shift to document collaboration and anywhere any device access. Home users can store documents in Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage and businesses can use a range of the company's SharePoint offerings.
Simply put, you can sign in to a streaming version of Office at a friend’s PC and finish a document; the app will then be removed from the PC once it's closed.
Available in Home Premium, Small Business Premium, Pro Plus, and Enterprise — Office 365 has a variety of offerings that are flexible based on needs, but like many of its other products there’s still no one size that fits all. An emphasis on a clean and Metro style user interface is present, and the apps particularly fit well inside Windows 8, despite the fact they run in the desktop mode. Microsoft's Office team appear to have taken a similar approach to that of its Windows counterparts.


The full screen mode works equally well by removing all the distractions typically created by the various toolbars and options in Word. Decades later, Word PDF editing still isn’t perfect, but if you're looking for an editable Word document from a PDF then it works well. Signing into an Office 2013 app with a Microsoft account reveals options to save documents to services like Flickr or SkyDrive.
The option will reformat and rearrange data automatically based on your own use of Excel 2013 and auto-complete remaining data with no formulas or macros required. Chart animations will also provide a visual way to see how data is moving in a chart as the changes are applied. The feature works by association with a Microsoft account and sign in process through PowerPoint 2013. Audiences only see the slide that's presented, but there's an option to swap displays if required.
Microsoft is also supporting additional video formats in PowerPoint 2013, and the ability to have music and sound play across several slides or the entire presentation. Like other apps, the Ribbon is still present in Outlook 2013, but unpinning it makes Outlook feel a lot less cluttered and yet still very functional. To surface more information in mail items, there's also a MailTips feature that shows you if someone is out of the office, if you're sending mail externally, or if you forgot to attach a document — all helping to avoid common mistakes. It's a nice addition, but as a standalone bar it feels rather pointless unless you like to glance at the weather forecast regularly. I haven’t been able to test this Metro version ahead of time, but the interface includes touch-and-hold radial menus for easier use on touch-based devices.
Auto-updating file views are now present in OneNote 2013, allowing users to preview content within a notebook without opening separate apps. Although Microsoft launched its own cloud storage before iCloud and Google Drive, its consumer message was confusing and separated with no ease-of-use. One critical aspect here, though, is that these applications are designed for the desktop; they’re best used primarily with a mouse and keyboard. It’s clearly difficult to create a fully functional touch-based word processor or spreadsheet with legacy support, and Microsoft hasn’t cracked it yet. If you, like many office workers, live in Outlook then the 2013 upgrade might be worth it alone — especially if you want to sync Mail, Contacts, and Calendars from Hotmail or other services. I’m losing count of the people who tell me that they can’t take any more photos because their smartphones are out of storage space. As for the more established Adobe Revel — it’s an aggressively meh product and didn’t make the cut. If you’re a committed Apple user, Photo Library is a good, reasonably cheap option starting at a buck a month for 20 GB of storage.
But it only works as intended if everyone has Carousel installed, and the download charts would suggest that’s not the case. By default Google shows you highlights of your photos rather than your entire timeline, giving you a pleasing high-level view of your collection.
Its most intriguing feature is tags: it uses machine vision to group your photos automatically in a wild variety of categories. Overall, the service does a superior job in creating a single online home for your photos, and organizes them into a nice-enough interface with lots of options for browsing and sharing. But however you proceed, you should back up your camera roll to a cloud service, if only so you can free up space on your phone. And yet I still can’t believe there isn’t a billion-dollar business to be built out of our collective need to remember. It also results in additional staff overhead, as highly trained IT professionals need to be hired to tend ever-more complex storage environments. This allows purchasing more storage capacity only when needed, saving time and reducing capital costs. Users can also disable the feature entirely if they dona€™t want email-based reminder cards to appear. Notably, Microsoft is introducing an on-demand subscription version of Office 2013 that can be streamed from any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with the ability to sync settings and documents. Office 2013’s big innovation is its ability to let users stream a full-featured version of Office to a PC with personal settings intact — an on-demand Office suite whenever you require it.
This all requires an Office 365 Home Premium subscription, but its ease-of-use makes it a compelling prospect for users who are comfortable using Microsoft's Office suite and require more document editing functionality than Google Docs or Microsoft's own Office Web Apps provide. The new Home Premium product allows a family to install Office 2013 on up to five PCs and get an additional 20GB of online SkyDrive storage to share documents online. A new Start experience offers a similar look and feel to previous versions of Office, but appears to be simplified in offering previous documents and templates. Windows 7 shipped with some similar touch improvements, but overall it wasn't easy to use as the targets were designed for mouse and keyboard use. Both views let you scroll horizontally to read a Word document on a Windows 8 tablet, and there’s a pinch-to-zoom implementation for text. For easy document reading, the new expand and collapse option lets users collapse paragraphs in read mode with a tap or click. During my use I didn't find that it was perfect every time but on the formatting side it certainly helped to keep a document consistent.
Microsoft is also enabling Apps for Excel integration, codenamed Agaves, that allow developers to create custom add-ons that mash together data from Excel sheets with web data. An Auto-extend feature makes sure that any additional screens are detected and that the Presenter View is projected onto the correct screen automatically.
Outlook has previously supported POP and IMAP accounts, but while this support is sufficient for mail — calendars and contacts would not auto sync. I would prefer to see this type of integration within calendar appointments to see the weather at destinations. OneNote for Windows 8 also features one-tap search and sharing features and finger-friendly zoom options. Microsoft has also improved its table support in OneNote 2013, allowing users to convert them into embedded Excel spreadsheets.
With Office 2013, documents and settings can be stored in the cloud and the apps streamed to Windows 7 and 8 desktops — a powerful move away from the traditional versions of Office that supported some of this functionality, but in a way that puts the experience first, and pushing the complicated technology behind it into the background. Reading and Touch Mode work well if you just want to look over documents on a tablet device, but editing is a mixed affair — especially when, like other tablet devices, the onscreen keyboard takes up 50 percent of the screen space. Meanwhile, the world awaits a rumored Office for iPad release and any future hints at Metro style Office apps.
And Google+ remains a worthy free choice, even if Google’s plans for photos are very much up in the air. And yet I can’t fault them — every time I start explaining an "easy" way to back up their photos and free up some space again, I realize it still isn’t easy enough.
Most importantly, they allow me to stop using my phone’s camera roll as a default back-up solution, letting me delete photos as needed to free up space. You can also tweak the settings to store lower-resolution copies of your photos on your phone to free up storage — something that would help a lot of people. With strong competition from Google Apps and Apple’s iCloud storage and iPad hardware, how does Microsoft plan to keep Office 2013 desktop software and its cloud offerings relevant in a multi device era?
This is a big step from previous versions of Office that included cloud-based storage options, but never really tied them together into one neat package.
Despite this, you can still opt to simply buy a standalone version of the Office 2013 desktop software and utilize SkyDrive as an online storage hub for documents. Home Premium includes access to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher through an Internet-connected Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Microsoft has added an account sign in option on the right-hand side of its Office 2013 apps, providing access to some third-party linked account data, such as Flickr or LinkedIn, and the option to store documents in the SkyDrive cloud. Office 2013 feels identical to this, it's often difficult to tap ribbon items or items in documents, it feels clunky and not something I'd recommend.
An Object Zoom feature also lets you zoom in and create tables, charts, and images in documents whilst filling the screen. Word 2013 has also added a bunch of collaborative features, including the ability to present a document online. The web extensions are available in other apps, but the primary use is clearly intended for Excel power users and organizations. Resume Reading is also supported in PowerPoint 2013 when signed into SkyDrive, and Present Online is included. The introduction of Exchange ActiveSync support means you can now benefit from having Contacts, Mail, and Calendar appointments synced in Outlook without the need for a full Exchange server — taking advantage of many popular email services. Microsoft is entering an age of Metro in 2013, but its Office division is still lagging behind on its touch story and any innovation it could bring to truly improve the touch experience for productivity apps like Office. The downside to Apple’s photo solution, as with Amazon’s, is how cloistered it feels: there’s no easy way to import your photos from social networks. You won't get the streaming Office 2013 apps, but you'll benefit from the cloud and avoid having to pay a subscription fee.
Documents and settings, and even the actual apps will roam across whatever PC you choose to use Office 365 with.
Similar to Windows 8, Microsoft is also allowing Office 2013 users to customize the background of its Office toolbar with various style options.
The presenting feature lets users, who don’t have to have Word installed, view a document as if it was a presentation where the presenter can scroll through the document and a viewer can follow. Like Word 2013, Excel 2013 will also support a Present Online feature to share workbooks over the web in real time. I wasn’t able to get this working with my personal Gmail account, but other Gmail accounts worked and Hotmail worked fine. Other editions, like ProPlus and above, include additional user accounts and access to apps like InfoPath and Lync — designed for businesses.
Two new features, only available in Office Professional Plus and above, include Quick Explore — a way to perform cross-tab analysis of large datasets — and Power View — a way to compile data, charts, and graphs into a single view.
Microsoft says the feature is a little buggy in the initial code, which could explain my inability to setup my personal account.
It’s fair to question whether photo storage even makes sense as a dedicated service in 2015.




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