Windows 8 will be released in October, but Microsoft is updating its web apps in preparation for the new OS. It recently released Outlook.com, a major overhaul of Hotmail that is so good I’m considering switching from Gmail. Now, it has upgraded SkyDrive, it’s anemic cloud storage service. The update is not just cosmetic, but it won’t have you uninstalling Dropbox anytime soon.

One neat feature I noticed: You can use Open Document Format as your default for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

The Office Web Apps get the new look, too, but it is just cosmetic. Still no custom styles, which means you can’t really use the web apps for creating documents, unless you plan to edit them later and apply a non-goofy style set. [via Lifehacker]

2 responses to “SkyDrive, Office Web Apps Updated”

  1. Josh Camson says:

    When I first tried to sign up for Outlook I couldn’t get past the CAPTCHA. Got in today though on the second try.

    It looks like the big downside to Outlook is that there is no “Archive” button. Just a delete. Unless I’m missing something?

    • Sam Glover says:

      Google’s All Mail is sort of like a folder. In any other email service, I just create an Archive folder and move stuff there when I am done with it. The big difference between Gmail and everything else is that, in Gmail, a message can have more than one label (like Inbox, Waiting, and Save), and is always in All Mail, too, unless you mark it spam or delete it. In most email software, a message can only be in one place at a time, so you can have it in your inbox or your Archive folder, but not both.

      In practice, I don’t think it makes much difference. I like Gmail’s approach, but it isn’t a dealbreaker for me.

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