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]

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