When Gmail first came out, I remember how it boasted that “you will never have to delete your email again.” I followed this to the letter and after thousands of press releases, forum notifications and other what-nots later, Google is now warning me that am running out of space and may have to buy additional storage. Gaah! it’s letting me down.
I used to have a Hotmail account, and now I’ve opened a new one because of the exciting things that’s happening with this service. Guess what? it’s giving me (and you!) virtually unlimited storage. Another thing: I don’t have to have multiple windows open because I can receive messages from Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and others right within my Hotmail inbox. Isn’t that cool?
The coolest thing with the new Hotmail, however, is the Office Web Apps shortcut which you can access right in your dashboard. Hotmail makes the experience of creating documents on Word, Excel and PowerPoint free online so that you don’t need to stress out when you left your flash drive and your Powerpoint presentation in your home computer. Everything can be accessed with one click in your Windows Live hotmail dashboard.
How is that again? Yes, this is something you can do even without Microsoft Office installed on your computer.
And it doesn’t matter whether your puter is a PC or a Mac, you can continue to access your documents or photos and share them to your friends across your vast social network, for as long as you have internet connection. Just email them the URL and you’re ready to go.
Office Web Apps also work on mobile devices like the iPhone and the newly launched Windows Phone 7. On Windows Phone, the experience is really seamless. Documents that you created in the cloud can be access and edited on the phone!
With Web Apps, you don’t even need to lug around a flash disk or external hard drive because of the built-in Windows Live SkyDrive. It acts as a free online storage with password and security features so that you can customize access to persons you’d like to see your photos, documents and other files.
Right now, I am most curious to experiment with the blogging-related features of Office Web Apps. Apparently, I can also embed PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets on the blog.
Will tell you more about the rockin’ Web Apps features as we go along.
In the meantime, email me at annalyn.net(at)hotmail.com 😀