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dtownral
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"When I go to onedrive.live.com it takes me to my regular Office365 dashboard, but how do I access it from there?"

that's weird, mine takes me to my OneDrive page

do you see a little menu in the top left corner to click and switch between OneDrive-Outlook-People-Office?

If you have Windows 8 you can just use OneDrive by saving stuff to your OneDrive folder, you can even set it as the default location for saving files. without even using the website you can decide and chose what you want to be accessible locally, other files will show you the thumbnail and information like other files but when you click on them will quickly download before you use them. I use it a lot to save space on my computer, IMO it's easier than DropBox or any other service to decide what I want saved and what I want archived online.

10/29/2014 8:59:10 AM

TreeTwista10
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this is what i have...maybe it's not included (yet) with my product?



[Edited on October 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM. Reason : .]

10/29/2014 11:32:08 AM

dtownral
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strange, i don't get directed there with either my personal or work account.

what kind of 365 account do you have?

10/29/2014 11:42:37 AM

TreeTwista10
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not sure, one of the most basic ones that doesn't come with Office365. It's like $6.99 or $7.99 a month.

10/29/2014 11:45:26 AM

dtownral
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will skydrive.live.com redirect you to the same page?

10/29/2014 11:51:40 AM

TreeTwista10
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skydrive.live.com redirects to onedrive.live.com before I even get the chance to login

Not a huge deal for me, I have Dropbox and multiple GMail accounts with Google Drive. I might look into it further in the future though.

10/29/2014 11:57:22 AM

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I have signed up for the $9.99 Office 365 Home for right now, but apparently if you do the free trial for the first month, you do not get the 1TB/Unlimited OneDrive. Boo. I really would like to start getting my 1.7 TB photo library onto a 4th backup point.

10/29/2014 2:15:58 PM

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Microsoft Band seems legit

10/30/2014 12:12:38 PM

afripino
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Looks like the Band managed to get people in the store.

10/30/2014 10:59:21 PM

Noen
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"not sure, one of the most basic ones that doesn't come with Office365. It's like $6.99 or $7.99 a month."


I'm guessing based on your screenshot that you're using O365 for business, not a personal account. Because that screenshot is only part of the O365 Business admin. You get a totally different management experience for personal accounts.

If so, you've got to enable all the features you want for your user identity. And since you're on a business account, you've got to setup a sharepoint site and create a document library that you can then sync with OneDrivePro. OneDrive is only for single-user (Personal) O365 accounts. It doesn't work for multi-user (business) accounts.

Hope that helps. O365 for home and for business are two completely different beasts.

11/1/2014 5:21:02 AM

Nighthawk
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^Any idea on how long to rollout for unlimited? Also I went on and got a subscription to Office 365 Home, but do you think it will be a pain in the ass to switch to a free account when that gets rolled out to university staff in a few months?

11/1/2014 11:05:32 AM

Noen
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^There isn't really a "free" account. And I'm not sure how the University plans work, whether they will act like personal account or you will be rolled into a university organizational (business) account.

If it's the latter, chances are you won't be getting unlimited OneDrive.

I just saw the unlimited bit today and checked my OneDrive storage cap.... apparently I now have 10.6TB of storage LOL. So I guess it's already rolling out (I didn't even opt in).

11/1/2014 9:12:26 PM

TreeTwista10
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^^^thanks

11/2/2014 1:38:17 PM

Nighthawk
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^^Actually yes, it sort of is.

http://slickdeals.net/f/7217080-office-365-for-students-and-teachers-free-select-edu-emails

If you are an employee of a university that has Office 365, then you can use Office 365 at home for free.

As for unlimited, here is the info:

https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/

So according to Chris Jones, University accounts will get unlimited data. And if I am a university employee at a participating university, I can use my .edu account for Office 365 Home at no cost and get the unlimited Onedrive storage.

11/5/2014 9:13:29 AM

Nighthawk
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Been uploading today. Account just got bumped to 10.2 TB. FTW.

[Edited on November 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM. Reason : ]

11/5/2014 3:22:33 PM

afripino
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got dat band y'all! it's legit.

11/5/2014 5:13:36 PM

dtownral
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CNN uses their surfaces as stands for their iPads

11/5/2014 6:11:55 PM

Noen
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^^^Woot, that's awesome. So glad to see when we DONT fuck things up (which seems to be getting more and more common - getting things right that is).

^Lots of people internally laughing about that, although I'm sure there's some marketing and PR guys who are furious.

11/5/2014 9:27:55 PM

Nighthawk
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Office for mobile devices is now free for anybody, not just 365 users.

http://blogs.office.com/2014/11/06/bringing-office-everyone/

11/7/2014 8:09:22 AM

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Interesting: an MS guy comments on why MS Office has not created any new, interesting technology for well over a decade.

http://np.reddit.com/r/windowsphone/comments/2re2gr/how_can_independentunknown_developers_make_better/cnf6ed0

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"15 year MS veteran, here.

The problems here are mostly structural, in the sense that the problems come from the structure of teams, rather than the quality of individual people. Most of the developers at MS are actually quite good; many are top-notch. So why is so much of the product shit? It's because the goals are not set by the engineers. The final decisions are not made by engineers.

For a long, long time, the "standard" arrangement in MS has been the "triad": Development, Test, and PM (Program Management). The thinking is that people in these three roles should focus on their strengths, and by their strengths combined, should make a great product.

But here's the thing. It never, ever works that way. Historically, Windows NT was actually run by Dev. Office is (and always has been) run by PM. This is why you see some real technological advances in Windows, such hibernation, super-fast boot times, BitLocker, Hyper-V, ... (I could go on for a very long time on the good engineering done in Windows), but at the same time Windows has no real specific focus. Windows is a platform, so maybe that's OK -- a great deal of the value of Windows is the huge app ecosystem.

But if you look at Office, it's a feature mill. Office hasn't created any new, interesting technology for well over a decade. Every release adds more eye candy, uses more memory, and is slower. That's because Office is not run by engineers, it's run by PMs. Office has never, ever figured out how to integrate with the web. They've tried, over and over, but every technology that they have tried has been chosen and pushed by PMs, not by engineers or anyone else who understands how people actually want to use Office these days. So, seriously, you could put the absolute best engineers in the world in Office, and you would still get more of the same -- more UI "features", more bloat, more useless stuff.

For a long time this arrangement "worked", in the sense that people kept buying Office. But now, the world has shifted to the web, and Office really is not relevant in the web. It's relevant in IT, mainly because apps like Excel are still pretty solid at what they do. The core spreadsheet engine in Excel is a masterpiece of engineering, but Excel mostly hasn't changed in the last 10 years. The Ribbon was just a UI change. Nearly everything else has been a UI change, not any kind of advance in the core technology. Office is still file-based, not web-based.

There have been numerous internal projects which attempted to branch out in new directions. I'll never forget seeing a demo of "NetDocs", more than 10 years ago, at a company meeting. Think Google Docs, long before Google was even a household word. An internal group had basically that working, but it was quickly killed. People here joke that the worst thing you can do is to demo a technology at a company-wide meeting, because it guarantees that someone else will get your project killed. It's not really a joke, it's just a grim reality.

Things reached their absolute worst under Sinofsky. That man nearly wrecked Windows forever. He wanted to be the next Steve Jobs, so he was an absolute tyrant, who ignored everyone's criticism (everyone said Win8 was going to be disliked, but he ignored them). (Ignoring criticism is fine when you're right, but Sinofsky was wrong!) Thankfully, Sinofsky's reputation tanked when Win8 tanked. That man was so caustic that he prevented internal engineering groups from even talking to each other. For almost a year, the Windows Server team had trouble getting access to the Windows source code, because Sinofsky was so obsessed with secrecy for Win8. I'm not exaggerating, I was there, I saw this mess.

Now that Sinofsky is gone, things have improved dramatically, but the culture is still nowhere near as healthy as it was during the Windows NT / 2000 / XP days. Satya Nadella is definitely setting a good tone, even though his direction is mostly the same as Ballmer's was. People see Nadella as an engineer first, which is a very good thing."


[Edited on January 5, 2015 at 5:03 PM. Reason : ,]

1/5/2015 5:03:01 PM

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/business/how-and-why-apple-overtook-microsoft.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=fb-nytimes&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&smtyp=aut&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&_r=0

1/31/2015 8:17:50 PM

Netstorm
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Microsoft has been doing awesome things lately.

2/3/2015 11:01:54 AM

dtownral
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I don't know when exactly it happened, but Windows 8 runs pretty well now on the atom powered tablets our service guys use. I'm excited for Windows 10 but hope that it doesn't slow down low-power devices.

2/3/2015 11:07:57 AM

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windows 10 is going to run on the raspberry pi 2, so I wouldn't be too worried that it wouldn't run fine on a tablet

2/3/2015 7:45:03 PM

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maybe i'm in the minority here, but i only use IE when i have to...while everything since 10 has been less shitty, i really can't think of anything that IE does better than chrome or firefox (except memory management, of course, but with 16GB of memory, i've never noticed)

i'm looking forward to trident's long-awaited death and looking forward to the spartan fork: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8932/internet-explorer-project-spartan-shows-large-performance-gains

3/18/2015 7:38:30 AM

afripino
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the announcements today point to "not in decline"

-free windows 10 upgrade for everyone (even pirated copies of windows)
-windows 10 ROM on Xiaomi android phone
-windows hello (imagine this with mobile payments...)
-windows 10 global release to 190 countries in 111 languages this summer

3/18/2015 5:17:26 PM

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Finally!!

The phone OS I've been waiting for and didn't even know it!

MS-DOS Mobile



http://www.neowin.net/news/microsofts-new-operating-system-reinvents-ms-dos-for-mobile

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"MS-DOS Mobile preview is designed to run on Lumia smartphones and combines the touchscreen functions of Microsoft's current mobile range with the iconic simplicity of the DOS platform. As part of the preview, the Redmond-based company has ported several iconic DOS features, including:

COLOR: change the DOS appearance with customisable background and foreground colours
CLS: Clears Screen
DATE: Displays current date
ECHO: Displays a customisable message on the screen
TIME: Displays current time
TYPE: Prints out the contents of a file (limited in size as cannot open large files)
VER: Displays current DOS version
MS-DOS Mobile has also built in several phone-specific commands including:

CAMERA.EXE: Opens the camera app
INTERNET / IE [url]: launches web browser. URL can be set as a parameter
EMAIL [address]: launches email client for you to type and send your message
MAP [latitude] [longitude] / [search terms]: launches map app with location or search results
MARKET: launches app marketplace
PHONE [number]/SELECT: launches phone with number. Use SELECT to open card in contacts
SEARCH/CORTANA [search terms]: Launches search/Cortana for the search terms
That's not all as there are some little gems (or easter eggs) that Microsoft has thought to bundle including:

ASCII/CGA camera: launches a camera with CGA and ASCII modes
WIN: Launches Windows 3.1
Rock Paper Scissors: Microsoft's DOS version of this game can be launched by navigating to C:\GAMES\RPS\RPS.EXE. If you score more than 20 wins, have more wins than the AI and select the secret combination, a secret mode is unlocked in the game!"


Video:

https://youtu.be/irJQDGw8Ptk

Download it here:

http://lumia.ms/msdosmobile



Uh, small problem. I don't have a Windows Phone.

Ah well.

[Edited on April 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM. Reason : .]

4/1/2015 2:14:15 PM

TreeTwista10
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Pretty cool

4/1/2015 5:10:36 PM

Noen
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Also, Surface 3 announced: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-3

Windows 10, 10" screen, 1080p resolution, 10hr battery for $499.

Full windows, 64/128gb SSD + MicroSD slot, USB3, standard MicroUSB charger, same pressure sensitive pen input as the Surface Pro 3, and 2/4gb of ram based on the storage option.

There'll also be a 4G LTE model.

So same price as an iPad, but a full windows 2-in-1 with every bell and whistle.

4/1/2015 7:47:45 PM

afripino
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^coming out with 8.1, free upgrade to 10

4/2/2015 9:57:43 AM

Fry
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MS making a few waves with a new cross platform code editor and replacing IE with Edge... this ain't yo daddy's MS yall

4/29/2015 11:35:45 PM

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http://blog.arduino.cc/2015/04/30/microsoft-and-arduino-new-partnership/

YESS!!! !

4/30/2015 11:38:30 AM

jaZon
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^ Can't read that at the moment, but it *sounds* amazing

6/4/2015 1:39:16 PM

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http://gizmodo.com/how-android-is-becoming-the-new-windows-1708608151

6/4/2015 6:20:19 PM

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are we do for another Noen expresses faith in the company line?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-21/microsoft-posts-largest-ever-net-loss-after-nokia-writedown

I think we are due one

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"As an employee I am more excited about the direction of the company today than at any point in the 3 years I've been here.

2/6/2011 2:50:44 PM

I will say that even with the bureaucracy, over the past two years or so I have been seeing large swaths of the company changing dramatically and for the better. Gives me faith that even if the man at the top doesn't have a clue, there are lots of very senior people that do.

7/11/2012 7:08:49 PM

After the 2nd or 3rd time I heard him speak, I was sold on his leadership in C+E. For him to now be CEO just makes me that much more confident that Microsoft is firmly on the right future track.

2/6/2014 6:11:31 AM"

8/11/2015 10:30:43 PM

Noen
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^ The last stupid big purchase during Ballmer's twilight years is now out. Ballmer threw away 12 billion dollars between Nokia and aQuantive. I haven't had a Windows Phone since the Lumia Icon (went back to an iPhone 6+ which I love).

But considering Microsoft makes the best email client for iOS, and every single MS App I use has great iOS and Android support (Office, OneDrive, Lync, Skype OneNote) yeah I'm still pretty damn happy with the direction of the company.

And apparently Wall Street is too, being that the writedown has had zero impact on the stockprice or outlook.

8/12/2015 12:06:07 AM

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I remember when Apple did it, they were beleaguered

8/16/2015 9:41:01 PM

dtownral
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pretty cool stuff so far today

10/6/2015 10:54:29 AM

dtownral
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the new pen for the Pro 4 looks awesome

10/6/2015 11:14:13 AM

dtownral
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Surface Book

sold, take my money

10/6/2015 11:26:03 AM

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love the idea of the book - really wish apple would hop on board instead of worrying about selling a laptop and a tablet

the ipad pro following the 1st gen surface means lots of catch up to go

10/6/2015 12:13:11 PM

dtownral
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the microsoft band still looks dumb, and i'm not convinced hololens will ever be used for gaming even though they keep showing it (i think it will be more useful for engineering/design/academia), the productivity of the new Windows 10 phones is awesome but I can't justify switching to that ecosystem until app developers show interest in universal apps

but the Surface 4 and Surface Book are awesome.



[Edited on October 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM. Reason : Now I wish that I needed a new computer, I want that damn Surface Book badly]

10/6/2015 12:23:06 PM

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http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/06/microsofts-surface-book-is-its-first-and-ultimate-laptop/

Yeah I really want one. Best parts of a Surface with a discrete video card and more in a laptop form factor. If they can truly pull off the 12 hours of battery life then that would be awesome.

10/6/2015 5:16:54 PM

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so it fits in the surface dock ... which I assume means it loses the benefits of the discrete vid card.... that seems like it'd suck a bit?

10/7/2015 11:08:02 AM

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Yes - although the Surface dock isn't anything special. You can plug a USB 3.0 dock into the Surface Book with one usb cable and get dual display, audio, network, more usbs, etc and keep the keyboard dock (and the GPU). Microsoft should release a USB 3.0 dock like Dell or various other 3rd party vendors have.

10/7/2015 11:32:40 AM

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^^ I don't understand this comment. the Surface Book is a laptop with a removable screen that works by itself without the GPU. If you want GPU graphics in tablet form you can still do that by turning over the screen and closing the laptop, you'll just have the extra weight of the rest of the body vs. using it with screen alone

10/7/2015 11:37:30 AM

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I think the comment said that if the screen fits in the surface dock then someone might want to use it on the go as a tablet then toss it in the dock for a desktop replacement. Doing this however would limit the functionality of the Surface Book as it wouldn't have the GPU in the keyboard. My solution was just to use a standard USB 3.0 dock as the only benefit to the Surface Dock is it acts as a stand as well. AS a dock it's actually quite limited as it only has one display out. If you want to run dual monitors out of a device you'd have to run one displayport out on the dock and one displayport out from the laptop (if the port is even accessible in the dock). Most non-Microsoft USB 3.0 docks have dual display out.

--Looks like the displayport on the Surface Pro 3 is at least accessible when it's docked so you can run two monitors if you want:

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"With a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface Pro 3 and the Mini DisplayPort on your docking station are both available for use while your Surface is in the docking station."


Although it seems silly they didn't include two display outs in a dock as many people run two screens.

[Edited on October 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM. Reason : s]

10/7/2015 11:53:30 AM

dtownral
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The dock has 2 mini-display ports

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"Doing this however would limit the functionality of the Surface Book as it wouldn't have the GPU in the keyboard"

well that's a retardly silly complaint

[Edited on October 7, 2015 at 12:01 PM. Reason : .]

10/7/2015 12:00:59 PM

neodata686
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I spoke too soon Microsoft did release a Surface Dock with two display ports:

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/accessories/surface-dock

^Yeah I realized that after I made my comment. I didn't see the new Surface Dock. I thought the comment was about the old Surface Dock not the new one.

--Also on that note why would it lose the benefit of the GPU when it's plugged into the new Surface Dock? Why not just plug it in with the keyboard attached to it?

[Edited on October 7, 2015 at 12:10 PM. Reason : s]

10/7/2015 12:05:04 PM

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lol onedrive

11/3/2015 8:52:42 AM

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