Microsoft is offering cloud services that deliver access to your information across devices and platforms. Hotmail provides sync of mail, calendar and contacts across devices, and SkyDrive gives you access to up to 25GB of documents, photos, and videos from anywhere in the world through the web.
And of course these services are available today for free across your Windows PC, phone, and web.
If you're curious about the future of SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud-based storage service, on Windows Phone, Mike Torres on Windows Live blot details some of the sweet SkyDrive-related changes in store for "Mango," arriving this fall. In Mango, for example, you'll be able to:
- Share photos stored on SkyDrive via email, text, or IM
You can show them off to friends on your phone in the Pictures hub, and now you can share SkyDrive photos with anyone over email, text, or Messenger/Facebook.
- Share your video on SkyDrive
Once you're finished shooting your video, you can caption it and share immediately on SkyDrive, and upload will happen in the background while you move on to other things.
- Browse your documents stored on SkyDrive
WP lets you view folders and files directly on your phone, so when you group things on SkyDrive, you know they'll be available with the same folder structure on your phone.
- See what's been shared with you
This pivot view will show you the complete list of documents shared with you, letting you open and edit in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Search your SkyDrive documents
In the Office hub, you can easily search across your SkyDrive for the document you need without having to wade through your folders and other files.
Hotmail -- your mail, calendar, and contacts anywhere
With Hotmail, you can sync your mail, calendar, and contacts from Hotmail right to your WP, Android phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPad -- as well as to Outlook and Live Mail. And with ever growing storage, you can keep all of your mail, calendar, and contacts in the cloud, so when you buy a new phone or PC, all you've to do is type your account name and password to get set up.
SkyDrive photos and videos -- snap, sync, and share
When you take a picture on your phone, you can upload that photo to SkyDrive in one click or even have the phone automatically upload photos to SkyDrive as they're taken -- so you can access all your photos from the web. And your SkyDrive albums appear in the Pictures hub, automatically synced to your phone with built-in commenting, so your photos are immediately available on WP without having to configure a thing. And with 25GB of storage, you have plenty of space for your important memories.
WP users are already uploading 10 times as many photos per month (about 120 photos per month) to SkyDrive as typical users.
SkyDrive and Office -- on the web, on the phone, on your PC or Mac
Today, more than 250 million documents are shared through SkyDrive, making it one of the most popular ways to upload, view, edit or share documents on the web. You can save your Office documents right to SkyDrive from Office 2010 on your PC and Office for Mac 2011, or you can upload documents from your web browser. Once documents are uploaded, SkyDrive works seamlessly with the Office Web Apps for accessing, editing and sharing docs in your browser or in the desktop client. And, OneNote works seamlessly across your PC, phone (OneNote Mobile for WP and OneNote Mobile for iPhone) and web browser (the OneNote Web App).
Watch the videos embedded below for a quick preview of what's to come:
[Source: Inside Windows Live blog]