Thursday, 30 March 2017

OneDrive Time Capsule Captures 15 years of Coachella History

As fans clutch their Windows Phones, iPhones, and Android devices, hoping to capture unforgettable moments with their friends and favorite artists through photos, OneDrive is the perfect solution for storing and sharing all of your memories.

Coachella Crowd

In a lot of ways, Coachella was really the birthplace of the modern music festival in the U.S. The festival started in 1999, and has changed dramatically and grown over time. Starting as a small indie music festival, it has now turned into a major concert event of the year, bringing in some of the most relevant artists across rock, electronic, hip hop, and indie music.

In the beginning, storing all your memories online was just a pipe dream and many of these photos and moments were forgotten. If you’ve been to a concert in recent history, the sight of fans snapping photos of everything in sight should be familiar. Fans are now more than ever, documenting their experiences through these photos and sharing some on their social channels across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — but where do all of the other photos go? What happens to the hundreds of photos, cherished memories, that aren’t published there? They sit in the camera roll on your phone and all of those memories slowly fade away into obscurity.

These are great memories that deserve to be preserved, to be shared and to be remembered. OneDrive makes this easy, no matter what device you’re using. If you’re making the pilgrimage to Coachella this year or to any other festival or concert, grab the OneDrive app for your device so that all your photos will be backed up and easily sharable with your closest friends, capturing those moments and ensuring your never lose the memories of your experiences.

Coachella Artists
Pictured above (left to right): Björk, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters play Coachella.

This year, we will also be adding to the Time Capsule every day, with photos from all around the festival, for those who want to follow along at home or re-experience it later, expanding the collection for years to come. Go to to check out the ever-expanding collection.

Time Capsule

And for those of you going to Coachella, OneDrive will also be on the ground having some fun with an interactive experience which will include a light graffiti photo booth, interactive photo experience, which showcases some of those amazing historical photos we mentioned from the past 15 years, and lots of chances to show off your own photo skills to win prizes, VIP wristband upgrades and more. Stop by and see us at the festival and follow along on OneDrive’s Twitter and Instagram for updates! customers can now import their email from Yahoo Mail

A recent study* by Radius Global revealed that 81% of all email users are using multiple email services. Keeping up with numerous accounts can be time-consuming, but moving to a single email service is not as easy as it sounds. It’s often hard to give up your older email account, because that’s the one your friends and family know, and it’s the one you use to sign in to so many different services.
To help you, the import wizard in allows you to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place:

Importing your email from Yahoo Mail

Importing your Yahoo Mail into is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from It’s also possible to connect your Yahoo account to your Microsoft account, so your Yahoo contacts appear in

Importing your email from other email providers

We’ve also added the ability to import from many other popular IMAP-enabled email providers. To get started, navigate to Options, click Import email accounts, then select Other email provider. Most popular IMAP-enabled email providers are supported.
In both cases, the import happens in the background, so you can continue using or even sign out while it’s happening. Once the import is complete, we’ll send you an email to let you know. Import time will vary depending on how many emails there are to import.

Office for iPad: A conversation starter

Hello from the Office for iPad® engineering team! In the first week since launch we’ve seen over 12 million app downloads and heard a lot of valuable feedback. We’re already incorporating that feedback into future updates, and starting today we’d like to invite all of you into a deeper ongoing conversation about the product. To kick things into high gear, tomorrow 4/8 at 9 a.m. PDT we’re hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA)  session on Reddit. In your comments on this blog and on Reddit you can ask us anything, of course, but I’ve got a few suggestions. Let’s talk about…

Engineering for the cloud

Office for iPad is part of the Microsoft vision for a cloud for everyone, on every device, and an integral part of the Office 365 service. From the very beginning, we realized that engineering for the cloud was essential (“Pri 0” in Microsoft-speak). Every architectural choice, every design, and every feature priority was made with cloud connections, sharing, and co-authoring in mind. For example, you can click the share icon in the top right of any Office for iPad app and instantly invite a co-worker to review or edit the document, including co-authoring in Word and PowerPoint.
To get that to work, we tuned the full “Cobalt” file I/O and co-authoring stack, the same one originally designed for Office for Windows, so that it works great with the particular network and memory characteristics of iOS and iPad.
The way you buy the Office 365 service is inseparable from the service experience itself. We’ve heard a lot of feedback in the app store about unlocking full Office for iPad functionality solely through an Office 365 subscription, and we’ve especially heard feedback about the subscription we offer in the apps. We’re working on responding to that feedback by making it easier to buy Office 365 and by making it more clear what you’re buying. To be clear right now: for $99 per year (in the U.S.), Office 365 Home gets you Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad) and extra OneDrive storage. Here’s a pro tip: you don’t have to buy your subscription from within the apps. For the full range of options, including a 30 day trial, the best place to start is

Optimizing for iPad

In order to earn your time and trust, Office for iPad needs to be a great iPad app, and so we invested a lot of time optimizing these apps for iOS 7 and iPad. Your files auto-save, just like you’d expect on iPad. The Office Ribbon is the Office signature user interface element, and it’s been re-engineered for touch, including pixel-perfect retina display, optimized graphics, and animations that convey meaning.
We made some bold moves in performance-tuning Office applications for iPad. We changed how Excel draws the contents of spreadsheets, because the old way wasn’t fast enough. We modified Word to render documents on a background thread, because the tried-and-true way didn’t allow the kind of scrolling performance iPad users expect. And there’s my favorite demo: insert a picture in any of the apps, grab the rotation handle, and enjoy the way the OfficeArt graphics engine was re-engineered to take full advantage of hardware acceleration in iOS.  The monitor in the hallway outside my office has each day’s performance measurements on it. We’re still looking at performance every day, and we already have some ideas about how Office on your iPad can get even faster.

Being unmistakably Office

Over a billion people around the world use Office, and until last week none of them outside a small handful of Microsoft employees had used Office for iPad. To get this product right, we needed to make sure that everyone could pick up an iPad and instantly say, “Of course that’s Office.” Fortunately for our small team focused on Office for iPad, we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. We could not have succeeded without the help of dozens of other teams and thousands of engineers across Microsoft.
Our first job was making sure your Office files show up exactly as you’d expect on an Office app—no compromises. That work alone separates our apps from the competition. But we didn’t stop at file fidelity. I already mentioned the Ribbon, the “Cobalt” file I/O code, and the OfficeArt graphics engine. Each of those, and many more examples, represents Office technology and design thinking that set the standard for the productivity experience. This is the real Office. And Office for iPad is not a “port”: it’s a new engineering approach that gets us ready for the mobile-plus-cloud future.

Building for people on the go

Office for iPad—what should that do? When we started the project this was a completely unanswered question. We had years of collective experience on the desktop Office for Windows and Mac. Should we just replicate that? No. It wouldn’t fit the device. An iPad is not a PC. The technical characteristics are different, people (including us) started using these devices in new ways, and we quickly realized we had to rethink how people would use Office on this new type of device.
Now that we’ve launched, we no longer have to guess at how people are using Office on iPad. We have data! When you first launch any of the Office apps, please choose Send in the screen that asks “Would you like to send us information to help improve this product?” So far over two-thirds of Word documents have been opened in landscape mode. About half of your Excel workbooks have more than one sheet (be sure to check out the cool animation if you add another sheet). The laser pointer is by far the most popular slideshow tool, and the leading category in the Recent tab in the documents library is (not surprisingly) Today. We’re also tracking the top crashing bugs, the speed of cloud file upload by country, and many other items that will help us tune the product to work best for what you actually do today and for what you want to do next.
In the app store we’ve heard some great feedback already. Many of you are missing printing, Pivot Tables, and movie playback, to name a few. And we’d like to know more—what else would you love to do with Office for iPad?

One more thing…and then another, and another…

For me last week’s launch was the culmination of a long journey that started over 17 years ago when I joined the Office for Mac team (known as MacBU back then). As Steve Jobs famously said, “Real artists ship.” I’m so proud of this team and the product we’ve shipped. I’m lucky to have been able to say that before. In fact I’ve blogged about Office for Mac with the same sentiment.
But this release is not business as usual: Office for iPad is unlike any release in my career and unlike any Office release to date. The difference is that we’re just getting started. Being part of a cloud service drives us to continuous engineering, where updates and improvements just keep coming. We plan to ship again before you know it—in weeks, not years. We’ll be back here blogging about it when we do, listening to your feedback, putting in some more artistry, and then shipping again, and again, and again.

Making literature come alive with Office 365

While teaching is my second career—I like to call myself a recovering lawyer—it’s always been my first love. Even back in law school, I taught a few courses. I entered the legal profession to help my clients, but after five years, I realized that it was my teachers who had really made a difference in my life, so I switched professions. I love to help kids become better writers and show them that literature is meaningful, that the classics are valuable to read. I’ve been teaching at St. Paul’s for 14 years and for most of that time Microsoft technology has helped me make literature come alive for my students. Today, I’m using Microsoft Office 365 Education.
I remember the first time I realized that I could use technology to improve learning outcomes. I was teaching poetry to ninth graders and my students weren’t performing as well as expected on the test. So I grouped the students in pairs and challenged them to make a poem come to life by turning it into a movie using Windows Movie Maker. To complete the project successfully, the students had to examine the poem closely to find literary devices, rhyme scheme, rhythm, and scansion. Suddenly, the kids were scoring 10 points higher on the test. It was a revelation: the power of good lesson design combined with technology creates a learning environment that allows students to think deeply and apply their knowledge in new ways, using new tools.
In the next few months, our goal is to introduce Microsoft SharePoint Online in Office 365 to our third and fourth graders. They’ll be reading a book and blogging about it. They’ll be learning how to write respective, insightful comments on their classmates’ blogs. It’s about taking technology and learning a real-life skill—understanding and reflecting on others’ perspectives—that’s going to improve our students’ learning outcomes.
There are a lot of options for technology in the classroom, but for me, Office 365 is the most amazing service around. I don’t have textbooks or papers in my class. I use a pen and a touch-enabled tablet running Windows 8 that I hook up to a projector. I use Lync Online in Office 365 to record my lectures and create exam review videos. Now students who miss school because they are sick, or playing in the state football championships, can access the videos and review the material again and again. No one ever needs to fall behind.
I create OneNote notebooks to share with my students where I file all the resources and notes we need for each unit. We designate a tab to organize collaborative projects. My tenth graders used OneNote as the basis for a project on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. After the kids read the book, I asked them to think about the implications of the count’s actions in today’s world. Essentially, we put the count on trial. I set up a OneNote notebook and created Evidence, Prosecution, and Defense subsections for the kids to upload their legal arguments and opening and closing statements. By using a computing device and great collaborative technology, the students can access and share their work anytime. It’s helping them to think more deeply and apply what they learn to their everyday lives.
The tenth graders also collaborated on a research paper and a media campaign to raise awareness about cleaning up Dog River, which runs through our city. They wanted to create a Facebook page to publicize their campaign, but Facebook is blocked at school. To work around this, the students realized that they could work on the Facebook posts at school and upload them to their OneNote notebooks. Because you can access OneNote from anywhere you have an Internet connection, it was easy for one of the students to copy and paste the content to Facebook from home.
What impresses me the most about Office 365 and its online storage capabilities is the support for the collaborative nature of learning outside of the classroom. The kids use OneDrive for Business and Office Web Apps on their phones. They can be on the bus to the school football game and if they get an idea about their essay, they can edit their draft directly from their phones. It’s no longer about doing English class between 7:45 and 8:45. I don’t ever want to hear, “Mrs. Etheredge that’s a great idea, but we can’t do that in five hours a week.” With Office 365, they have all the tools that they need to take the project and run with it. It’s a great way to get students motivated. What more can a teacher want?

Building a real estate business with high-touch relationships and Office 365

Why did I get into real estate? I can’t remember really wanting to do anything else. I love the challenge of orchestrating complex transactions and figuring out how to make a deal work for my clients. I love building mutually beneficial relationships and seeing people move into the home of their dreams. I got into the business almost 20 years ago, right after college when I moved to Los Altos in the Silicon Valley and joined Intero Real Estate. I had to go out and find clients, and I learned early on that honing my communication skills and being a great salesperson was the best way to differentiate my services. Back then, I spent four hours every morning on the phone calling people, and it paid off.
Now I’m expanding my business into the luxury homes market. It’s a challenge: my competitors spend a ton of money on marketing, but I’m gaining traction by approaching relationship building through great communication. I use Microsoft Office 365 as the basic technology toolkit for supporting that approach. I’m all about simplicity: Office 365 fits how I work; it’s an uncomplicated, one-stop shop for email, calendaring, and seamless, integrated Office programs. All my team members stay connected and productive because they use Office 365 to coordinate our efforts to provide the best possible outcomes for our clients.
A typical day for me means getting to the office by 7:30 A.M. My team and I meet and talk about what’s coming up for the day. We all need to be on the same page to juggle the many moving parts of a real estate transaction, so for the team, email and calendar management is key. We use Office 365 to differentiate our customer service by emailing clients to keep them apprised of the progress we are making during every step of the stressful 30-day period when a house sells.
My usual day still has four hours of phone calls in the morning. Then, I’m out all afternoon previewing properties, attending listing appointments, or meeting buyers and sellers. This is when the mobility benefits that I get with Office 365 really kick in. I have my current schedule and client contacts available on my laptop, iPhone, and tablet. Everywhere I go, I have my office at my fingertips, no matter what device I’m using. Real estate business occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but with Office 365, I can email documents anywhere I have Internet connection: there’s nothing I can’t do from the palm of my hand. This is a freeing experience, especially when it’s such a challenge to balance work with home life. I have three kids, and now I can be at their sports games and still be connected with important matters going on at work.
Sophisticated clients looking for luxury homes expect the latest technology in their dealings with realtors, and Office 365 doesn’t disappoint. When home buyers and sellers can do so much market research on their own, we need to use the best tools possible so that we can provide them with added value. Clients really appreciate that I can use my iPhone to show them our marketing samples and prelisting packages, or retrieve disclosure and inspection documents from the multiple listing service in just a few clicks. We’re continuing to build our business by talking to people and making them feel looked after, but it’s Office 365 that provides us with the reliable, efficient communications that we need to create and maintain those conversations. With Office 365, we can deliver a winning combination of personal service backed by great technology—and it’s helping us build market share in the upper echelons of the housing market.

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