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Why Wait for iCloud When Microsoft Offers Windows Live and More?

By June 10, 2011

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With all of the anticipation and press coverage surrounding Apple's new iCloud service one would think that this "new" service doesn't already exist.

Windows Live HotmailGoogle has been doing it for years with Android and Microsoft has really pushed towards the cloud with their Windows Live service and Windows Phone 7.

So why all the fuss? It's an Apple thing for sure, but if you're not looking to wait until the fall to use these new services or have a Windows Phone, then Windows Live will provide all of the cloud services you need and more.

Keep Your Life Organized with Hotmail

Hotmail has evolved into a full-fledge Personal Information Management (PIM) tool on the web. If you are not familiar with PIMs, think Outlook, Entourage, and other email/calendar clients.

Hotmail allows you to sync all of your emails, appointments, and contacts with your computer and mobile phone (Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, and more).

Use SkyDrive to Share Pictures & Photos

SkyDrive is the equivalent of Apple's new Photo Stream where you can snap a picture on your phone and automatically upload it to your cloud storage on SkyDrive.

You can also access pictures stored on your SkyDrive with Windows Live Photo Gallery and your mobile phone.

SkyDrive + Office = Cloud Productivity Bliss

I've always been a fan of Google Docs because it was simple to use and online, but now that Microsoft brought their core Office products to the web, I find myself using it more and more and it really has a lot to do with compatibility and ease of use.

It's a lot easier to use something you are accustomed to and if you use Office 2007/2010 on your computer you will feel right at home with Office Web Apps. The best part about this experience is that you are able to access your Office documents on the web, your mobile device, and your computer.

So if you're looking for a cloud experience right now, you can do so with Microsoft's services which are available today and free.

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