OneDrive: Secret, totally-free way to get Microsoft Office legally on any device

If you’re not using Microsoft OneDrive, I think you should be.

Why, you ask?

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-storage and application service that gives you:

  • Online cloud storage
  • Automatic backup of your PC documents
  • Cloud access to your documents from anywhere you are
  • Ability to edit Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) files from anywhere and any device

And you can do it for FREE!

There are paid options if you need them, but it’s very usable to get started for free.

Go to: http://www.OneDrive.com and login with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free as well. It’s very easy. If you’re creating a new Microsoft account, try to create one that matches your PC login. It makes things much easier (see below.)

Microsoft has integrated OneDrive into Windows now so you can backup your documents into OneDrive giving you automatic online backups with no setup required by you. It couldn’t be easier!

On your Windows computer, you should be logging in with an account that matches your Microsoft account. That way, Windows automatically connects to your OneDrive account and backs up your files into OneDrive without any effort on your part.

So that’s cool. Microsoft OneDrive is a free cloud-backup for you that automatically works with Windows, requires virtually no setup, and allows you to access your backed up files from anywhere you have Internet access on practically any device.

It’s a backup solution and a mobile access solution all in one.

But wait, it’s gets even better…

One thing that many people seem to miss is the fact that OneDrive also allows you to CREATE new documents in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats.

With OneDrive you can create and edit files in these common Microsoft Office formats without even having Microsoft Office installed.

It works in a web browser and it’s supported on most devices and the files you create with it are standard Microsoft Office files so you can even download them and email them to other people and they work exactly like normal Microsoft Office files. Because they are normal Microsoft Office files!

So OneDrive gives you a free, totally-legal way to view, create, and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files online without having to purchase Microsoft Office! Plus it acts as an automatic backup system and with the cloud access it’s even a great mobile / remote document solution.

If you’re not already using it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. I can’t imagine working without it

P.S. It’s not really secret. Microsoft is openly promoting OneDrive. It just seems like more people should know about it and be taking advantage of it since it’s such a great free resource.

– Weston Henry

 

Links:

OneDrive – http://www.onedrive.com

Questions:

Why aren’t you using OneDrive?

What’s the coolest thing about OneDrive