Microsoft is best known for its popular software packages: Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. But today, Microsoft also provides many free online services you can use to perform various tasks at home or at work. To use these services, including OneDrive (previously called SkyDrive) or Skype, you’ll need to create aMicrosoft account.

In this lesson, you’ll learn more about the features and benefits of a Microsoft account. We’ll also talk about the various tools and services a Microsoft account provides, including Calendar, Office Web Apps, and more.

2012_all_introA Microsoft account gives you access to a wide range of services and tools. These include:

  • Productivity tools that let you create, store, and edit documents, videos, images, and other files
  • Social tools that let you communicate via email and chat, as well as share and collaborate on files stored online

A Microsoft account can help you accomplish most everyday computer tasks, much like the Windows operating system. The difference between these services and more traditional productivity suites is that many of the files and services you work with are stored online rather than on your computer. This type of online storage is commonly referred to as the cloud.

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