Got a Microsoft Office Live Workspace account? It's about to be upgraded to a Windows Live SkyDrive account, said the company today in an official blog post.
If This Change Affects You:
The switch, said Microsoft, is an effort to improve and simplify the customer experience for their Live services. Users will reportedly get all of the same capabilities they're used to, plus a handful of new ones. Office Web Apps, for example, will now be tacked onto the package. These apps include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Rest assured that if your Windows Live ID is the same as your Office Live Workspace, your docs will be moved into the same account, and Office Live Small Business account owners will reportedly not be affected by the upgrade of Office Live to SkyDrive.
Microsoft or Google?
The release of Office 2010 has got competitors like Google doing all they can to keep users from upgrading, but it looks like Life SkyDrive is a part of Microsoft's game plan to retain customer loyalty. We can't deny that Google's got some wiggle room, however. Big G really stepped up their enterprise game with the revamping of Google Docs, and their open letter about their own awesomeness (in comparison to Microsoft's products) is probably working some magic too:
This week Microsoft will take its Office 2010 suite out of beta. If you’re considering upgrading Office with Office, we’d encourage you to consider an alternative: upgrading Office with Google Docs. If you choose this path, upgrade means what it’s supposed to mean: effortless, affordable, and delivering a remarkable increase in employee productivity. This is a refreshing alternative to the expensive and laborious upgrades to which IT professionals have become accustomed.
It's notable that Google Docs offers only 1 GB of free space while SkyDrive offers up to 25GB, but whether or not that's enough reason to choose one over the other is another argument.
If you're an Office fan and you want to enjoy the benefits of the merger, just sit back and let Microsoft do the work. They'll be notifying customers as it rolls out over the next coming months.