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Windows 10 Sets goes tab crazy for organization and efficiency

Windows 10 Sets goes tab crazy for organization and efficiency

It might be a little difficult to remember a time when you didn't have tabs in your internet browser, but back when they first started rolling out, the idea seemed so brilliantly simple. For too long, though, that kind of handy functionality has been limited to just internet browsers, but Microsoft is about to change all of that. Today the company announced a new Windows 10 feature called "Sets," and it could very well change the way you use the apps installed on your PC.

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Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

It seems that Microsoft has painted itself into a corner with a move that doesn't really have practical merit. At least not in the way the company has carried out the matter. Users of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage solution suddenly locked out of their OneDrive shares mirrored on their local computers. All because Microsoft, without prior warning, suddenly decided that no filesystem is good enough for OneDrive other than its own proprietary NTFS.

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The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

Computing devices are getting more powerful, more varied, and more ubiquitous, but the data storage in these devices hasn't changed that much. We are still beholden to the HDDs, SSDs, and eMMCs or UFS of yesteryears. In fact, the storage story has become even more complicated because each device has its own storage that you have to manage or keep in sync with other devices.

Enter cloud computing and cloud storage, with its promise of being able to access your data anytime, anywhere. Well, as long as you have an Internet connection, that is. It is an inescapable fact of modern day computing life and it pays to know the choices you have. Here are ten of the top cloud storage options this half of the year.

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OneDrive Files On-Demand blurs the line between cloud and local

OneDrive Files On-Demand blurs the line between cloud and local

Microsoft's OneDrive is getting a supercharged update, with new features intended to make cloud storage more accessible across PCs and mobile devices, and integrate with Apple's iMessage. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, the software giant's annual developer event, the improvements reflect the growing dominance of cloud storage among individual and enterprise users. As we've seen from other cloud providers, it's all about blurring the line between what's locally stored and what's saved on a distant server.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft’s OneDrive storage had a bit of a tumultuous couple years, with the company first giving certain customers unlimited data and then later rescinding the ‘unlimited’ part of that equation when people starting using it in an unlimited fashion. While the change wouldn’t happen immediately, we knew it was coming and received more details this past December: that unlimited storage would become 1TB of storage starting on March 1 — that is, yesterday.

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OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

Last November, Microsoft advised OneDrive users that some big changes would be coming eventually — that OneDrive storage would be decreasing from 15GB to 5GB, that Office 365 users wouldn’t be getting unlimited storage, and the 15GB of camera roll storage would be removed. Microsoft gave its users a chance to opt out of this change; those who missed the memo are now receiving warnings that their OneDrive allotment is about to be slashed.

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OneDrive storage limit dropping to 5GB in July

OneDrive storage limit dropping to 5GB in July

If you'll recall, Microsoft upset a large number of OneDrive users by cutting the amount of free storage space from 15GB (or 30GB, for some users) to 5GB. Losing two thirds of your storage space can be a pretty big deal, so customers cried out until Microsoft reversed their position. Of course, that reversal came with one small catch.

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URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners may be exposing your private information

URL shorteners have been around for a while, and can be rather useful. This is especially true when using services like Twitter, which limit the number of characters you can use. But there are hidden dangers to using a shortener that you might not even be aware of.

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You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

Just last week, Slack practically issued a challenge to Skype, adding a voice calling feature which would lay the foundation for video chats in the future. Asserting its presence in the productivity world, Skype has announced new features that integrate the voice and video communication platform deeper into Microsoft's ecosystem. Now Skype users can start chatting, by text or by voice, right in the middle of editing a document on Office on the Web, or do likewise right inside OneDrive, also on the Web.

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Microsoft does a U-turn, returns 15GB to old OneDrive users

Microsoft does a U-turn, returns 15GB to old OneDrive users

Running a cloud storage, of course, costs money and offering some amount of that space for free will incur some amount of loss. It can also be prone to abuse, whether free or paid, and sometimes you just have to set your foot down. But when you punish well-meaning, innocent users along with the bad, you're bound to get some very unhappy, not to mention vocal, people. It's a lesson Microsoft learned the hard way when it nerfed its OneDrive storage space for existing free users, which It is now returning with an apology.

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OneDrive free down to 5GB, Office 365 unlimited space ends

OneDrive free down to 5GB, Office 365 unlimited space ends

Last year, Microsoft seemed to be intent on pushing OneDrive as a serious competitor to the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. It announced several promos, some of them permanent, to entice users to switch over to its cloud storage solution. Among them was a 15 GB starting space for all free accounts. Now it seems that Microsoft is rather abruptly and unceremoniously putting a stop to most of those benefits, ending the unlimited storage offer for Office 365 users and reducing the free storage from 15 to 5 GB. All because of abusers.

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