Microsoft’s Office for iPad Apps was officially released by the Redmond-based software giant in the last week of March, 2014. Office for iPad App is the iPad optimized avatar of the Microsoft’s popular productivity suite, Office 365. Instead of a single app, Office for iPad Apps is basically a collection of apps. The collection includes Word for iPad app, Excel for iPad app, PowerPoint for iPad app, and OneNote for iPad app.

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular productivity suite among the Windows PC and Apple OS X owners. Combine it with Microsoft Office 365 subscription and you can open up a whole new world. The popularity of the productivity suite says for itself when Office for iPad Apps collection climbed to the top of App Store.

Microsoft’s new range of office suite, Office 2013 and Office 365 are already released. To promote the new Office 365 office suite, Microsoft has started a brand new campaign. The campaign specifically targets students who might want to give Office 365 University a try. Through this special promotion, Microsoft is offering Office 365 University three-month trial and an extra 20 GB of SkyDrive storage absolutely free of cost.

Norton Satellite is a freeware Windows 8 App from the house of the security expert Symantec. Norton Satellite scans your files and folders for viruses in your personal cloud or Dropbox account. The free Windows 8 app also keeps your social life on Facebook safe by scanning links in your Facebook feeds. With the help of Norton Satellite you can make sure that the files saved in the cloud, on your PC, or external storage devices are safe before sharing with friends. Read more after the break.

Microsoft has released the Customer Preview of its next version of Office productivity suite, Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15). Microsoft has not yet officially named Office 2013, but semi-officially, it’s called The New Microsoft Office. With Office 2013, Microsoft is also pushing hard Office 365, an alternative way of getting the latest version of its productivity suite via subscription and not the traditional up-front payment model, used to get the desktop Office suite.

The Customer Preview milestone (public beta) of Office 2013 is now available for end users to download and test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop PCs, notebooks, and tablets. According to Microsoft, Office 2013 is the “modern” version of their popular productivity suite which is used on billions of PCs worldwide.

Google Drive launched with a very competitively cheap cloud storage price and 5 GB free storage space. Now the free space offered by Google Drive is 15 GB. Until the launch of Google Drive, Dropbox was considered (is still considered a strong competitor and I am going to stick with them) by many as the hands down winner in the cloud storage service provider. With some of its unique features which were not provided by the competition than, Dropbox was adopted by the masses soon. After the launch of Dropbox, some services did came up that offered quite similar feature sets, like SugarSync, but for some reason, they were not that much popular.

Microsoft’s new Windows Live Essentials or Wave 4 is ready to rock – in beta form. If you’re interested in checking out the new releases, then visit the Live Essentials beta download page now. You can download Windows Live Essentials beta from the official website. Downloads are provided in seven different languages including English, Chinese, French and Spanish.

Two different clients are offered on the website, wlsetup-webd.exe will automatically download and install the Windows Live Essential applications, while, wlsetup-webc.exe offers a choice menu to install only specific applications as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite.

Windows Live SkyDrive (formerly known as Windows Live Folders) is a part of Microsoft’s Windows Live range of online services. It is a free online storage service from Microsoft that offers 25 GB of online storage space, with each file limited to 50 MB, for its users to upload their favorite photos, files, media, etc. It uses Windows Live ID to control access to the user’s files, allowing them to keep the files private, share with contacts, or make the files public. Publicly shared files do not need a Windows Live ID to get access to. So as long as you have a Hotmail or MSN email account, you have a SkyDrive.

Even though Microsoft is offering so much of online storage space for free, they have not yet provided any easy and user-friendly way to upload files or manage uploaded files from the desktop. But you will now be able to easily access and manage SkyDrive files by using a free and easy-to-use Windows Explorer extension called as SkyDrive Explorer.