OneDrive Groups

OneDrive Groups, formerly Windows Live Groups, was an online service by Microsoft as part of its Windows Live range of services that enabled users to create their social groups for sharing, discussion and coordination.

OneDrive Groups
Windows Live Groups homepage
Windows Live Groups homepage
TypeSocial groups
WebsiteArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)


The service allowed users to form their own community groups, similar to the way Facebook Groups function, allowing members of the group to participate in group discussions. In addition, Windows Live Groups integrated with the following Windows Live services to provide collaboration and sharing features:

  • Calendar provides a group calendar function which allows all members of the Group to add or keep track of calendar events for their Group
  • OneDrive provides members of the Group 15GB of storage to upload and share their files and documents for others in the Group to download
  • Photos allow members of the Group to upload and share their photos with each other
  • provides users to send mass group e-mail messages to all members of a particular Group they are part of.
  • Office Online provides users with access to the Office Web Apps, and it uses the group's OneDrive storage.
  • Windows Live Family Safety blocks the use of Windows Live Groups for child managed accounts.

The owner of the group could choose a group theme, message and a picture. They could also delete the group, manage who joins the group etc.


Windows Live Groups was released on December 2, 2008. MSN Groups, a similar offering from Microsoft, has been discontinued on/after February 21, 2009. However, contents from MSN Groups could not be migrated over to Windows Live Groups, due to the different focus between the two products. The Windows Live Groups service is optimized for small groups like clubs or families, whereas MSN Groups caters to a wide variety of group sizes and types, including large public groups.[1] Windows Live Groups was updated to the "Wave 4" release on June 7, 2010.

Windows Live Groups was transitioned to become part of SkyDrive, renamed OneDrive in February 2014. The address redirected to a SkyDrive URL.

In May 2014, Microsoft removed the ability to create any new OneDrive groups. [2]

Microsoft announced in August 2015 that OneDrive Groups would be closed on October 16, 2015.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Why are MSN Groups Closing - Official Windows Live Services Blog". Windows Live team blog. October 3, 2008.
  2. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (May 23, 2014). "Microsoft kills OneDrive Groups, wants you to use shared folders instead". Ghacks. gHacks Technology News. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  3. ^ Mediati, Nick (23 August 2015). "Microsoft to discontinue OneDrive Groups October 16th. If you use OneDrive's Groups collaboration feature, you have a little under two months to pack up your data and move to something else". PC World. IDG.

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office (or simply Office) is a family of client software, server software, and services developed by Microsoft. It was first announced by Bill Gates on August 1, 1988, at COMDEX in Las Vegas. Initially a marketing term for an office suite (bundled set of productivity applications), the first version of Office contained Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Over the years, Office applications have grown substantially closer with shared features such as a common spell checker, OLE data integration and Visual Basic for Applications scripting language. Microsoft also positions Office as a development platform for line-of-business software under the Office Business Applications brand. On July 10, 2012, Softpedia reported that Office is used by over a billion people worldwide.Office is produced in several versions targeted towards different end-users and computing environments. The original, and most widely used version, is the desktop version, available for PCs running the Windows and macOS operating systems. Office Online is a version of the software that runs within a web browser, while Microsoft also maintains Office apps for Android and iOS.

Since Office 2013, Microsoft has promoted Office 365 as the primary means of obtaining Microsoft Office: it allows use of the software and other services on a subscription business model, and users receive free feature updates to the software for the lifetime of the subscription, including new features and cloud computing integration that are not necessarily included in the "on-premises" releases of Office sold under conventional license terms. In 2017, revenue from Office 365 overtook conventional license sales.

The current on-premises, desktop version of Office is Office 2019, released on September 24, 2018.

Outlook Groups

Outlook Groups was a mobile application for Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile, Android and iOS that could be used with an Office 365 domain Microsoft Account, e.g. a work or school account. It is designed to take existing email threads and turn them into a group-style conversation. The app lets users create groups, mention their contacts, share Office documents via OneDrive and work on them together, and participate in an email conversation. The app also allows the finding and joining of other Outlook Groups. It was tested internally at Microsoft and launched September 18, 2015 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile users.After its initial launch on Microsoft's own platforms they launched the application for Android and iOS on September 23, 2015.Outlook Groups was updated on September 30, 2015 that introduced a deep linking feature as well as fixing a bug that blocked the "send" button from working. In March 2016 Microsoft added the ability to attach multiple images, and the most recently used document to group messages as well as the option to delete conversations within the application programme.Outlook Groups was retired by Microsoft on May 1, 2018

The functionality was replaced by adding the "Groups node" to the folder list within the Outlook mobile app.

Visual Basic for Applications

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is an implementation of Microsoft's event-driven programming language Visual Basic 6, which was discontinued in 2008, and its associated integrated development environment (IDE). Although Visual Basic is no longer supported or updated by Microsoft, the VBA programming language was upgraded in 2010 with the introduction of Visual Basic for Applications 7 in Microsoft Office applications.Visual Basic for Applications enables building user-defined functions (UDFs), automating processes and accessing Windows API and other low-level functionality through dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). It supersedes and expands on the abilities of earlier application-specific macro programming languages such as Word's WordBASIC. It can be used to control many aspects of the host application, including manipulating user interface features, such as menus and toolbars, and working with custom user forms or dialog boxes.

As its name suggests, VBA is closely related to Visual Basic and uses the Visual Basic Runtime Library. However, VBA code normally can only run within a host application, rather than as a standalone program. VBA can, however, control one application from another using OLE Automation. For example, VBA can automatically create a Microsoft Word report from Microsoft Excel data that Excel collects automatically from polled sensors. VBA can use, but not create, ActiveX/COM DLLs, and later versions add support for class modules.

VBA is built into most Microsoft Office applications, including Office for Mac OS X (except version 2008), and other Microsoft applications, including Microsoft MapPoint and Microsoft Visio. VBA is also implemented, at least partially, in applications published by companies other than Microsoft, including ArcGIS, AutoCAD, CorelDraw, LibreOffice, Reflection, SolidWorks, and WordPerfect.

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