I will try to answer as best as I can.
(1) Outlook 365 IS for all intents Outlook 2013.
I don't want to start an argument on that part but it can be easily tested by installing 365 and disconnect the internet. Word, Excel, All of it, Will continue to work fine no matter how far in the future you run the clock.
I have read multiple posts on this and to be honest I don't know who to believe. BUT, ALL laptops I have seen in the past 3 months ALWAYS have Office 365 TRIAL preloaded.
With a major PUSH toward using it.
Also, until about a week ago, there wasn't a real issue at all. If you clicked Browse, the system would BROWSE your local C drive.
True, you COULD click your SKYDRIVE account and browse it too but it was NOT the default. NOW as of about a week or so ago, it is.
this is reflected in numerous posts all over the web,. http://answers.micro...0e-a513-0a3a17b7700a
I have reams of printout that I am going through trying to find the way to make this not happen. There are so many threads where others are also looking I cant keep up with them all. The best suggestion I have seen yet is to simply dump 365 for Office 2010.
It isn't so much that ONEDRIVE (aka SkyDrive) CAN be used, it is that you are forced to do it since a Windows 8.1 upgrade.
We just had one girl who was used to browsing to the location to save her documents. Now when she uses Browse in Word to Find a folder, it takes her to her ONEDRIVE (she did not even sign up for it). She started asking me what was wrong with out internet because it took so long now to just save a document.
As stated in the link above this was all done in a Pushed patch on a MS Tuesday update.
no one was ready for it. It is my belief that since she happened to use her personal email name in her HOME system setup that when she added it to her Office system, it automatically linked it to her Home SkyDrive, But whatever the reason, we cannot get rid of it.
I appreciate all comments and no these systems were not built by a nephew of the company, These are brand new Dell, HP, and Toshiba Laptops. But to be honest the DELL's were the first and the worst offenders.
At least so far.