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Over the past five or so years, Microsoft has really warmed up to beta testers. More than any other Windows before it, Windows 10 had an incredible amount of community effort behind it, and before the OS officially launched, many complaints and criticisms led it to arguably be the smoothest Windows launch ever. Of course, even as great as that launch was, Microsoft quickly proved that we simply can't have it all: the OS has a lot going for it, but it's also the most invasive ever. Fortunately, we've got you covered if you want to take steps to best protect yourself, as well as optimize the OS after... Read more...
In the cloud game, there is so much competition, it's hard to keep them all straight sometimes. But of them all, two giants that are fun to watch duke it out are Google and Microsoft - especially when it comes to online documents. While Google was ahead of the curve with regards to hosting office tools online, Microsoft has arguably had an easier time selling its service based on the simple fact that it's been creating office tools for nearly thirty years (the first version was revealed at COMDEX in 1988!). Both companies have their own pluses, though, making it hard for some businesses to choose... Read more...
It must be interesting to work in a recycling plant, especially one that has mammoth companies like Microsoft providing some of the business. Some of the stuff that comes through is no doubt interesting, such as 70,000 copies of a certain office product. If you were given these perfectly good copies to recycle, would you think that you could get away with selling them on the black market? It seems that some employees at Global Electronics Recycling did, or at least thought that it was worth the chance. It's not said when the incident went down, but Microsoft had given this enormous number of copies... Read more...
Microsoft Office 2016 is just around the corner, the company confirmed this week. The new version of Office will be “broadly available” for systems running Windows on September 22nd, as we expected. Businesses that have volume licenses will need to wait just a little longer for their copies, which will be available at the Volume Licensing Service Center on October 1st. Mac OS X users have been able to pick up the new software since July. Microsoft has a new feature for businesses that are updating office. The feature, called Current Branch for Business, offers updates three times a year in an effort... Read more...
Microsoft continues its quest for multi-platform domination with the official release of Office for Android smartphones. Microsoft of course has Office software available for its own Windows and Windows Phone (and future Windows 10 Mobile) operating systems along with iOS and OS X, but today marks the day that your average Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4 users can grab the suite from the Google Play Store. Like the version of Office that was earlier released for Android tablets, mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available separately to download. The entire suite is available for free,... Read more...
We learned yesterday that there will be seven variants of Windows 10. One of those variants is Windows 10 Mobile, which we have previously been calling Windows 10 for Phones. Now that Microsoft’s smartphone-oriented operating system officially has a name, the company has rolled out a new preview that brings with it some new features and additional device support. Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 is available to Insiders on the Fast Ring, and includes the Windows Store beta which aligns visually with the complementing store on Windows 10 for PCs. Although carrier billing has not been enabled for purchases,... Read more...
When Windows 10 was announced back in late January, Microsoft promised universal apps that would allow developers to create software from a single codebase that would work on PC, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox One platforms. Today, Microsoft is delivering on that promise, announcing that the universal Office suite for Windows 10 that was demoed back in January will be coming to Windows Phones later this month (likely just in time for Microsoft’s BUILD conference). Compared to its tablet counterpart, Office Universal apps for the phone have their commands and controls move to the bottom of the screen... Read more...
First announced late last fall, Microsoft's video component for Office 365 is now available worldwide to its enterprise customers. Microsoft's goal here is to allow companies to relay information via video throughout the organization using apps and an interface they're familiar with. One key advantage is that companies can get off of YouTube, with its insecure "Unlisted" option. Office 365 Video will work on any device that supports HTML5, and at the moment, there's just a single app available so far, for the iPhone. On Android? Just load up an HTML5-equipped browser, and the service should work... Read more...
A big part of Microsoft's software strategy is to expand its reach into other platforms. As part of that, the company is pushing its Office productivity apps on Android devices, and one of its newest (and biggest) OEM partners is Dell, one of nearly a dozen companies that have agreed to pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on their Android devices coming to market later this year. The other firms include regional OEMs TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper... Read more...
Good news, Office for Mac users: Microsoft has just released the first public preview for its upcoming Office 2016 suite. Of course, opting into the preview is free, and installing it will not replace a current install of Office 2011. In recent months, Microsoft has rolled-out updated versions of OneNote and Outlook, per ZDNET's Mary Jo Foley, while this preview brings the rest of the apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint -- up to speed. Similar to how it's handling its Windows 10 preview, Microsoft will be making regular updates to its Office 2016 preview, and from the date of a build's publishing,... Read more...
Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has shown a surprising amount of “love” for its competitors. It has provided high-functioning Office apps to iOS and Android users well ahead of solutions for its own Windows Phone platform. It has even partnered with Dropbox, which goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s own OneDrive online cloud storage solution. Today, Microsoft has even more love to share, as it is taking steps to offer more robust cloud storage integration into its Office apps. That starts today with the addition of updated iOS Office apps that allow users to “open, edit and save documents from... Read more...
There are few pieces of software as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Office, and given its prominence for the past two-and-a-half decades, it's a hard ruler to overthrow. But that notion doesn't tame the likes of Google. In fact, the company's come forward about its plans to dethrone Microsoft Office, and nab at least 80% of its business. Now that's what we call ambition. Google's Microsoft Office chase began ten-years-ago with the launch of its Google Apps platform. Today, Google Apps has become a solid all-in-one solution for businesses wanting to move most of their data... Read more...
Anyone who has run a pre-release version of an operating system accepts that the price of early access is the possibility of glitches. Today, Windows 10 Technical Preview users who were looking forward to the release of Universal Office apps for Windows 10 are putting up with just such a glitch: Microsoft says some users are having trouble downloading the apps. It’s working on a fix this morning and plans to keep Technical Preview users updated here. With its Universal Office apps for Windows 10, Microsoft is seeking to give users the same features and interfaces on computers and mobile devices.... Read more...
If the events of January are any indication, Microsoft is going to have a killer year. It kicked things off by announcing Windows 10 and following it up days later with a free-to-download preview version. Then, Microsoft announced Office 2016 for the latter half of this year and said it would release updated Office apps for Android and iOS sooner. The iOS update was released just last week, and today the new Office for Android is ready for action. Excel for Android The apps include Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft also released a preview version of Outlook for Android (and made a full Outlook... Read more...
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