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Microsoft's latest play in mobile is to make Office apps free for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. That means you no longer need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit content on any of the major mobile platforms as Microsoft makes a push to bring Office to everyone, everywhere. However, that's not the only... Read more...
Microsoft has a long history of heavily discounting its software for students and teachers, but its newest offer takes the price tag right off the popular Microsoft Office. If you are a teacher or a student who has a valid email address from your school, you may well be able to sign up for a free subscription to... Read more...
Microsoft today talked a lot about embracing the "mobile-first, cloud-first" world that's taking shape, and as was previously rumored this week, the Redmond outfit finally unveiled a version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad. The "Office for iPad" release includes free and reimagined versions of Word... Read more...
While Microsoft was on a roll with its SkyDrive rebranding campaign, the company figured it might as well rename its Office Web Apps--now called “Office Online”--in an effort to convince users to engage with the service. There’s nothing wrong with what Office Web Apps offered, and it doesn’t... Read more...
Microsoft has taken its time creating touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Office for iPads, Android tablets, and even its own Windows tablets, but the wait may nearly be over--for iPad users. Originally, the Windows tablet version was scheduled to debut before the iPad version, for obvious reasons, but ZDNET’s... Read more...
It’s Patch Tuesday folks, and Microsoft has issued its monthly slew of updates. It’s more or less good news, as there are just four this time around, and none are labelled as “critical”--all four are merely “important”. Bulletin 1 is a remote code execution vulnerability that... Read more...
You can hardly find a job posting that doesn’t list proficiency with Microsoft’s suite of Office tools as a requirement, and Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are ubiquitous in schools and business around the world. Thus, it makes sense for colleges and universities to provide students with access to Office, but... Read more...
Heads-up, if you're running older versions of the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office or Microsoft Lync communication platform software. Microsoft released a security advisory noting that the TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image handler in some of these older Microsoft software suites is subject to a... Read more...
The promise of being able to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents on your Android device finally came true earlier this month when the Redmond software giant ported a version of its productivity suite over to Google's open source platform. It's not exactly a full fledged version of Office, but hey, at... Read more...
Linus Torvalds once said that if Microsoft ever made applications for Linux “it means I’ve won”. Now that Microsoft has released a version of Office for Android, Torvalds' dream has come true. Sort of. It’s likely that Torvalds envisioned Microsoft Office on a desktop build of... Read more...
You've got to hand it to Microsoft -- the company is willing to find novel ways of promoting its products. The company is now offering anyone who buys a year of Office 365 ($99.95 annual rate) a free year of Xbox Live Gold. That's worth $60 a year -- a not-inconsiderable value relative to the cost of Office itself... Read more...
Once in a while there's a sort of early confluence in technology, where the writing is on the wall for all to see and the opportunity so obvious that the big guns turn their sites to it. Back in the heyday of 3D graphics there were more manufacturers clamoring over each other in the space than you could shake a dynamically-lit, bump-mapped... Read more...
When it comes to distributing software, Microsoft and Adobe are certainly on the same page insofar as they both believe that software-as-a-service is the future; it’s only a matter of time before boxed software is a thing of the past. However, the two companies apparently differ sharply on the timing of the move. Earlier this week, Adobe... Read more...
Bill Gates as long since removed himself from the day-to-day workings of Microsoft, but that’s not to say he won’t pinch hit for the software giant from time to time. In an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this week (in which he sat alongside Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren... Read more...
Stretch those network pipes, because on Tuesday, a big workout is coming. That's when Microsoft's monthly "Patch Tuesday" hits, and this is one particular roll-out where the word "mammoth" definitely fits. In total, there are 57 flaws to be patched, 12 of which are either considered to be "Critical" or "Important". On... Read more...
OnLive seems to be the only online gaming persona still out there with a cloud focus that's keeping on track, with many other cloud-based gaming outfits folding as demand faltered. But OnLive is branching out into all sorts of new things, including a new Desktop App for Android tablets, which brings full Microsoft Office apps, Adobe Reader... Read more...
Last week, Windows 8's head developer, Steven Sinofsky, published an 8,600-word blog post describing virtually every facet of Windows 8's development, including the hardware Microsoft has used for system testing and simulation. One of the major bullet points of the announcement was the following: WOA includes desktop... Read more...
Microsoft made it pretty clear that Office 365 would be integrated in some major way with the next build of Windows (Windows 8), but now we're learning that the new productivity suite will ship a lot sooner than Win8 will. In fact, Steve Ballmer seems sure that it'll launch in June. Prior to this week, the company had simply insisted that... Read more...
While the company has diversified into a range of products and services, Windows and Office remain Microsoft's major cash earners; the revenue from these massive areas is used to cover losses in segments like Internet use.This helps to explain why MS recently published a story on the hidden cost of migrating to Google Apps. The company's assurances... Read more...
Microsoft launched the latest version of Office today, with a new series of features and capabilities, including an entirely new basic flavor (dubbed Office 2010 Starter Edition) that replaces the long-reviled Microsoft Works. The chief advantage to the switch, from a consumer's perspective, is that it eliminates the... Read more...
Less than a week after Google announced plans to venture into the operating system business, Microsoft is firing back with plans to offer a free version of its popular Office software suite that will run on the Internet. Although Microsoft didnt mention the competition from Google during the announcement, many analysts see this latest move... Read more...