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Every wonder where paperclips end up when they disappear from your desk, only be to lost and forgotten over time? I imagine it is a sad existence. Clippy, Microsoft's love-to-hate Office assistant from yesteryear, knows that well. After being retired for more than two decades, and forgotten by many (and never known to others), Clippy made a comeback, only for the Microsoft to fling it out of view again. If you have been using computers for a bit, you undoubtedly remember the cheeky assistant. Clippy was always all-too-happy to offer up help, and at times a bit too eager, based on what you were doing in an Office document. While quick to annoy at the time, in a weird way, Clippy has now become... Read more...
Microsoft published a set of three videos that it has dubbed "The Twins Challenge" to help promote its Office 365 software. In the videos, Microsoft is taking shots at more traditional office programs such as its recently released Office 2019 in order to demonstrate the advantages held by Office 365. The three videos published to date focus on the three most important components of Microsoft's Office product suite: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. To make the videos a tad more comical, Microsoft hired biological twins to test these utilities, with the twist being that one twin would use Office 2019 whereas the other twin would use Office 365. The most impressive video demonstration was for the Excel... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last monolithic version of Windows ever, it raised some questions on how that would work and what it meant for future updates. Now almost two years after the OS was released to the public, Microsoft has some concrete answers. Going forward, Microsoft says users and IT professionals can expect (and plan for) two major upgrades to Windows 10 every year. The same goes for Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft's productivity suite that lives in the cloud. Barring any delays, these will roll out every March and September. Microsoft has already doled out two major upgrades to Windows 10—the Anniversary Update (Redstone 1) last year and more recently the... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out another perk to subscribers of its Office Insider program. In addition to testing out new builds and having access to features that have not yet been released to the public, Microsoft is launching a bug bounty program for Office Insiders. Through the bug bounty program, Office Insiders can score anywhere from $500 all the way up to $15,000 for discovering vulnerabilities. "The Microsoft Cloud and Online Services Bounty Program has helped us identify elusive vulnerabilities and provided a way to reward the individuals actively partnering with us to protect our customers. We want to continue incentivizing research around design and logic and reward deeper thought in important... Read more...
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 an upgrade is over and done with. Microsoft's OSes are not the only piece of software that the... 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 between them. Google clearly has mastered the art of infrastructure, while Microsoft offers tools... 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 of Office 2010 to this plant to recycle, at which point employees sold them and reportedly made... 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 to give businesses time to assess updates before they roll out. The first Current Branch for Business... 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, although some additional functionality is opened up for those that sign up for an Office 365 subscription.... 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, you can use credit cards, gift cards, and PayPal to complete a transaction. Other new features... 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 to make it easier for you to “thumb around” when holding the device one-handed. As Microsoft General... 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 just fine. Microsoft designed the Video interface with a responsive design, so whether on a desktop,... 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 of Turkey. Microsoft has also brought on board Pegatron, a leading original device manufacturer. "We’ve... 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, it'll be good for 60 days. Once the final build rolls out, Microsoft will be giving users a 30 day grace... Read more...
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