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Microsoft has rolled out a new preview build of Office 2016 for Windows PCs (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10). This is just the second preview build of Office 2016; the first was released in March and was specifically aimed at developers and IT Pros. Today’s release targets everyone, including general consumers. For Office 365 subscribers that want to test out Office 2016, you can simply head over to the Office My Account page, click on “Language and install options” and next click “Additional install options” after which you will see a drop-down menu to install either there 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office 2016. For users without an Office 365 subscription, you can select either the 32-bit... 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...
American companies tend to reserve their best promotional offers for their U.S.-based customers, and if they’re lucky, to our northern neighbors in Canada. Microsoft has offered Office 365 free to students in the U.S. since September 2014. Microsoft announced this week that millions of students and teachers around the world will now be eligible to sign up to receive Office 365 for free — there’s a rather extensive list of supported countries and languages that you can view here. There’s just one catch, however, and it’s a pretty big one. Schools first need to buy Office 365 subscriptions for faculty and staff. Only then will teachers and students be granted access to their free subscription to... Read more...
Microsoft really wants to get people hooked on its OneDrive cloud storage service. The company already provides unlimited OneDrive storage with an Office 365 subscription, but earlier this month it offered a perk to entice users that haven’t already made the plunge by offering 100GB of storage available for free (for two years we might add) just by signing up for Bing Rewards. Today, Microsoft is offering up another 100GB of free storage for a year if you’re an existing Dropbox user. The steps are pretty simple: Go to Microsoft’s promotion page and clock “Verify and get my storage”Sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, you can register hereOnce logged in, click the “Save to... 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 these [third-party cloud storage providers] right from within Office.” That means that iOS users can... Read more...
The last time we visited Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service, Microsoft gave all Office 365 subscribers unlimited storage. That’s definitely a nice perk for Microsoft’s Office suite that by itself costs $10 per month (or $100 per year). While that feature addition was aimed specifically at Office 365 users, Microsoft is running a new promotion aimed at that those who haven’t signed up for Office 365 or simply don’t need (or want) the productivity suite. This time around, Microsoft is giving away 100GB of free OneDrive storage space free for two years. While the service itself is free, there are a couple of strings attached, albeit two teeny tiny ones. You’ll need to first signup for Bing... Read more...
There's a weird issue affecting some Office 365 and OneDrive users, myself included, but what's even worse is the way it's being handled by Microsoft's online support system. I'll get to that in a moment, but first let's discuss the problem at hand, which is that some users recently ran into a problem getting Word 97-2007 Document files (*.doc) to upload to OneDrive. I first encountered the issue last week, and after successfully syncing many Word 97-2007 Document files for months prior, I suddenly encountered an error message that prevented me from uploading my files to OneDrive. "SAVE AGAIN  We need to refresh your file with updates. Click Save to try again," the error message reads. Unfortunately,... Read more...
Windows Phone has captured roughly 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market, and its fortunes don’t exactly look promising in the face of cutthroat competition from the likes of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Considering that Microsoft has a darling property in its portfolio like Office, one would expect that the folks in Redmond would devote its time and resources to ensuring that the productivity suite shined the brightest on Windows Phone. However, as we’ve seen in the past few months, Microsoft has devoted the majority of its resources into making Office look and function better on iOS and Android while Windows Phone users have been left shaking their heads. You can’t exactly blame... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long. In early November, Microsoft rolled out its new “Work & Play Bundle” that combines a year’s worth of Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World + WiFi. Microsoft priced the bundle at $199, which at the time seemed like a sweet deal. Today, however, Microsoft is making the deal even sweeter thanks to a $50 price cut to $149 for the holidays. Purchased separately, here’s the breakdown of the costs for each service: Xbox Live Gold: $59.99 Office 365 Home: $99.99 Xbox Music Pass: $119.88 Skype Unlimited World + WiFi: $167.88  So Microsoft is giving users roughly $450 worth of online subscription services for $149. At $199, you... Read more...
Skype has been getting some love from Microsoft in recent weeks. On the consumer side, Microsoft introduced Skype Qik, a short video messaging service that’s bound to give SnapChat headaches. Today, Microsoft has news for business users: Lync is becoming Skype for Business in 2015. Microsoft says there will be more to the move than a name change. Lync, which is Microsoft’s messaging tool for corporate customers, will be undergoing a major interface change that will see many of Skype's features brought onboard. Although the launch isn’t until next year, Microsoft already has screenshots of the new Skype for Business, which feature Skype-like icons and the Skype Call Monitor window.... 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 Office 365. The Office 365 Education For Students program starts today and finding out whether you qualify is a piece of cake. As student discounts go, a free subscription to Office is a darn good deal. You get Word and Excel, of course, but OneNote (pictured) and Outlook are part of the package, too. If you’re thinking: “What? Doesn’t Microsoft already give Office to... Read more...
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked details on how the government had forced various IT companies to disclose information (or secured their willing cooperation), companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been desperate to regain their users' trust. Six months ago, Microsoft announced that it would reengineer its products and services to provide a much higher level of security -- today, the company revealed that its reached an important milestone in that process. As of now, Outlook.com uses TLS (Transport Layer Security) to provide end-to-end encryption for inbound and outbound email -- assuming that the provider on the other end also uses TLS. The TLS standard has been in the news fairly... Read more...
Tech titan Microsoft and domain name guru GoDaddy announced a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy's exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. This is a win-win situation for both companies -- Microsoft gains access to 12 million customers worldwide, while GoDaddy is able to offer a legit service to its small business clients. "Combining our small-business expertise together with Microsoft’s productivity offerings opens new doors for small businesses to easily get the tools they need to get more done in their day," said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of Business Applications, GoDaddy. "We’ve created... Read more...
Talk about bad timing. A collection of Microsoft's online services all suffered an outage just as the Xbox One was launching to retail. For a period of time, Xbox.com was knocked offline, with outages also reportedly affecting Microsoft.com, Outlook.com, and Office 365. These first occurred in late afternoon on November 21. All these services are hosted by Windows Azure, which suffered a full-service interruption that lasted for several hours around the globe. According to Microsoft, the outages weren't due to extra load put on networks caused by the Xbox One launch, nor was Azure itself to blame. Instead, Microsoft says it probably had something to do with a DNS name service glitch. It's not... Read more...
Pretty much everyone has used Microsoft Office before, and many of us have been using it our entire lives. And although it’s true that over the years each generation of the software has improved, there’s arguably never been a release of Microsoft Office as dramatic as the introduction of Office 365. Office 365 offers desktop versions of the full suite of application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Visio) and much, much more by leveraging the power of the cloud and employing a subscription service model. In a nutshell, Office 365 allows you to create, edit, share, and collaborate on Office documents on your own or with others and stay synced with colleagues... Read more...
According to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is now one of just a handful of companies with a seven-digit server deployment. Speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, Ballmer claimed that Microsoft had entered rare territory and used the number as an example of how few companies really understood how to run a cloud business. According to the CEO: We have something over a million servers in our datacenter infrastructure. Google is bigger than we are. Amazon is a little bit smaller. You get Yahoo! and Facebook, and then everybody else is 100,000 units probably or less. So the number of companies that really understand the network topology, the datacenter construction, the server requirements... Read more...
It has been over six years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Millions of apps have been written for the platform in that time, with collective downloads into the billions. Apple's App Store is a thriving marketplace with a huge amount of software available on virtually any topic you can think of. But not Microsoft Office. There are plenty of third-party applications that handle Word and Excel files, but no apps from Microsoft itself. Office documents can be viewed through the SkyDrive application, but there's no editing capability. There's a version of Office for iOS supposedly in the works, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw cold water on the idea when asked about upcoming events for the... Read more...
Microsoft is really trying to sell small businesses on the idea of using Office 365. In an attempt to woo users away from using apps from rival Google, Microsoft tripled the length of its free trial for Office 365 Small Business from 30 days to 90 days. Microsoft refers to the offer as Plan P1. This trial offers small businesses cloud-based email, shared calendars, and Web-based Office apps for up to 10 users. Plan P1 typically costs $72 per user per year. Microsoft plans to offer the 90-day Office 365 Small Business trial until the end of February. Earlier this month, Google announced changes to its Google Apps for Business service. As a result of the changes, businesses with 10 or fewer users... Read more...
Although a specific date is unknown, Microsoft should be releasing the consumer retail versions of its Office 2013 suite sometime before the end of the month. As we discovered in early October, the final release-to-manufacturing build has already been produced, and has been available to volume licensees ever since. If you're a regular consumer who can't wait to get their hands on the final build and want it now, Microsoft has you covered. It's just begun offering a trial of the full retail Office 2013 Professional Plus edition, which lasts for 60 days. This edition includes all of Microsoft's Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access and Lync.... Read more...
If you're a university or college student who wants to get your hands on Office 365, Microsoft has some good news for you: A special version of Office 365 called University will be available in the first quarter of 2013. This version will include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Office 365 University will be available for $79.99. This subscription will entitle you to four years of use. In addition, Office 365 University will offer SkyDrive support along with an additional 20GB Premium SkyDrive Storage for a total of 27 GB. Another perk that comes with Office 365 University is 60 Skype world minutes per month. Recognizing that people often have more than... Read more...
While Google was busy introducing their Google+ Project for social networking mavens, Microsoft has been busy putting the final touches on a cloud-based software suite that has been in the works for what feels like an eternity. Office 365 was formally unveiled by Steve Ballmer this week, with a global launch bringing collaboration tools and other productivity programs to a wide array of businesses. Microsoft's not beating around the bush: this is a cloud service, and it's being made available in 40 markets. The service brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a predictable monthly... 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 it would ship at some point in 2011, but Ballmer spoke in India and couldn't keep the cat inside of the bag. His quote? "We're pushing hard in the productivity space. We'll launch our Office 365 cloud service, which gives you Lync and Exchange and SharePoint and Office and more as a subscribable service that comes from the cloud. That launches in the month of... Read more...
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