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This coming Tuesday, April 9, is going to be a busy one for Microsoft’s update servers. In advance of what have become known as “Patch Tuesday”, Microsoft posted nine early security bulletins to notify users and system administrators of the slew of impending Windows updates. Two of the patches have been deemed critical, while the remaining seven are flagged as important. And all of the updates are likely to require a restart. The exact details of the two critical updates are not posted just yet, but one of them affects Windows and Internet Explorer; the other is solely a Windows update. Though the details aren’t posted, critical updates are usually deemed as such because... Read more...
The world of online, cloud-based software is upon us. While years and years have passed, the software industry has slowly been distancing itself from moving product on physical media, and instead offering it online. Adobe's new cloud-based Photoshop services offer enhancements that non-cloud users won't even get, and Microsoft's future Office builds may follow a similar trail. The company has announced that it could upgrade and update Office 2013 "as often as four times per year," which is a vast improvement over slower updates from the past. These days, consumers expect rapid-fire updates. We're living in an app-dominated world, where these smaller programs are frequently updated with bug fixes... Read more...
Seen one of those fancy new Surface commercials? How about one of Microsoft's vivid new retail stores? In an age where tech-savvy is becoming the norm, and catching people early is a way to ensure brand loyalty throughout a life, Microsoft seems to be doing fairly well according to a new report. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just under half of 853 respondents between the age of 18 and 29 viewed Microsoft -- the company responsible for Windows 95, the Zune, the Kin, the Xbox, Office, and even the Surface RT -- is hipper now than it was just a year or two ago. That may strike some as surprising. In fact, many view Microsoft is the stodgy, old guy in a world full of spunky Silicon Valley startups.... 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...
A few months ago, feathers were ruffled as it was noticed that Apple was hiring mapping engineers as if they were going out of style. Now, a similar fuss is being made over new job postings at Google. Recently, there has been much talk that Google's cloud-based Docs suite is eating into the Office empire built by Microsoft, and we're moving closer to a world where expensive document editing suites just aren't necessary. And now, it's getting clearer that Microsoft is on Google's radar in a major way. Recently updated job postings at Google shows the company looking for hires that are very proficient in Microsoft Office programs, with Excel and PowerPoint being the two most important. Everything... Read more...
You don't have to look far to find pundits that'll deny it, but you have to wonder if Microsoft is feeling threatened. Despite owning a colossal share of the desktop OS market -- a fact that isn't likely to change in our lifetimes -- the company's other facets aren't so well-grounded. Outside of the successful Xbox franchise, Microsoft's other two profits drivers are facing very serious competition. On the tablet front, Windows isn't gaining enough steam to make a real dent in Apple's iPad dominance, and on the phone front, Windows Phone is still in the single-digits in terms of market share even after being announced almost three years ago. And then, there's Office. This was also a practical... 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...
It's a cloud-driven world, haven't you noticed? Even Adobe's Photoshop has shifted over to a cloud-based subscription model, and Microsoft's certainly doing likewise. The company has just announced pricing and details surrounding Office 365 subscriptions for consumers and small businesses. The company claims that with this release, it's "modernizing Office, and an important part of that is the introduction of new subscriptions." It's hard to tell if these will truly be a better value for consumers, and of course, much will depend on your family size and usage requirements. Office 365 Home Premium, a single subscription for up to 5 users, will be available in both physical and online stores across... Read more...
Sprint? Getting into the enterprise space even deeper? You may call it curious, but with Windows and Office emerging as huge buzzwords for the latter half of 2012, perhaps it's a wise move. The carrier has just announced that it'll bring Microsoft Office 365 to small and mid-sized businesses this year. What's that mean? Well, Sprint's network will be used to bring Office to the cloud, and it'll "reduce costs and collaborate with customers and partners while also extending the cloud-based communication tools to mobile workforces." That's according to Sprint, of course. It's not the first time we've seen a carrier tout its waves as useful for business; AT&T has even been running small biz ads... Read more...
If you haven't yet retired your old Windows XP or Vista operating system, Microsoft would like to encourage you to do so now. The Customer Preview of Microsoft Office 2013 is designed for Windows 7 and 8 operating systems and won't install on anything older, including Windows XP and Vista. Office 2013 isn't expected to be available until - you guessed it - 2013, but Microsoft is already beating the promotional drums and made a preview of the consumer version available today. You can sign up for it at Microsoft's site. If you are running WinXP or Vista and you're willing to upgrade, there's some good news: Microsoft announced earlier this month that it wil make the Windows 8 upgrade $39.99... Read more...
Rumor has it Microsoft will unveil to the world its Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15) next-generation productivity suite on Monday, July 16. In the meantime, the Redmond software giant has created a new blog called 'Office Next' that's being virtually penned by PJ Hough, Corporate Vice President of Program Management of Microsoft's Office Division. "Welcome to the Office Next blog. I'm really excited to kick off this conversation and connect you with the engineers who are building future releases of Office—here, they'll discuss the improvements we make, the designs we choose and the data and feedback that inform our decisions," Hough writes in his introductory post. The next version of... Read more...
Is Microsoft planning to make yet another huge announcement? It sure seems like it. Hot on the heels of Surface, an impending launch of Windows 8 and the reveal of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is now scheduled to launch Office 15 next week. That's according to a USA Today report, and honestly, the stakes couldn't be much higher for Microsoft. Cloud suites like Google Docs are all up on Microsoft's lawn, and there are frankly more affordable alternatives now that are being considered by consumers. The clout that Office once had is fading as people turn to the web and find alternative ways to accomplish the same thing. Office 15, however, is expected to be a bombshell. It's supposed to tie in in... Read more...
Full versions of Microsoft Office are coming to both the iPad and Android devices as early as November, according to a report from BGR. Citing a “reliable source”, the site said that Microsoft already has the iPad version running in some capacity. Office for iOS and Android should run our old friends Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and assuming the source is indeed reliable, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft handles input and formatting. This could be a really wonderful set of apps, or it could be a disaster. Image source: The Daily BGR also noted that a few months ago, The Daily spotted an iPad running Office, and Microsoft replied (to another news outlet) that the image was... Read more...
This month's Patch Tuesday will plug up less than a dozen vulnerabilities -- 11, to be exact -- in various flavors of Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft announced in a Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2012. Microsoft issued half a dozen bulletins in all, the same number as last month, though all but two are rated "Critical" this time around. All four Critical bulletins deal with remote code execution, one of which affects every version of Internet Explorer (6-9) on various platforms, including Windows XP, 2003, 7, and 2008, regardless of whether you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit build. The remaining two bulletins are both deemed "Important,"... 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 and -- with OnLive Desktop Plus service -- gigabit-speed accelerated browsing regardless of the tablet's local Internet speed and local computing capability. It's a free app, and it's out now in the Android Market exclusively for tablets. It promises Office compatibility that Android users have longed for, and if you pony up the extra $4.99/month for the Plus... Read more...
Microsoft's own second quarter was a good one; the company reported total sales of nearly $70 billion ($69.94B). Operating and net income stood at $27.16B and $23.15B, up 13 percent and 23 percent over the same period in 2010. Interestingly enough, the company's major growth areas were in the combined Entertainment / Mobile division where strong Kinect uptake and a successful Windows Phone 7 launch pushed revenue to $1.49B, up 30 percent over 2010. The company is often portrayed as an Office + Windows behemoth whose other projects lose money. While it's true that those two areas generate the vast majority of company revenue, the 'Other' column isn't a unilateral loss. The one area where Microsoft... 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...
The nascent tablet market segment has already strained the Wintel alliance; both Microsoft and Intel have made marketing/strategic decisions that the other isn't fond of. Intel's recent financial analyst day has only made things worse; Microsoft is quite unhappy with the CPU manufacturer's remarks regarding Windows 8. Microsoft's declaration that Windows 8 would run on ARM processors was one of the most talked about announcements of last January's CES, but Intel's remarks this week cast doubt on the usefulness of the ARM-flavored version of that operating system. Renée James, Intel's general manager of the software & services group, claimed in his presentation that Microsoft's Windows... Read more...
Last week was a huge coming-out party for Chrome OS, and now, even Microsoft is joining the festivities. How so? The company just added Chrome support for online Office apps, and they'll officially support apps running from SharePoint in SP1 (coming in June). That's all coming in the first major service pack for Office 2010, which is also scheduled for release in June. Once it all comes together, it'll mark the first time that Chrome will have that level of support from MS; previously, the company had "set a broader release window of mid-summer for Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1)." It's expected that Office 2010 SP1 will be around first as a manual download, and it'll hit the Windows Update... 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 that it's only trying to help companies make a more informed decision is a poorly built facade for masking its own unease. Tom Rizzo writes: "No one would willingly give the IRS more than they owe, or submit to taxes they weren’t required to pay. So why is it that people and businesses allow themselves to be unfairly “taxed” by Google? ... Read more...
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