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Rivals Microsoft and Apple both stand to benefit from the former making available its Office productivity suite on the latter's iPad devices, and having now done that, the reception by users has been encouraging. Barely more than a week after launching its suite of apps on iPad, Microsoft took to Twitter to announce 12 million combined downloads of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, each of which are available individually for free. This launch was a long time coming. It had been rumored for the past couple of years, but rivalries being what they are, Microsoft avoided iOS longer than it should have. Perhaps that will be a lesson for next time -- as for right now, Microsoft's Office apps are... 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, PowerPoint, and Excel. With the free versions, users can read their Word documents, view their Excel data, and give presentations using PowerPoint. To actually edit and create new documents, users need to pony up for an Office 365 subscription. "Your Office 365 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for... 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 appear that much of anything has changed with the new Office Online name, but it’s clear that people weren’t using the service as much as Microsoft would like. “First, we’re renaming Office Web Apps to Office Online so you know where to find our free online experience. We heard from customers that the inclusion of Apps in our name was confusing,” writes... Read more...
In some cases, it's best to build your own. In other cases, it's best to just partner with the market leader. Microsoft is leaning towards that latter option this week as it pertains to the latest Office 365 addition, with a new DocuSign partnership destined to bring eSignature support to its flagship cloud product. It's a long-term deal that should make the process of signing documents shuffled around in the Office world that much easier. And, instead of having to leave the Office 365 ecosystem, you'll be able to submit authorized signatures right from within. The app will be tightly integrated into Word, SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2013, and Outlook. All of the processed documents... 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 Mary Jo Foley believes that the opposite will be true. “But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year,” she wrote. “According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK'd the suggestion by the Office team that they'd bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely... 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 affects all versions of Microsoft Office (2003 and up), Web Apps, and SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1 and later. Bulletin 2 is aimed at solving a problem with a PDF exploit in targeted attacks that Microsoft first addressed in Security Advisory (2914486) which allowed for an elevation of privilege in a kernel component of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Newer versions of the... 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 of course Office licenses cost a good bit of money even as Microsoft moves its iconic Office suite to the cloud with Office 365. To defray the cost for schools, Microsoft has launched its Student Advantage program that allows educational institutions who subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for faculty and staff to deliver Office 365 ProPlus to students for... Read more...
The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, actually. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we’re reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1... Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review... Microsoft... Read more...
The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, of course. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we’re reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft really needs its Surface 2 tablets to do... Read more...
Let’s not kid ourselves, the era of showing up to work at 8am, sitting at your desk all day, and leaving it all at the office at 5pm is over. Although that’s still the “standard” work paradigm, most workers find a sincere need for mobile productivity, whether that’s due to a long commute on the train in the morning and evening, frequent air travel, working with clients or colleagues in different geographic locations, or a thousand other miscellaneous scenarios. (Show of hands: Who hasn’t had to slip away from a family holiday gathering for a few minutes to take care of something work-related?) Our computing devices have had a parallel (if not causal) relationship... Read more...
Even the casual observer would recognize that the cloud wars are only just beginning, but there's also a related war that has been quietly ongoing beneath the surface, and it's just now starting to gain traction in the mainstream. The tried-and-true Office suite, built-up by Microsoft, has shifted online. From Office 365 to Google Docs to Apple's iWork suite, it's clear that the future of document editing, collaboration, and spreadsheet making is online. In order to keep pace with the competition, Google is making Quickoffice for Android and iOS available for free, for all who wish to download. The move comes just weeks after Apple announced that all iOS 7 devices would ship with the full mobile... Read more...
Microsoft might be struggling to make a good impression with its Windows RT platform, but thankfully for the company, its Office 365 service is much easier to brag about. Office 365 has now been available for 2 years, and given the worldwide usage for Office in general is about 1 billion, Microsoft takes its duties with moving us to the cloud extremely seriously. A common complaint about cloud services is that reliability can be a problem, and that's one issue in particular Microsoft doesn't want its name hovering around. The Holy Grail achievement for any online service provider is to be able to offer 99.9% uptime, and Microsoft accomplished that quite easily across the last four quarters. Starting... 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 announced that it would discontinue its Creative Suite and other CS products, so going forward any new customers will have to rely on the Creative Cloud, which requires a subscription-style membership as opposed to the purchase of a physical software box. Microsoft believes that Adobe pulled the trigger way too early. “Unlike Adobe, we think people's... Read more...
Extra security is always nice, isn't it? Particularly in a world where cyber attacks are becoming all the more common. These days, it feels like every major cloud service provider is either offering a two-factor authentication protocol, or planning to. Following the likes of Google and Apple, Microsoft is now rolling two-step login procedures out to select online accounts. Over the next few days, a "major upgrade" to Microsoft's account will roll out, and the most important addition is the inclusion of optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure. Everything from your Windows Phone, Xbox, Outlook.com, Skype, SkyDrive and Office accounts will be able to be that much more... Read more...
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