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Ever tried Microsoft's Office 365? Now you can! The company's long-awaited cloud productivity suite is now ready to be used, with the service opening up on Sunday night for beta use. Final launch is still slated for sometime later in the year, but this opening is a major step towards that goal. Office 365 is designed to help small, medium and large businesses that would rather not handle so many administrative duties in-house. Instead, Office 365 allows those duties to be ushered in the direction of Microsoft. It's a bundle of always-on online services that tie into the company's Office software and should enable access to "work, contacts, and calendars from your desktop and mobile devices, including... Read more...
Microsoft's Office for Mac portal has been a little wonky for us today, which might be the result of increased traffic and downloads. Why, you ask? The Redmond outfit is now offering a free trial of its Office for Mac 2011 software. The trial lets Mac users test out full versions of the software, albeit for 30 days (Windows users can play around with Office for 60 days, plus a lot longer with the rearm trick). Once the trial expires, you have to purchase a boxed copy or a product activation key. This isn't entirely new territory for Microsoft. The software giant also offered trial versions of Office for Mac 2008, but has been slow going in rolling out trial downloads for its 2011 suite. This... Read more...
Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage program (OGA), is no more. Reportedly, Microsoft has quietly retired the program, which formerly was used to validate an Office installation before add=ins or templates could be downloaded, without fanfare. In fact, Ed Bott discovered that Microsoft mentioned the shutdown in a KB article, 917999. One sentence at the beginning of the article says: "The Office Genuine Advantage (“OGA”) program has been retired." Additionally, at the top of the KB article, the article is now said to be "Retired KB Content," with a Last Review date of December 17, 2010. This implies that Microsoft retired OGA just a few days ago. It's unclear why Microsoft made this... 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 hassle of dealing with Works' antiquated interface or separate file types. Unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages to the new version. As its name implies, Office Starter Edition is an extremely limited version of the standard Office suite. Only two applications—Word and Excel—are included in the bundle and neither are full versions. The following features are... Read more...
Simple software launches don't often grace the front page here at Hot Hardware, but Office is the 800lb. gorilla that no one can ignore. Yet. Google is working tirelessly to replace the need for standalone desktop Office products with Google Documents, an online suite of similar products that can be used on any machine connected to the Internet. It's a shift toward cloud-based computing, and Microsoft's obviously not ignoring that bandwagon. This week, the company launched their latest version of Office: Office 2010. Early reviews have found that this shouldn't be high on your upgrade list if you're a simple home user, but for enterprises who need to create files that are more graphically intense... Read more...
Every other week or so, we get the feeling that Google is making strides in fully taking over the world. Be it search advancements, Android advancements or their drive into being an ISP, Google is getting their hands dirty with almost everything. Google Docs has been around for years, and while many tech enthusiasts have shifted to them over desktop versions of Microsoft Office, the vast majority still haven't.Google is hoping to change that, and they're constantly working to improve the services to make them more viable alternatives to desktop office suite applications. The latest round of improvements are some of the most significant in the life of the web apps. There are new preview versions... Read more...
Razer's Naga had an awful lot of buttons. But with all due respect, those buttons had a purpose. For avid gamers that spent the most of their time within a MMO such as World of Warcraft, those extra thumb buttons sure come in handy. But seriously--is there anyone out there who would actually confess to being an avid Office user? The OOMouse is easily one of the most unique (and odd) mice we have ever seen, and frankly, one of the ugliest as well. We had to double check in order to make sure this mouse didn't actually first see the light of day in the mid-90s, but amazingly, it just launched this past week. It was designed and built by WarMouse, and it's said to be the "first multi-button application... 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 didn’t mention the competition from Google during the announcement, many analysts see this latest move from Microsoft as part of the company’s strategy to protect one of its most profitable businesses against Google. Sheri McLeish, an analyst with Forrester Research, said "Microsoft was forced to provide a free product" as an answer to Google Docs. "It's a very competitive market out there, and this was Microsoft's opportunity to one-up Google by offering a... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft have had something more significant than just a working relationship for some time now, but it looks like that partnership just got ratcheted up a notch. As more and more outfits (Adobe, for one) offer full applications online, Dell has landed a deal that will allow it to sell "digital" versions of Microsoft products. In fact, the newly created Dell Download Store is the very first non-Microsoft consumer site authorized for downloads.Wares such as Word, Excel and Outlook are now available from the Dell Download Store, though there's no word on just how far the expansion will go. Sadly, it seems as if the prices aren't the best, with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 listed... Read more...
Although it's still having trouble getting people to move from Office 2003 to Office 2007, Microsoft said a week ago at the TechEd conference that it would launch an invitation-only Technical Preview Program of the new Office in July. Never let that sort of thing stop BitTorrent downloaders, apparently. Leaked copies of the Technical Preview have reached P2P networks. Although the first information I received on this were from one site and one set of torrent links (remember that Office 2010 will come in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors), its hit more reputable (we know, we know, the RIAA would laugh over this nomenclature) sites such as Mininova as well. Of course, any downloading of this software is... Read more...
College students with a valid ".edu" e-mail address from an accredited institution can snag a download of Microsoft Office 2007 for less than $60.With ever more free options (think OpenOffice) and college students being a traditionally poor and penny-pinching market, the average college student isn't going to shell out $679.95 for Microsoft Office Ultimate.The Ultimate Steal, as it's called, lets students snag a copy for $59.95. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Groove, Publisher, Access and InfoPath 2007 and Accounting Express 2008.The eligibility requirements are that you have to have a "valid e-mail address at an educational institution ending with the domain suffix .EDU"... Read more...
A blog post on the Microsoft-run Channel 10 site has verified that the upcoming Office Web product, which we wrote about earlier --- Office in the browser, in other words --- will work on Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, on multiple platforms. As we previously wrote, this is finally a real answer by Microsoft to Google Docs, an application suite based in the cloud, though as Microsoft said, lighter versions of the apps. From the post's Q and A, by Sarah Perez: Q: Do the Office Web Applications require Internet Explorer? A: No! Office Web applications will work across multiple platforms and browsers including Safari and Firefox, too. Q: Will the Office Web Applications work on the iPhone?... Read more...
It's difficult to function productively in a professional or educational environment without access to Microsoft Office. Many offices supply the software to its employees at work and some universities even give copies of it to incoming students. But if you don't fall into either camp and you require a legal copy of the software, you could spend anywhere between $149.95 and $679.95, depending on which version you need. And you might want to start saving your pennies now, because the next version of Microsoft Office (codenamed "Office 14") is rumored to be due out sometime next year (the Alpha program for Office 14 should begin in the next two months). Microsoft Office is not the only game in town,... Read more...
Remember Albany, the beta version of Microsoft's subscription-based version of Office and Windows Live OneCare that launched in mid-April? Well, Albany is now Equipt, but you won't find it in the state of New York: for now, starting in mid-July, you'll find it only at Circuit City. In a press release on Wednesday, Microsoft announced the launch: Initially code-named “Albany,” Microsoft Equipt offers consumers Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, giving them the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for their personal and school projects; Windows Live OneCare, the all-in-one security and PC management service; Windows Live tools, such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger... Read more...
AMD has announced a management shakeup. They're struggling mightily to compete with industry leader Intel right now. AMD COO Dirk Meyer is reshuffling his executive personnel deck by moving some people sideways, some people up the ladder -- and some were given an empty printer paper box to clean their desk into before being escorted to the door. Oops, I meant they've: "...left the company to pursue other opportunities...""AMD is in a precarious situation right now from a business standpoint and it has to take some drastic measures," said Brian Matus, vice president of market research at IC Insights. "I am surprised there haven't been more moves. I think AMD had to take some cost-cutting measures... Read more...
It was only February when Microsoft had a big issue with Fasthosts providing a streamed version of Office, but it seems their tone has softened.Worried by the small but growing number of small businesses and consumers switching from Microsoft Office to cheaper or free online alternatives such as Google Apps, Microsoft Corp. plans to arm a key cohort of its formidable legion of partners to help fight the threat to Office 2.0.Microsoft plans to test a yearlong change to a key part of its license for Office 2007 that will, according to multiple sources, enable Web hosting service providers to offer Microsoft Office via an emerging technology called application streaming.The sources said Microsoft... Read more...
You'll recall that Microsoft has removed the "kill switch" in Windows Vista, meaning that users of suspected counterfeit copies will nagged rather than losing functionality. Microsoft is about to launch a pilot program for Office, with similar nagging notifications."Consumers will receive a pop-up dialog box alerting them that their Microsoft Office software is not genuine," said Cori Hartje, the director of Microsoft's Genuine Software Initiative, the company's anti-counterfeit operation.According to Hartje, the new OGA notification system will display a pop-up the first time each day a user opens any Office application, and it will follow that with another dialog box two hours later. The process... Read more...
Need to access older versions of certain Office files and suddenly can't?  Did you install SP3?If you need to access old Microsoft file formats for early versions of Word, Excel, or Powerpoint -- but you've suddenly and dramatically found yourself unable to do so -- there's an intentional reason from Microsoft behind that conundrum, according to a bulletin put out by Microsoft last month.The reason for the unexpected incompatibility is that, by default, the SP3 update, which became available in mid-September, blocks the file formats used by these older desktop productivity tools from Microsoft.Moreover, the same also holds true for the file formats used in older versions of products that... Read more...
Run, don't walk, to your nearest PC to sign up.   Only the first 15,000 registrants will get in, according to Ulteo, developers of the online version.The beta which is open to the first 15,000 subscribers, offers access to the complete OpenOffice suite without any prior installation, and 1GB of free storage.The suite also adds collaboration capabilities, allowing multiple users to work on a shared document, with the changes tracked in real time.Ulteo clearly has high hopes for the software, citing the potential uses in schools and colleges. The company also claims that taking OpenOffice online could help broaden adoption of the open-source office package.There are apparently still openings... Read more...
It's here.  Now the question is, can we toggle the Ribbon off?As promised, Microsoft has released SP1 for Office 2007 today, available on their Office download site. At the same time, Microsoft has released SP1 for Visio 2007 and Project 2007.The Office 2007 SP1 link, which was dead until just a few minutes ago, is now live, and is here. As I indicated earlier, for now, due to recent concerns over Automatic Updating, this will be a manual-only install.Did we ask about the Ribbon yet?  Based on the linked whitepaper, it doesn't look like turning off the oft-criticized Ribbon is a new option.  Heavy sigh.... Read more...
Online office packages beware!  There's a new player on the field, and its name is Live Documents, developed by Instant Collaboration Software Technologies out of Bangalore.  Interestingly enough, one of the company principals is Bhaita, who sold Hotmail to Microsoft in '97 for a reported $400 million USD.“The software supports any browser that supports Flash from Adobe Systems Inc. and runs on any computer operating system, said Sumanth Raghavendra, chief executive officer of InstaColl. Online documents can also be synchronized and worked with off-line, using a desktop client that wraps around an office suite running on the desktop, Raghavendra said. Live Documents automatically synchronizes... Read more...
Poor box office receipts have been blamed on a number of things (besides a bad movie, that is), including poor weather, natural disasters, embarrassing news for the stars, strong box office competition, etc.  This is the first time we have heard a video game blamed for bad box office.Industry expectations for "The Heartbreak Kid," the date movie that re-teamed him with the Farrelly brothers (the duo who made him a megastar in "There's Something About Mary"), called for a $20 million to $25 million opening for the film. Instead, "Kid," which cost north of $60 million to make, managed only $14 million in the U.S. and Canada -- heartbreaking, indeed.But there's more. Total industry ticket sales... Read more...
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