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If new leaked roadmaps are accurate, the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iOS won't see the light of day before mid-2014. A new set of Office updates are supposed to drop with Windows Blue later this year, and Metro versions of more Office applications are in development. There's an Office RT update package for Windows RT aimed at early 2014. But support for iOS and Android devices? That's more than a year away. And Outlook RT, easily the largest hole in the Windows RT Office suite, may not ship for another year. By then, no one may care. Consider history: Microsoft's office suite rose to prominence thanks to the advent of Windows itself. Before Windows 3.0, WordPerfect dominated the word processing... Read more...
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...
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