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Now that Microsoft has released Office 365 to the public, they need to offer a reason why it is worth small businesses to pay $6 every month instead of using the free Google Docs. One of the reasons, offered up on Microsoft’s Sharepoint business site, is that Google Docs do a very poor job of preserving the look and feel of a document, including removing important information such as a Confidential watermark for example. They write: People expect existing documents from their desktops to look exactly the same when shared in the cloud. In this demo, you will see completely different results when the same document is viewed using Word Web App vs. Google Documents. The demo can be seen at Microsoft’s website here, where it complains of missing graphics, watermarks and poor formatting. We have included the comparison above as an animated GIF which makes it clear how much ...

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It is a common misconception that Gmail is the biggest email service, but the truth is that Hotmail is largest internationally with 364 million users worldwide, and that it is second only to Yahoo Mail in USA, where it is pretty dominant. Microsoft is apparently not resting until its dominant worldwide, and is targeting frenemy Yahoo Mail in an effort to convert users. The site, which touts better security, fewer ads and less limitations on attachments, also a handy guide for switching from one to another. See Microsoft’s Move to Hotmail page here. ...

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Winbeta.it have revealed a brand new Office 15 application.  The app, which seems to be a repository and composition tool for multi-media with Metro inspiration, full purpose is not clear yet, but appears like it may be as at home in the desktop or tablet mode of Windows 8. More screen shots below, and keep an eye on Winbeta.it for more. Via: Angel of Despair ...

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Windows8Italia has been hacking Windows 8 M1 build and have uncovered a slew of new features: Standout features for consumers include cloud storage for settings, allowing them to be portable from computer to computer, API’s for tablet screen rotation, native support for Windows Phone 7-like push notifications,  permissions for apps, such as webcam access, streaming apps and of course being able to reset your computer to factory state. The full list is below: Will be possible to access the personalization, bookmarks and content from any computer , as you can read this in a string inside the file usercpl.dll (picture on top of this article) Possible presence of a new viewer Guide Improved stability of Windows Explorer when plugin is not working: a preview of the file will be generated on a separate process New page MAINTENANCE in the Control Panel Support for discs undo file to VHD Sizing dynamic ...

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It is sometimes difficult to imagine Metro in a complex user interface such as Office.  That task is no longer necessary, as a screenshot leaked by fivestar at Hotfix.net showing Office 15 Outlook looks pretty great running the Metro user interface, and shows perfectly Metro is good for more than a simple minimalist UI. Do our readers like the look? Let us know below. Edit: We have received information that this is in fact not a real product yet, but an internal Microsoft mock-up. Hopefully Microsoft was convinced by the very positive reaction to make this real. via Liveside.net. ...

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  March 2011 Monthly Unique Visitors YoY change Google.com 150,571,274 -2.49 Facebook.com 140,739,084 +14.49 Yahoo.com 137,436,891 -1.07 YouTube.com 123,406,835 +19.92 Bing.com 89,992,028 +44.19 Wikipedia.org 83,076,477 +7.61 Live.com 75,929,602 +4.13 Amazon.com 75,960,479 +13.63 MSN.com 75,875,255 +3.19 ebay.com 68,501,779 -1.20 Microsoft.com 62,750,035 +4.94 Data from Compete.com Bing continues its rapid growth compared, according to Comscore growing to 13.9% of the US search market in March 2011 and with Yahoo’s share now has 29.6% of the US market, confirming Experian Hitlinks’s recent claim. In terms of the popularity of the site itself, Compete.com shows the site is now the 5th most visited destination on the internet, passing Wikipedia recently and well ahead of Amazon.com which hold’s sixth place. Its growth was also a stunning 44% year on year, compared to Google, which saw its visits drop by 2.5% over the same period. Google has been facing challenges recently, with Facebook ready to bump ...

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It seems the Xbox 360 is developing a habit of winning.  Microsoft has announced the game console was the best selling video game console in March, according to NPD Group. Xbox 360 has been the number one selling console in the United States for nine out of the last 10 months. Xbox 360’s success last month and over the last several months was driven by strong console and software sales, as well as ongoing consumer demand for Kinect, the fastest selling consumer electronics device, according to Guinness World Records. March highlights from NPD Group include: • Xbox 360 sold 430,000 units in March, maintaining the number one console spot for the third month in a row. • Xbox 360 console sales were up 28 percent year over year, the largest growth of any current generation console on the market. • Total retail spend on Xbox 360 platform (hardware, software and ...

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A persistent complaint we hear is that Microsoft’s services, for a global company, is extremely US-centric. Hopefully their partnership with Nokia will help change it. One of the first fruits of that collaboration is that Microsoft Steetview, their Google Streetside competitor, is coming to Europe, courtesy of Nokia’s Navteq mapping cars (pictured above). Microsoft will apparently start by snapping London between March and June 2011, according to their schedule here, and unlike Streetside will not aim to map the whole city and all the streets in the country, but will stick to the business district and tourist attractions, ostensibly to protect privacy, but a limitation which I feel will reduce the value of the project immensely. Both Microsoft and Nokia have earlier said that mapping technology will be one of the lynchpins of their collaboration, with Microsoft planning to use it for location-based advertising and the two planning to share ...

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Raphael Riviera has spotted this sign, which clearly points the way to an SDK for Microsoft’s 3D depth-sensing Kinect sensor. It is believed Microsoft will announce a hobbyist and research SDK release tomorrow, with a commercial SDK released later this year. Microsoft has already demoed the Kinect controlling their World Wide Telescope PC stargazing package, and has set up several Kinects on the floor of their presentation stage, likely for use tomorrow. See the system in action below. ...

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At MIX 11 Microsoft also showed of some new user-interface controls for the upcoming Surface 2.0 SDK.  Like most of Microsoft’s new properties, the user interface shows clear Metro design inspiration, acknowledged by Luis Cabrera, from the Surface team. The Metro UI also extends to the new “ElementMenu”, which consolidates menu items into a block of tiles, rather than the radial menu used previously. The new Surface 2.0 SDK will be available in summer of 2011. Read more at iStartedsomething.com here. ...

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Redmondpie reports that Milestone 1 of Windows 8 (Build 7850) has now leaked onto the FTP sites. The build is pretty old, from the  22nd September 2010, but still carried many of the clues which has revealed what we can expect from Microsoft’s latest OS. The version leaked in full was 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508 and I expect in a few days a quick Bing will turn up  download link with little issue. ...

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Bing has continues to gain search share in the USA, according to Experian Hitwise.  Crucially both Bing itself and Yahoo, with its Bing-powered search have increased in market share, combined rising 5%, and resulting in a 3% drop in the previously seemingly unassailable search giant. Google earns close to half of its revenue from the US market, amplifying immensely the effect of market share loss in the domestic market.  The cumulative effect is also of advertisers needing to advertise on Bing to make sure they do not miss a significant share of the market, weakening Google’s negotiating power and leading to lower prices and revenue. With Google increasingly intimidated by Facebook, with whom Microsoft also has a search deal, and Google announcing bonuses may be cut by 25% of Google does not perform in social media, it may be the company has already seen its peak. Via The Next Web.com ...

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We posted yesterday on the new appearance of Bing noticed by one of our readers.  It seems what Agha was in fact looking was the rather cool new HTML5 version of Bing, which features all kinds of transitions and eye candy. WinPhonia caught it on video, and reports the following changes once a search is made: The page faded into a black and then back to white, revealing the search results. The entire header has been modified; the placement of the Bing logo changed from residing on the top left to the extreme right in the current update. The search categories are now contained within a black strip that encompasses most of the header. The faded homepage background contained within the header has shifted from the middle, to the right side. The search form has been increased in size; from the dimensions of 387×27, to 765×29. When switching between categories ...

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New above, old below. Click for full-size. Agha has written to let us know that he noticed a new look to the Bing result page which only lasted a few minutes. He did however manage to take a screen shot, and the changes appear concentrated in the header. The new design appear to feature the starker boundaries and lack of gradients more typical of the Metro design, and moves the Bing logo to the right of the screen rather than top left. Agha notes the design was pulled soon after, and it is not clear whether we will see this rolled out to everyone eventually. Microsoft is pretty famous for their A:B testing, where they roll out competing changes to a random selection of users and see which one results in the best performance. What do our readers think of the new look? Better or worse? Let us know below. ...

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The way Microsoft is covered in the media one may think the company has about as much credibility as a fumbling buffoon. According to Fortune and CNN Money however, top business people disagree, rating the company as one of the leaders in innovation, and in encouraging and performing new business ideas. Seeking Alpha notes about Microsoft: With amazing products rolling out every year like Xbox Kinect, Windows Phone 7, Bing and Windows 7, Microsoft gets one of the best ratings from CEOs. Microsoft has a low P/E ratio of 11.10, and it supports a forward P/E ratio of 9.49. Microsoft had an EPS growth of 13.34% over the last five years. Microsoft is an immensely profitable company with a net profit margin of 30.8%. Given the current price of $26, Microsoft is dirt cheap. We expect the stock to beat the market with a large margin. Likely this will do ...

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