Review Category : Microsoft

Yahoo has changed significantly since Marissa Mayer took over the company.  In fact before she became CEO, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a deal with then interim CEO Ross Levinsohn wherein Yahoo would turn over its entire search business — patents and all — in exchange for Microsoft’s large online media property, MSN.com, and long-term, guaranteed cash payments.  Within 24 hours of hearing the deal Mayer killed it and fired the executive who had spent months negotiating it.   A few months later rumors came about that Mayer had met with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to discuss the possibility of partnering to create a search engine. Some time later Mayer tried to slow the rollout of its search deal with Microsoft.  Court filings showed Mayer questioned Microsoft’s commitment.  A U.S. judge ended up ruling that Yahoo must adopt Microsoft’s search technology in Taiwan and Hong Kong under their partnership.  Mayer ...

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Microsoft announced Office for iPad two days back and it is already a hit among consumers. While the free download only allows you to view or present the documents, Office 365 subscription allows you to create and edit documents on the go. Office 365 subscription costs around $99 per year (Amazon is now offering for a deal price of $67). According to Office 365 licensing terms, you can use Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets. CNET has now discovered that Microsoft is now enforcing the 5 tablets limit on Office 365 accounts. This loophole will allow any iPad user to use a single Office 365 subscription ID to unlock editing features on Office for iPad apps. Microsoft provided the following statement on this loophole, “Similar to our commercial use rights, we do not strictly enforce the limit on tablet installations, but trust that our users ...

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Many years ago when Android started to become more popular and eat into the iPhone’s dominance, Apple made a decision to lessen their reliance on Google.  In what became a PR nightmare, Apple created their own mapping solution and stopped using Google Maps.  In addition on the backend, Siri is now powered by Bing.  This was done well over a year ago and an announcement was made at the time.  Up until now we have not had any numbers as to how many queries Bing receives from Siri users.   Qi Lu, the longtime head of Microsoft’s search and online services, shed some light on this in a recent interview with Recode: We haven’t heard a lot about search in a while. We’ve heard that Yahoo hasn’t been very happy with the partnership. Is it critical to Bing’s future to have that Yahoo partnership? We’re very happy with the Yahoo partnership. ...

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In the wake of the  Kibkalo/Canouna controversy Microsoft has made some fundamental privacy changes for Outlook.com (Hotmail) email accounts.  Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith gave us an update on the changes: Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required. Google, Yahoo, and Apple have made no such changes to their privacy policies.  This is the right move for consumers and Microsoft should be applauded for making the changes.  That being said I think this “controversy” was taken way out of proportion and was twisted and sensationalized by the mainstream anti-Microsoft tech media. Source: Microsoft on the Issues ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Video Network, a new offering that enables advertisers to buy user-initiated, non-skippable pre-roll video ads on brand-safe sites across 350 publishers. The Microsoft Video Network will help advertisers to reach for their campaigns outside of Microsoft’s owned and operated properties. Microsoft claims that Microsoft Video Network is hugely competitive when it comes to audience targeting, using a combination of Microsoft’s unique first party data along with leading third-party data providers. Over the past six years advertising budgets have moved away from traditional TV and into online video –accelerated by changes in traditional media consumption such as multiscreen and on-demand viewing, alongside technological advances that have led to digital media buying becoming less and less complex. These factors have led to video advertising spend rising approximately 85 per cent year on year according to the IAB, with the current supply and demand models ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. The deal included rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. Speaking to Gamespot, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has explained why the studio sold the Gears of War franchise. In short, they got bored with this franchise and had more exciting plans for the games of future. Even though they loved the franchise, they wanted to move in a new direction. “We’ve gone through a long process of figuring out the games we’re going to build at Epic worldwide in the future and we concluded that we weren’t going to be building any more Gears of War,” “The core Gears values are really tied ...

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Microsoft created quite a buzz yesterday by releasing Office for iPad suite in App Store. Consumer response is great and it is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. If you are planning to buy a Office 365 subscription which is required to use editing/creating features on Office for iPad, Amazon is running a great deal. Amazon is selling 1 year subscription for just $67! Find the deal here from Amazon. Office 365 Home Premium subscription for $67 (usually costs $99 per year) will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs ...

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To celebrate the launch of Office for iPad, Microsoft Store is running a great promotion for those who live near Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store will offer a free year of Office 365 subscription to the first 50 people who bring an iPad to a given retail location from March 28th through March 30th. Office 365 Home Premium subscription usually costs $99 per year and will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets3 Easily access your docs with Office Mobile apps for iPhones, Android, and Windows phones 20 GB OneDrive storage per user, for up to 5 users Call phones in over 60 countries with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month2 You can find the list of Microsoft Store retail locations ...

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At the press event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced Office for iPad suite. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps to be specific. OneNote for iPad is already available in App Store. Microsoft yesterday released an updated version of iPad with new design. Reviews of the new Office for iPad suite are on the positive side and even the consumer reaction has been great. Consumer response is evident from the fact that Office for iPad apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint now ranks No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Apple iTunes App Store in several markets around the world. Also, OneNote for iPad is rising among the Top 10 lists in several markets. So far, it’s a great news for Microsoft. Also, Apple App Store is now promoting Office for iPad in its Featured category list giving these apps a much needed promotion. Apple CEO Tim Cook ...

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  Microsoft is working on the upcoming launch of Kinect for Windows v2. Yesterday, they shared the hardware’s final look. Sensor The sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus—the stylized green “x”—has been changed to a simple, more understated power indicator. Hub and power supply The sensor requires a couple other components to work: the hub and the power supply. Tying everything together is the hub (top item pictured below), which accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. The power supply (bottom item pictured below) does just what its name implies: it supplies all the power the sensor requires to operate. The power cables will vary by country or region, but the power supply itself supports voltages from 100–240 volts. Source: Kinect blog ...

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Hot on the heels of releasing Office for iPad suite comprising of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Microsoft has quietly updated the OneNote for iPad app. This app now features redesigned UI for iOS 7 and other several improvements. Photos of whiteboards and documents are now auto-cropped and enhanced. What’s New in Version 2.2: •Beautifully redesigned for iOS 7 •Photos of whiteboards and documents are now auto-cropped and enhanced •Bug fixes Key Features: • Sync your notebooks across computers and devices • Your notes look the same on all your devices including formatting and ink notes from pen enabled devices. • Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format notes the way you want • Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase. Sync your work notes stored on SharePoint or on Office 365 with your iPad. Here are some more ...

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Other than consumers and investors, even Apple CEO seems to be excited about Office for iPad launch. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple today posted a welcome message to the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for the launch of Office for iPad. Microsoft CEO Satya in turn thanked Tim Cook for his message and tweeted that he is excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers. It’s good to see two CEOs of leading technology company having a nice little conversation on public forum. You can check out the tweets here and here. Relates posts, Microsoft Announces Office For iPad, Available For Download In Few Hours Microsoft Office Suite Apps Word, Excel And PowerPoint Now Available As Free Download From Apple AppStore Microsoft Releases Office Mobile Apps For Free For iPhone And Android Devices   ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the demanding requirements of large enterprises. With Azure AD Premium customers can reset forgotten passwords, manage their groups and set up company branded portals for launching these SaaS applications with a single set of corporate credentials. Azure AD Premium provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud with a 99.9% SLA, and no limitation on the number of resources in your directory. Application access management. Azure AD provides employees with single sign-on access to their cloud applications from many different browsers and mobile devices. With recent additions there over 1200 cloud applications in the AD Application Gallery. Azure AD Premium lets you assign application access ...

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As expected, Microsoft announced Enterprise Mobility Suite at the press event today. EMS is the comprehensive cloud solution to address consumerization of IT, BYOD, and SaaS challenges for the Enterprise IT. The EMS is the most complete platform for organizations to embrace these mobility and cloud trends. Microsoft claims that EMS is simply the only solution that has combined all of the capabilities needed to fully enable users in this new, mobile, cloud-enabled world. The suite is the most cost effective way to acquire all of the included cloud services: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium Windows Intune Microsoft Azure Rights Management The capabilities packaged in the EMS are a giant step beyond simple MDM. The EMS is a people-first approach to identity, devices, apps, and data – and it allows you to actively build upon what you already have in place while proactively empowering your workforce well into the future. The EMS ...

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Along with the announcement about the availability of Office for iPad, Microsoft quietly released free Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Previously, you require Office 365 subscription to use Office Mobile apps on these platforms, now Microsoft is offering them under freemium model. You can download the apps for free and use it for viewing and presenting. If you want to create or edit the documents, you need to have a Office 365 subscription. Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play. ...

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As expected, Office for iPad suite is now available for download from iTunes AppStore. It’s easy to pick up these apps and get started, because it’s like the Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience you already know. It features the familiar ribbon navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience and no keyboard is required. Microsoft Word app: The real Microsoft Word app designed for iPad. Now your Word documents look great on the iPad. When you edit or create documents, you can be confident they will look exactly how you want across PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word for iPad has the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Word for iPad is part of Microsoft Office. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Word ...

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