Review Category : Office

Microsoft today announced the new Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com), a central hub for developers Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. This new developer portal helps developers find top development tasks, including information, resources, and tools for app development in the cloud. Microsoft is in the progress of unifying their platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and this newly streamlined Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com) is one of the main steps. The previous MSDN experience was the result of various projects and technologies growing somewhat independently, and as a result, we were maintaining six different developer centers dedicated to various Office products and the cloud app model. In this redesign, we’ve consolidated 198 landing and resource pages from across six sites into 25 strategically curated pages. The new experience is much closer to the way that we on the engineering team vision the platform moving forward. I’ve stressed ...

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  Microsoft is celebrating the 1oth birthday of OneNote this month. OneNote has evolved from being a simple Windows note taking application to a cross platform tool which millions rely on everyday. David Rasmussen is the Partner Group Program Manager of OneNote and coincidentally has been working on OneNote for almost exactly 10 years. This month OneNote celebrates 10 years of helping users capture notes at home, school, work and anywhere in between. In that time, OneNote has grown and added features for managing everything from recipe collections, to class notes, to projects and events–across phones and tablets, as well as the PC. Source: OneNote ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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  Apple had a media event yesterday in the US where it announced a new wave of updated products across its portfolio. During its presentation, Apple executives compared Microsoft’s strategy with theirs to make their point. I disagree with all three cases they made against Microsoft. Here are they, 1) Apple CEO Tim Cook made the following statement to make the point that they are clearly focused on developing MacOS and MacBooks. “Our competition is different: They’re confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they’ll do next? I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you that we’re focused.” My take on it: Windows OEMs were focused on selling netbooks because it really sold well. In fact, totally 40 million netbooks were sold in 2008. Netbooks defined the category of companion device which will go along ...

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Microsoft today won a major public sector contract in the US for its subscription based productivity suite Office 365. The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50,000 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. Public sector enterprise mainly demands enterprise and security-ready solutions in which Microsoft clearly has advantage over other cloud players like Google. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities. Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. ...

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Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points. One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%). Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013′s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7. Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following, Office suite included Always have the latest versions of: Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents. Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button. Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting. Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer ...

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SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. Microsoft released SkyDrive Pro app for iOS devices back in June and now the app got updated to v1.1. SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 brings the mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. You can open document on SharePoint Online in Office 365, and edit it using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on iOS device. Microsoft has made a connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad). Download SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 from App Store. ...

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Microsoft already has a hidden gem in its Office suite, it’s called OneNote. OneNote is an excellent note taking app. Using OneNote, you can take notes, add images, videos,   to-dos, files, and audio recordings anywhere on the page. All your notes are available on all your devices, OneNote works with Windows, Windows Phone, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and Android phone. You can even use it in Web browsers with the OneNote Web App. And you can use OneNote to share notebooks that everyone can view and edit. See what changes were made, and who made them. You can even share with people who don’t have OneNote. In the mobile world, services like Evernote emerged to be a winner because of their superior mobile apps and availability on all platforms. OneNote came late on mobile and it seems Microsoft is focusing more on improving it. In the annual company meeting held ...

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At their annual company meeting, Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer demonstrated an upcoming Windows 8 app from the Office team codenamed ‘Office Reader’. Office Reader is supposed to be a cross format tool for consuming different types of content. He also demoed no.of updates coming to Office in the upcoming “Gemini” wave. Recently, Microsoft described the below in their re-org memo. “We will ensure that the tools handle multimedia (photos, videos, text, charts and slides) in an integrated way and natively online. These documents/websites will be easily sharable and easily included in meetings. They will offer complex options such as imbedded logic and yet be easy to author, search and view. These documents will be readable from a browser, but the experience will be infinitely better if read, annotated or presented with our tools.” I guess the Office Reader exactly does the same. Office Reader app will support web pages, Office documents, ...

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Microsoft today released an updated OneNote app for iPad and iPhone devices in App Store. OneNote on the iPad now allows you to create notebooks on the iPad as well as create, delete and rename sections. For iPad, • Create new notebooks within SkyDrive • Create, rename or delete sections • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes For iPhone, • Major reduction in download and installation size • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes You can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store. Source: OneNote ...

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pr Microsoft today announced the increase in storage space for users of SkyDrive Pro, A cloud storage service for business. SkyDrive Pro delivers the features in a file sync solution, and also provides content management, compliance, and content management controls. Following improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers were announced today Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB. With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you. Source: Office blog ...

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Microsoft has released couple of new ads for Office 365 to promote it among consumers targeting the back to school season. In one ad, a dad gives his son a laptop with Office 365 University installed, and in another a mother presents her daughter a laptop with Office 365 University installed. Even though both the ads involves Office 365, they don’t show any new features and capabilities of the Office 365. Instead, they focus on what parents and children really think about at that moment. Check out the both the videos. ...

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Microsoft has released their Power BI App for Windows 8/RT devices. This app allows you to view live reports from Office 365 server. Description: Stay connected to your favorite Office 365 based reports from wherever you are through a connected BI experience provided by the Microsoft’s Power BI for Windows mobile BI app. The Power BI mobile app allows you to view and stay connected to multiple live reports from Office 365 from your Windows tablet. Tag your favorite reports in the Power BI Site in Office 365 and have them appear in the mobile app or browse and discover new Office 365 reports from your tablet. Explore reports with the touch optimized experience and quickly share insights with colleagues. Please note that in order to use your own reports the Power BI for Windows mobile app will require a Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 account. To find out ...

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Microsoft is now offering a great deal for people who are planning to buy Office 365 subscription. You can get 12 months of Xbox Live Gold with your Office 365 subscription. You can either buy Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription or Office 365 University to enjoy this offer. Activate Office 365 Purchase and activate an Office 365 Home Premium annual or Office 365 University subscription between July 18, 2013 and September 28, 2013. Get your Xbox code Get your code by October 31, 2013 by signing in with the Microsoft account email and password you used to set up your Office 365 subscription. Redeem your Xbox code Redeem your code at Xbox.com or on your Xbox 360 console to begin your 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership. Check out the deal here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Outlook Web Access (OWA) for iPhone and OWA for iPad. These OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional native platform capabilities. Push notifications that actively notify you of new email Meeting reminders pop up, even when the app is closed Voice activated actions like scheduling a meeting or sending email Contact sync so that OWA contacts are recognized by the iPhone’s caller ID function Remote wipe capability that allows IT to delete email and calendar data in the app from the device in the event that the device gets lost or the user leaves the organization These apps provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. If you are wondering about Windows Phone app, Windows ...

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