Microsoft yesterday announced their partnership with i-fixit, the online repair manual site, to develop and test a curriculum to help people start a small business offering repair services for mobile phone, tablets and laptops. Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program (RRP) already works with thousands of PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs. This new program called Pro Tech Network is a free, comprehensive program designed to make it easy for people to start new businesses fixing cell phones, tablets, and computers. iFixit and Microsoft aim for it to create thousands of new repair businesses around the world. The explosion of mobile devices means the refurbishment industry will need new knowledge, tools, and techniques to meet new challenges. The Pro Tech Network helps people learn to repair PCs, smartphones and tablets—and create businesses with these skills. Written by iFixit and sponsored by Microsoft, the Pro Tech Network collaboration ensures up-to-date business ...

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After selling the Devices and Services unit to Microsoft, Nokia is planning to again enter the consumer product business with a new product. According to a Nokia job listing, Nokia is planning to launch a product that is currently being developed under Everyday Adventures vertical and will be in the US market for this holidays under the HERE brand. HERE is looking for a Head of Marketing for the Everyday Adventures vertical which is currently developing a stealth product intended to launch in the US for holiday 2014. Under the HERE brand umbrella you will develop the full marketing mix and launch a unique consumer experience around the motivations and needs of an active outdoor lifestyle community globally. Specifically, You will build the full brand offering behind a category defining range of disruptive soft- and hardware products including packaging, pricing and distribution You will be responsible for developing the global ...

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Adaptiva, a leading, global provider of add-ons for Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) conducted a survey with over 100 attendees at Microsoft TechEd North America 2014 conference. The survey revealed that 53% of organizations are still running the decade old Windows XP OS. Over 25% of them are concerned about security while 15% had purchased extended support from Microsoft. Why are they reluctant to move? The biggest reason to migrating from Windows XP was application compatibility (29%), followed by time (15%), cost (4%), and user training (2%). Respondents also showed stronger than anticipated adoption of Windows 8, with 17% moving to Windows 8 or a mixed Windows 7+8 environment. Nearly half (43%) of respondents represent companies with more than 10,000 nodes (desktops, laptops, servers), including 13% with more than 100,000. Eighty percent of those surveyed were running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) in their organization. The greatest challenge ...

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According to me, the real highlight of Microsoft’s quarterly financial results releases yesterday was regarding their Cloud OS business. Cloud OS represents the fastest growing opportunity for Microsoft. Quarter after quarter, Microsoft is driving growth and customer adoption. In fact, commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion. Also, server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%, with double-digit growth for SQL Server and System Center. “Our results reflect our customers’ long-term commitments to our products and services, and strong execution by our field teams. We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.” Satya Nadella commented the following on Cloud OS ...

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Ar COMPUTEX, HP today announced HP Pro x2 612, a detachable two-in-one notebook PC for business users. The HP Pro x2 612 is HP’s first commercial detachable PC, designed for enterprise users. It will compete against Surface Pro 3 in the enterprise. It has a 12.5-inch diagonal display, Intel Core i3/i5 processors including a vPro option, HP BIOS, HP Client Security, HP Sure Start, Smart Card Reader, HP TPM and an optional fingerprint reader. Businesses can either buy HP Pro Tablet 612 as a standalone tablet  or buy a full-size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery to use it as a laptop. The keyboard also features VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports and side docking connector for optional HP UltraSlim dock. As far as battery life is concerned, the device can provide eight hours and 15 minutes of battery life for the tablet and up to ...

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During SharePoint Conference 2014, Microsoft announced a lot of features that will come to OneDrive for Business in Office 365. Now, they are beginning to roll out some of the new features including Simple Controls, Site Folders, smarter Search, and more. Simple Controls We’re making it even easier to achieve the most common tasks in OneDrive for Business. The new Simple Controls (new, upload, sync, edit, manage, and share) appear directly above your personal work document folders. With one click or touch, you can create new Office documents, upload files, initiate sync to take your files offline, share your files internally and externally, and more. Site Folders So you decided to follow a SharePoint Online site—one of my favorite features of the original SharePoint 2013 release. I bet one of the main reasons you choose to follow a site is for the content you and/or others manage there. This is where the new Site ...

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At Mobile World Congress today, HP announced a new business focused mid-range Windows tablet called ProPad 600. This business focused Windows tablet comes with a 10.1-inch  1,920 x 1,200, optically bonded display that supports pen input. Also the build quality is down to plastic from aluminum and the CPU is 64-bit Intel Baytrail chip. The device will also sport 8MP camera on the back, 2MP camera on the front and Micro-HDMI support as well. The device will also come with a microSD slot and a standard micro-USB port for charging. Since it is a mid-range device, there is no option for LTE Radio and there is no support for HP Smart Jackets as well. The device will hit the market in April 2nd – 3rd week.   ...

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HP already has a business focused Windows tabled called ElitePad 900 with last gen specs. Today at MWC, HP announced the successor to ElitePad 900 called ElitePad 1000. HP ElitePad 1000 follows the same design language of ElitePad 900 with aluminum design. But the internals are now update to offer better performance. It now features Intel 64-bit Bay Trail CPU and full HD screen. It now features a USB 3.0 port instead of USB 2.0. Also, it features LTE radio as well. The device will be available in March starting $739. On the battery life front, it still offers the same 10 hours which ElitePad 900 provided. HP also ensured that this new tablet will support the existing smart covers, etc. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. This user guide package includes a range of guides and video tutorials that will help enterprise users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials - A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption. You can download the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training. Microsoft also noted that this ...

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HP today announced two business focused laptops running Windows 8.1. The two new devices are EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 and EliteBook Revolve G2. EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 comes with machined aluminum body, 14-inch display that weighs 3.3 pounds 15.9mm thinner. It is powered by Intel 4th gen processor and offers upto 10 hours battery life. You can choose between 1,600 x 900 or 1,920 x 1,080 display with an optional touchscreen option. It comes with Synaptics’ ForcePad trackpad technology, military’s MIL-STD 810G specifications support, Intel vPro processors, fingerprint sensor and a Smart Card reader. It is already on sale with starting price of $1,299. Another new business Ultrabook convertiable announced is the new Revolve G2. The design is a traditional convertible with a touchscreen that can converted into tablet mode. All expected improvements like latest Intel processor, support for LTE and improved stylus are present. It will go on sale ...

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After polling nearly 10,000 “information workers” Forrester Research found 32% of employees preferred a Windows to power their next tablet. 12% wanted Windows 7 on their tablet while 20% wanted Windows 8. Forrester commented that “Windows 8 has higher interest than we expected among employees” and that it “bodes well for Windows 8′s prospects for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand.” They suggested employees will force IT to have a formal support policy for Windows 8 for employee-owned devices and that Windows 8 will accelerate BYOD demand. Read more at Forrester.com here. Via Fiercemobile.it ...

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