Microsoft is not having a good time in China in the recent months. Following the ban of Windows 8 and Office in some government offices, Microsoft offices in China were raided today by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Microsoft provided the following statement to the media regarding these raids, “We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions,” Recently, Chinese government agencies warned US tech companies to stop helping US government in stealing Chinese government data. One good news for Microsoft China is that JD.com has started taking pre-orders for Xbox One today. Source: Reuters ...

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Recently Google announced that Google Docs users can now edit Office documents in the native format as opposed to converting them to Google format. With that ability, Google has solved the major problem in getting users from Office suite. Today, they announced that any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once done, users can collaborate with others. Docs makes working together easy by letting people edit files in real-time, rather than emailing multiple versions of the same document back and forth. But sometimes you want to control specific changes someone else makes in a document. Suggest Edits in Docs lets you do just that: your team can make suggestions that you can accept or reject with a single click. This feature is available for anyone with commenting access in Google Docs on the web, and is coming soon to our mobile apps.   Read more ...

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At SharePoint conference which was held earlier this year, Microsoft spoke about the future of Enterprise Social and revealed no.of new features that will be part of Office 365 in the coming months. In that, Microsoft revealed something called Office Graph, which leverages insights from Office 365 and maps the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, and Microsoft intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to users. They demoed a product which uses Office Graph Codenamed Oslo. Today they announced that the official name of codename Oslo is Delve. Delve will be available to Office 365 customers later this year. It’s an incredible new way to search and discover content across Office 365 that delivers personalized insights based on machine learning. Delve surfaces information that would be of interest and relevance to you, enabling you to discover and connect with new information you might otherwise not have. Delve ...

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Microsoft has recently published the list of the products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. This list includes Windows Phone 7.8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and more. Along with these, Microsoft has also listed Service Packs that will retire in the next 6 months Key Products Transitioning from Mainstream Support to Extended Support: The following products will be moving into Extended Support in the next 6 months. Extended Support lasts for 5 years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support. Additionally, Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the Extended Support phase. Products Moving to Extended Support Effective Date Dynamics C5 2010 Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Dynamics NAV 2009 Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Exchange Server 2010 Standard Windows 7 Enterprise Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015. Windows ...

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Last month, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the bad, Microsoft continued providing Windows 7 to these agencies and even defended the security features in Windows 8. Today, a Chinese media reported that Microsoft Office productivity suite is banned in parts of the Chinese central government and its subordinated departments. As usual, the reason was mentioned as the act of ensuring information security. The government has not commented about this ban yet. CRI believes that this  implementation of this act has an obvious advantage over domestic software companies, such as Kingsoft and Chinese software. Microsoft is yet to comment on this story. Source: CRI ...

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Along with the announcement about native Office files editing on Google Drive, Google today announced Google Drive for Work — a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month. This is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. Apart from the regular file storing, syncing and sharing capabilities, the following were the advantages for OneDrive for Businesses. Unmatched service compliance. OneDrive for Business in Office 365 is compliant with world-class industry standards, including ISO 27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA, and is verified by third-party auditors. Available for eDiscovery. Documents in OneDrive for Business are available for discovery and preservation, protecting content while allowing users to continue working on their documents. Auditing, Reporting, and Security. Administrators can generate audit reports for common events in OneDrive for Business or build custom ones to suit their needs. Security features are also central ...

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Microsoft today released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.4.3 Update. Office for Mac 2011 is now available as a subscription offering in addition to the application improvements that are mentioned below. This update provides the latest fixes for Office for Mac 2011. These include the following: Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to continuously ...

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Microsoft today announced a great news for Office developers. They are open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub. Microsoft is looking forward to work with community to make improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability. Microsoft also highlighted that they will explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework.  It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents. The Open XML SDK is a key piece of our overall developer platform. The trends around mobile apps connected to the cloud have expanded the role that Office documents can play in solutions. Many of our Fortune 100 customers have built solutions leveraging the SDK, especially in the banking and ...

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Office 365 Home enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on up to 5 PCs or Macs, in addition to 5 Windows tablets or iPads—so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones for easy access. As Microsoft recently announced, Office 365 Home users can also enjoy up to 1TB of storage. As WindowsObserver notes, you can save hundreds of dollars from this deal, OneDrive’s cloud storage subscription was $7.49 per month for every 200GB of storage. If you subscribed to 1TB of storage it would cost you $37.50 per month, per user. Multiply that times five users per month and it comes out to $187.50 per month. Take that out to a year’s worth of subscriptions and that would equal $2,250 per year to get five users ...

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Video: Collaborate using Office across devices: Student Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages. If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact. Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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Over the past year there have been many re-orgs within Microsoft. After Ballmer’s major re-org of the company, Office head Kurt DelBene retired and the Office team fell under Qi Lu within his Application and Services Group (ASG). Previous to DelBene Steven Sinofsky ran the team before eventually coming to work on Windows 7. For Office, under Qi Lu were Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper ran Office server and services and Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer ran Office client and services. Last month Lu decided he does not want to have Office divided among client/server lines but around a few key cross-platform groups. We reported yesterday that Teper, the man responsible for originally hiring Satya Nadella, moved into his new role as head of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development.  Rajesh Jha replaced Teper along with maintaining his responsibilities for Office 365 Exchange and Outlook.com.  ...

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  Microsoft has recently formed a cross-group Inking team between Office, Surface, and Windows groups. This team is now exploring a possibility of creating a unified Inking experience that will offer a great experience for Microsoft eco-system users. When you read the whole presentation embedded below, you will come to know that there is a possibility that Microsoft’s Courier UI vision may become true at least. You can select an area in a website, drag and drop it to Office apps, edit them and all these using your inking pen. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking ...

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A Microsoft Research project titled ‘Great Inking’ became public on the web recently. It reveals that Microsoft has formed a cross-division inking team that will devise a unified inking strategy for Microsoft. The project has revealed no.of upcoming Office touch UI for Windows. You can see the Excel UI in the image above. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking features. Check out Outlook and Word Touch UI below. Source: WalkingCat ...

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At TechEd conference today, General manager of Microsoft’s Office Division Julia White announced that Office for iPad Apps has been downloaded about 27 million times since its launch. Microsoft released Office for iPad apps just six weeks ago, and it is turning out to be a runaway success. Microsoft previously announced that Office for iPad apps saw 12 million downloads in the first week after the launch, and since then the numbers have been doubled. Office for iPad apps are apps that follow freemium model. User can download the apps to read the Office documents and they are required to buy Office 365 subscription for editing and more. Related posts: Microsoft Updates Office For iPad With Printing Support, The Most Requested Feature By Its Users Microsoft Office For iPad Product Guide Now Available For Download Apple CEO Tim Cook On Office For iPad: “I Wholeheartedly Welcome Microsoft To The App ...

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