A small business contacted me with a perplexing problem related to Office 2013 and Office 365. The scenario looks like this:
All their staff have Office 365 E1 accounts (for small and midsize businesses) They normally buy laptops with Microsoft Office. That would normally be the OEM version or more recently the Product Key Card
…continue reading Office 2013 Home and Business requires a Microsoft account to activate, a nuisance for Office 365 users
Yesterday Microsoft released its financial figures for the last three months of 2012.
Quarter ending December 31st 2012 vs quarter ending December 31st 2011, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5881 +1140 3296 +416 Server and Tools 5186 +171 2121 +409 Online 869 +85 -283 +176 Business (Office) 5691 -619
…continue reading Microsoft financials: record revenue, signs of Windows 8 concern
I took a quick look at Colligo Briefcase, an offline SharePoint 2007 and 2010 client for the Apple iPad and iPhone. There is a free Lite version, limited to 50Mb and with cut-down features; Briefcase Pro which costs a modest $2.99; and Enterprise which adds centralized management.
SharePoint is a powerful collaboration platform, but Microsoft’s
…continue reading Colligo Briefcase: offline SharePoint for iPad and iPhone
The first macro programming language in Microsoft Office was Basic, and it is still there in the forthcoming Office 2013. In fact, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) has been slightly updated, and reports itself as version 7.1 in the preview. The version is Office 2010 is 7.0.
Although it is embedded in Office, VBA
…continue reading Fixing Visual Basic for Applications code for 64-bit Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2013, combined with Office 365 or the new SharePoint, introduces SkyDrive Pro. This is an area where users can store documents online, similar to the public SkyDrive, but as part of an organization’s SharePoint site or Office 365 team site.
One features which I was glad to see is the ability to store
…continue reading Microsoft Office 2013 SkyDrive Pro in action, with offline documents
Spotted at the Metreon (geddit?) in San Francisco this morning:
Hmm, would not surprise me if this were the new logo. I like the way it represents a window into an Office – Windows and Office, the core of Microsoft’s offering.
There is a press event live streamed today at 12.00 noon.
…continue reading Could this be the new Microsoft Office 15 logo?
Journalist Jon Honeyball remarked on Twitter that the version of Microsoft Office in Windows RT, and therefore in the first Microsoft Surface Tablet, is Office Home and Student 2013.
I was sceptical, but it is there on the spec sheet [pdf]:
We already knew that Outlook is missing; but now it seems possible that
…continue reading Office in Windows RT: not licensed for business use?
Today brings the news that Microsoft Office 15 is now in Technical Preview (also known as private beta).
There is little news about what is in it other than this:
With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office
…continue reading What would you like to see in Microsoft Office 15?
Microsoft has released its quarterly figures for January-March 2011. My at-a-glance summary is below.
Quarter ending June 30th 2011 vs quarter ending June 30th 2010, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4740 -41 2943 -123 Server and Tools 4643 +494 1774 +214 Online 662 +94 -728 -40 Business (Office) 5777 +402
…continue reading Microsoft financials: Office and server dominate as Windows falters
Today is launch day for Microsoft’s Office 365, which offers use of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync hosted by Microsoft at commodity prices – not quite as low as $50 per user per year for Google Apps, but low enough that it is likely to be a substantial saving for most customers, versus the cost of
…continue reading Office 365 and why it will succeed