When Microsoft first announced Azure, at its PDC Conference in October 2008, I was not impressed. Here is the press release, if you fancy a look back. It was not so much the technology – though with hindsight Microsoft’s failure to offer plain old Windows VMs from the beginning was a mistake – but rather,
…continue reading Office, Azure Active Directory, and mobile: the three pillars of Microsoft’s cloud
I have been having a closer look at Word for iPad. This has limited features compared to Word for Windows or Mac, but how limited?
So far I am more impressed than disappointed. Here are some of the things that Word on the iPad does support:
Spell check with support for a range of
…continue reading A close look at Word for the iPad. What is included and what is missing?
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced Office for iPad at an event in San Francisco. Office General Manager Julie White gave a demo of Word, Excel and Powerpoint on Apple’s tablet.
White made a point of the fidelity of Office documents in Microsoft’s app, as opposed to third party viewers.
…continue reading Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces Microsoft Office for iPad, talks up Azure Active Directory and Office 365 development
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?