"Tell me" offers suggestions rather than asking you to be specific
Microsoft is making a move to aid users when it comes to finding important features and options they may want to use when it comes to the Word Web App. A brand new "Tell Me" feature has been implemented that aims to act as a kind of virtual assistant for those needing a little extra help when it comes to Word.
A newly discovered security hole in Office could allow remote code execution
Microsoft has discovered a vulnerability in the graphics component of its Windows, Office, and Lync software that could allow hackers to execute malicious code from a remote location. The software giant said it is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability in Office and has suggested a series of workarounds until it can issue a permanent patch. In the meantime, Microsoft has made available a piece of "Fix it" software to automatically apply the workaround procedures in affected products.
During Apple's press event earlier this week, the Cupertino company took advantage of its stage time by taking subtle digs at Microsoft over its Surface strategy and software costs. Apple chief Tim Cook pointed out that Microsoft "tried to make tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets," and Apple made sure to point out the price tag of Windows 8.1 and Office when announcing that OS X Mavericks and iWorks would go the pro bono route. If Apple was hoping to elicit a response from Microsoft, well, it got one.
“We don’t have our heads in the sand,” outgoing CEO tells the financial community
As we reported earlier today, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday accused Google of being a monopoly and even admitted to having “discussed” the matter with competition authorities. But that wasn’t the only newsworthy bit to come out of Thursday’s event — Microsoft’s annual meeting with the financial community.
Microsoft hopes you’ll choose its subscription based version of Office over the severely gimped retail edition.
Windows and Office make up the lion’s share of Microsoft’s revenues, so when everybody’s favorite “devices and services” company makes decisions that fundamentally alter its business model, people stop and take notice. Changes to Office 2013’s licensing terms might not sound all that interesting at first glance, however, they almost certainly hint at the future Microsoft is preparing for.
Microsoft is reportedly in the process of porting its Office productivity suite over to iOS and Android devices. This isn't the first we've heard of Office Mobile, nor has Microsoft officially confirmed the news, but screenshots and inside information have all but tipped the release as imminent. It will ship first to iOS and then Android, starting in early 2013, perhaps as early as February.
Saying that Windows 8 is a major shift in strategy for Microsoft is pretty obvious at this point. Between the Metro interface, complete dismissal of the start menu, focus on touch screen devices, and myriad other changes; this is not the Windows of the Bill Gates era. One change which hasn’t received much discussion is the idea of Windows 8 being Microsoft’s next iteration for not only Windows 7, but for Windows Home Server.
We finally have some pricing details to share regarding Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 platform. In a recent blog post, the software giant laid out the details for both consumers and businesses. On the consumer side, an Office 365 Premium subscription will start at $8.33 per month, billed annually at $99.99, which covers up to five users. It will be available in both physical and online stores across 227 markets worldwide, Microsoft says. There will also be a free 30-day trial available.
For years Google ran away with the show when it came to productivity tools in your web browser, but when Office web apps hit the scene, they changed everything. Sure they’ve had a tough time with marketing and rallying up mind share, however you’d be hard pressed to find a single thing Google apps can do that Office web apps can’t do better at this point. Microsoft as usual has been a bit slow to innovate next to its much more nimble competition, but a recent update has added a ton of new features to help level the playing field.