We didn’t get a lot of news out of the annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales meeting last week, but it appears one sneaky attendee has leaked an interesting sales video. Redmond is prepping their representatives to sell Office 365 over Google Apps, and the “Gmail Man” video is one tool being used to rally the troops. Microsoft isn’t willing to own up to the video, but most pundits believe it is real.
Microsoft today officially throws down the gauntlet at Google and other competitors in the online productivity software space with the global launch of Office 365, the company's newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, giving users around the world access to always updated versions of Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync.
Microsoft’s protracted patent battle with 30-man strong Canadian company i4i is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously turned down Microsoft’s appeal against a lower-court ruling ordering it to pay $290 million in damages for infringing one of i4i’s XML-related patents with certain versions of its popular word processing software. More after the jump.
Microsoft has confirmed it is holding an invitation only Office 365 launch party in New York on June 28th, and CEO Steve Ballmer will be in attendance to head up the marching band. It might sound like a lot of pomp and circumstance for the release of yet another new productivity suite, but trust us when we say this marks a pretty significant milestone for how Microsoft does business.
Patch Tuesdays usually tend to be a lot quieter during odd-numbered months like this one compared to even-numbered months. Take this month's shipment of patches, for instance. If in April Microsoft delivered a record 64 fixes, this month’s Patch Tuesday release is restricted to just a couple of security bulletins that address only three vulnerabilities. Hit the jump for more.
Patch Tuesday is again just around the corner, and while it contains some important updates for both Windows and Office, it's a fairly small update compared to last month when Microsoft patched 22 security holes. This time around that number's been reduced to just four, which have been rolled into three security security bulletins. Only one of those is rated as "Critical" while the other two are rated "Important." That doesn't mean you should take them lightly, however.
Wall Street traded companies are forced to branch out in all sorts of odd and interesting ways, but a ruthless drug cartel selling pirated copies of Microsoft Office? That’s just bizarre! Hit the jump to learn more.
If you’re the type that doesn’t just let Windows Update run amuck on your system, you might want to make sure you pay extra attention this Patch Tuesday, and roll out the fixes to your machines sooner rather than later. According to Microsoft it plans to issue 12 separate patches to address 22 vulnerabilities, 3 of which are rated “critical” which is the most serious rating a fix can carry.
Microsoft said goodbye to its little friend, Office Genuine Advantage (OGA), and quietly shut down the program last Thursday.
What that means for Office users is they're now able to download add-ins and templates without having to jump through any validation hoops to confirm that their copy is legit and not some black-market version or BitTorrent download.
"The Office Genuine Advantage ("OGA") program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine Office, please visit the following website: Benefits of genuine Office," Microsoft wrote in Support Knowledge Base article 917999.
The last few Patch Tuesday’s have been a bit heavier than usual, but December is poised to break the record again with 17 Bulletins being issued addressing 40 separate vulnerabilities. Before you panic however you should know that only two of the vulnerabilities are rated as “critical”, with all but one of the remaining flaws falling into the “important” category. A critical flaw is anything that allows for remote code execution so even one is bad enough, but at least we won’t have to wait too much longer for a fix.
The vulnerabilities are addressing every version of Windows from XP all the way to 7 (including server), as well as all supported versions of Office. A full list of the bulletins can be found on Microsoft TechNet, along with details of a webcast scheduled for Wednesday to address any questions.
Long story short this isn’t a patch Tuesday you would want to skip.