Last Updated Jun 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Once again, Microsoft (MSFT) has launched a Web-based Office answer to Google (GOOG) Apps. And, once again, Microsoft shows just how little it gets the Web and the people who use it, particularly those who don't want to run desktop software to get full functions in online versions. Corporate management would be hard pressed to plan a more spectacular disaster-in-progress. Microsoft's previous attempt to put Office applications on the Web, the Business Productivity Online Suite, was disappointing, to say the least. (It was also then the latest in a string of flops, including bCentral, Office Live, and the combination of Windows Live and SkyDrive.) Not only were the available applications woefully limited, but Microsoft made clear that you had to buy a license to Office 2010 -- that is, the packaged software edition -- if you wanted to do anything serious with the system. New name, same problems more of what people would expect from Office. Although … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office 365 Shows How to Tank the Cloud Concept
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That didn't take long. It was only a month ago that we reported that Microsoft had released Office for iPad, a long-awaited tablet version of the world's most common productivity suite. One of the few criticisms was the lack of a print feature. Now that's rectified. Microsoft has rolled out an update to Office for iPad that includes the ability to print to any AirPrint printer. According to Microsoft's Office blog, printing was, in fact, the number one requested feature. The print feature offers a fair bit of flexibility. In Word, for example, you can print with or without markup and choose which pages to print. Likewise, Excel lets you print a selected range, a sheet, or the entire workbook. PowerPoint doesn't have any special print capabilities (such as the ability to print multiple slides on a page or include notes, like you can on the desktop), so you can only choose to print the entire presentation. In order to take advantage of the new print feature in Office for iPad, you … [Read more...] about Microsoft quickly updates Office for iPad, now prints
(MoneyWatch) Last week, I explained the difference between Microsoft's confusing array of new Office offerings-- Office 2013, Office 365, Office Web Apps and so on. The bottom line was that Office 365 is SAAS - software as a service, for which you pay an annual subscription. Office 2013 is a traditional boxed copy of the office suite. But there's another big difference, and it's one that will absolutely have an impact on which Office you buy, or even choose to leave Office entirely for open-source pastures. Unlike previous editions of Office, Office 2013 gives you a single license that is tied to a single PC for the life of the software. Making sense of the new Microsoft Office offerings 4 reasons to try Microsoft Office 2013 How to stop sitting all day? Just get up Let's be clear about what this means. In the past, you were free to move your Office license from one computer to another (though technically, you could only do that once every three months). If you buy Office 2013, it … [Read more...] about Is Microsoft punishing Office users?
(MoneyWatch) Microsoft Office has been the backbone of the business world for decades; to this day, about 90 percent of business professionals use Office, even if companies don't quickly step up to the latest version, which Microsoft refreshes every three years. But the recent release of Office 2013 raises some troubling questions, and could represent the right time for some businesses and individuals to get off the Office track and switch to an Open Source alternative like LibreOffice. I recently debated this question with CNET writer and former CBS MoneyWatch contributor Rick Broida in Geek Vs Geek: Has Time Run Out for Microsoft Office? Making sense of the new Microsoft Office offerings Microsoft softens its Office licensing policy Put the Windows 7 desktop, MS Office on your iPad What's the concern with Office 2013? At the core, Microsoft is tweaking the pricing strategy for Office, encouraging users to move to a Software As a Service model in which they pay an annual … [Read more...] about Is Office 2013 proof that it’s time to switch?
(MoneyWatch) The mobile revolution -- spurred by devices like the iPhone and iPad -- is seven years old now, but Microsoft has maintained a fairly tight grip on its office productivity cash cow Office for most of this time, only begrudgingly releasing limited versions that work on anything but full-powered PCs. To be fair, Microsoft has introduced Office for the iPhone and has both iPhone and iPad versions of OneNote. But you can't really write much of a report or spreadsheet on your phone; what people really want is a version of Office optimized for the iPad. And Steve Ballmer has finally acknowledged that one is coming. Is Office 2013 proof that it's time to switch? Making sense of the new Microsoft Office offerings Put the Windows 7 desktop, MS Office on your iPad That said, it won't be anytime soon. According to The Verge, Ballmer spoke at a Garter analyst event last week, where he said: "iPad will be picked up... when there's a touch-first user interface." So not only do iPad … [Read more...] about Microsoft confirms Office for the iPad
Microsoft took the beta tag off Office 365, launching the product at a New York City event today hosted by chief executive Steve Ballmer. The new product is the software giant's effort to bring Web functionality to its widely used desktop applications as well as server products that are found primarily in large enterprises. Microsoft is betting that by offering products such as its Exchange email server and its Lync online communications technology as Web services, it can expand the market to small and midsize businesses that don't have IT staffs and have traditionally shied away from those products. Microsoft is doing that by hosting the service remotely on its servers and charging customers a monthly subscription fee. More than 20 telecoms are also partnering with Microsoft to package and sell Office 365 with their own services to small and midsize businesses. "With Office 365, people can stay connected with instant messaging," Ballmer said at the launch event. "With Office 365, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Microsoft Office 365 debuts with small-biz focus
One of the most epic tech rivalries around has taken another twist. Microsoft officially launched Office for Apple's iPad on Thursday, after holding out against the competitor's iconic tablet for almost four years. Microsoft's new CEO, Sayta Nadella, ushered in a new era for the company by promising to focus more on the popular mobile devices. Nadella made his first major public appearance as CEO at Thursday's event, and said he felt rejuvenated after his 22 years at the company,. "You see things from a fresh set of eyes and fresh perspective," Nadella told a crowd of reporters gathered for the announcement in San Francisco. When former CEO Steve Ballmer was in charge, a Windows-centric view dominated the company's decision-making process. In making such a paradigm shift, Nadella is betting that Microsoft can win back some of the business professionals that now run competing productivity apps on the popular tablet, reports CNET. The new Microsoft Office apps will allow iPad users to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Microsoft’s Office suite finally comes to Apple’s iPad
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft is offering free upgraded versions of its Office software for iPhones and iPads as the software giant further embraces the so-called "freemium" strategy favored by many newer companies seeking success online. Give away a basic version of a popular service, and the world may beat a path to your door and be willing to pay a little more for extras, or so the thinking goes. Microsoft, the longtime king of desktop software, has generally protected its model of getting paid upfront for what it developed. But as the company strives to stay relevant for workers and consumers in an increasingly mobile world - and better compete with Google, Apple and others - it is offering substantial versions of its most popular products free of charge for smartphones and tablets. Microsoft is hoping to keep people using its products across all their devices, while betting that many will ultimately pay for fuller-featured versions of the software. "There's going to be a handful of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Microsoft Office gives away apps for iPhone, iPad
This is the Arizona fishing report from azcentral sports and The Arizona Republic.Information for the Fishing Report is periodically provided by anglers, as well as the experts at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Anglers, Liar’s Korner, Phoenix Fishing Supply, Pinetop Sporting Goods, Pro Bass Adventures, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Lake Mary Country Store, Parker Canyon Lake store, Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond and H&M Landing in San Diego. Feb. 8, 2018 Short castsAlamo Lake fans should know that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning on dropping the lake level for 20 days in late February and early March in order to complete required maintenance on the dam. The drawdown will release 5,000 cfs for the 20 days. Many anglers are concerned the drawdown will harm the upcoming fish spawn and possibly adversely affect the fishing in years to come. Public comments may be made via email to [email protected] Central waters Lower … [Read more...] about 2017-18 Arizona Fishing Reports
This is the Arizona fishing report from azcentral sports and The Arizona Republic.Information for the Fishing Report is periodically provided by anglers, as well as the experts at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Anglers, Liar’s Korner, Phoenix Fishing Supply, Pinetop Sporting Goods, Pro Bass Adventures, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Lake Mary Country Store, Parker Canyon Lake store, Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond and H&M Landing in San Diego. Short castAnglers should know the following Arizona winter road closures are in place, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Closures include Arizona 261 from Eager south to Crescent Lake, Arizona 273 between Sunrise Park and Big Lake, Arizona 473 to Hawley Lake and a portion of Arizona 366 to Mount Graham. Central waters BartlettAnglers are picking up 15 to 20 bass on jigs and Carolina rigs, according to reports passed on by Ted Wong at Phoenix Fishing Supply. He said the larger fish … [Read more...] about 2017 Arizona Fishing Reports