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Microsoft launches Office for iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPadMicrosoft announced on Thursday the much anticipated release of Office for the iPad. Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO just last month, announced that the app would be available on iPads by 11 AM PST on Thursday the 27th.

Microsoft released Office for the iPhone back in June of last year, but surprisingly had not yet released a version specifically formatted for the iPad until now. Office for the iPad is free to install and view Office documents, but to do anything more than that you will need to buy an Office 365 subscription for $99.99 annually.

The Office app includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint with a familiar ribbon interface, similar to the desktop version of the application. Buttons are slightly larger to support swiping instead of clicking to also try to integrate into the familiar usability of …

Microsoft Offers Researchers Money For Enhancing Windows Security

Posted in Microsoft by Reuben Drake on August 4th, 2011

Windows has had it’s share of vulnerabilities in the past, so now Microsoft is offering more than $250,000 in cash and prizes for contestants who can come up with new ways to mitigate exploits. Anonymous and LulzSec are out there after all, taking companies down.

Microsoft will pay $200,000 for the best “novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities.” Two runners up will also receive $50,000 and a MSDN Universal subscription valued at $10,000. I’d say that is lots of incentive to come up with some new tricks, wouldn’t you?

Microsoft Ends Support For Windows Vista SP1

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Microsoft has already announced that they will stop supporting Windows XP within the next 3 years, and now Vista is in it’s crosshairs. Microsoft has made it known that it will stop supporting Windows Vista SP1.

If users want to keep getting support, they will have to upgrade to Windows Vista SP2, though Microsoft suggests it would be better for you to upgrade to Windows 7. Better for them too of course. The company is trying to get everything in order for the arrival of Windows 8 in 2012.

Microsoft says no to Windows Phone 7 based tablets

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Sorry Windows Phone 7 fans. Microsoft has announced that there will not be any tablets running on the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The company views tablets as more of a personal computer, not a mobile device.

All hope is not lost though. A Windows based tablet might show up using the Windows 8 operating system, which should arrive in 2012, and this will be the only tablet OS to be issued by the company. I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2011

The Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 offers both curves and comfort, true to it’s name. It is designed for a more natural wrist position. The keyboard features quick keys, allowing you to control your music, videos, and do stuff like open the calculator with one key.

The slim, glossy design saves space on your desk and is better for you than normal keyboards. The Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 is $24.95. Who wants one?

Microsoft unveils live TV streaming for Xbox 360 from Sky TV, Foxtel and Canal

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Looks like the recent rumors were true. Microsoft has announced a new streaming TV implementation for the Xbox 360 today. The Kinect and Bing-powered voice search which can pull in content from online sources like Hulu, Netflix and Xbox Live Marketplace, will also work with live TV from IPTV partners.

Great news for the console. Right now that list only includes Sky in the UK, Foxtel in Australia and Canal+ in France, but users there will be able to search across those services and view them directly through the console. No info on any US-based partners.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango To Add 500 New Features To WP7

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Steve Ballmer recently spoke at Japanese Developer Forum 2011 and unveiled some new information about the Windows 7.5 ‘Mango’ update for Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7.5 will bring 500 new features to Windows Phone 7 devices, though we don’t have any details on what these 500 features are.

He also said that tomorrows ‘Mango’ event will reveal details of new Windows Phone 7 manufacturers and carriers, and we can expect to see a new range of Windows Phone 7 handsets announced. Hopefully we will learn just what these features are soon and when we know, you will know.

Windows Phone 7 Mango shots reveal built-in IM, cloud Office

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 had some more features unveiled today. The release will have built-in instant messaging for Windows Live Messenger and also for AIM and Facebook. Microsoft’s system is smart and weaves into the people hub, automatically detecting which is the best network and create group messages.

Integrated SkyDrive and Office 365 will be included in Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft is rumored to be building support for editing documents with Internet Explorer 9 mobile. Other features include album art on the lock screen with an active track and syncing for the games hub to pick up progress from an Xbox 360 game on WP7 or the other way around.

Microsoft Buys Skype For $8.5 Billion

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Microsoft has now officially confirmed their acquisition of Skype, in a deal which is said to be worth $8.5 billion. The big M announced the deal on their website and they say that the deal is worth $8.5 billion in cash, and that includes taking on Skype’s debts. The deal was approved by both the board of Microsoft and the board of Skype.

Does this mean that we should start calling them MicroSkype or Skypesoft? The rumor had been that Google and Facebook were looking to buy Skype, but it seems like no one guessed that Microsoft would be acquiring them.

Microsoft may announce Silverlight for Xbox next week

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2011

It looks like Microsoft may announce plans to introduce Silverlight for the Xbox 360. The company will apparently detail its plans at the MIX11 conference next week in Las Vegas. This has been planned for months and Microsoft had already revealed that it was planning to bring Silverlight to the Xbox.

This seems like a good plan for Microsoft, to bridge the gap between it’s mobile, PC and Xbox platforms. It ties in with their plans for Windows 8 as well.

Microsoft shows off 234″ touchscreen

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

There are large touchscreens, and then there are large touchscreens. Microsoft isn’t fooling around with this humongous beast. At the CeBIT 2011 show in Hanover Germany, Microsoft, with the help of a company called Stereolize, showed off ‘Microsoft Cinema’, basically a giant 234-inch touchscreen display.

It has more area than anyone, even an NBA player could touch, but we assume that the touch functionality goes all the way to the top. Pretty impressive if you are the Jolly green giant.

Samsung Windows Phone 7 owners phones “bricked” after update

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Here’s some not so good news for Microsoft. After releasing the Windows Phone 7 update this week, it looks like some users out there have ended up with a bricked phone, having no way to fix it except for a factory reset or returning it to the store.

Apparently it is only affecting a small number of people, but what is your definition of a small number? Hopefully they can resolve this issue very quickly and take care of these users. Interestingly, this was only a minor update, so we hope that Microsoft will learn from it’s mistakes here.

Microsoft is getting into the TV set top box business

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

The time is right for Microsoft to make a play for the set top box market. Apple is never at CES and Google is asking its partners at CES this year to hold back while Google takes its Google TV back to the drawing board. The timing seems perfect.

And according to the Seattle Times that is just what they are doing. Looks like Microsoft is going to enter this market with a stripped-down version of Windows suited for set-top boxes and connected TVs. The software is a version of its embedded device software, overlaid with the Windows Media Center interface, with media streaming and remote-control capabilities.

Kinect selling 2X as fast as the iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Microsoft is finally beating Apple’s sales with their Xbox Kinect motion gaming system. Not that it matters. They are different beasts altogether. The Kinect is selling like crazy in the US and Microsoft had already predicted they’d do better than the iPad. So it looks like they were right.

25 days post launch they’ve sold 2.5 million units. Apple has sold about 2 million iPads in about two months. Of course the Kinect is much cheaper than the iPad and appeals to more age groups as well.

WP7 developers complain of missing payments, broken reporting tools

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

While most of us really like the new Windows Phone 7 UI and even its software developer kit, some developers aren’t liking the way Marketplace is working for them so far. According to Nicholas Yu and Justin James, it’s currently impossible for them to know how many apps they have sold (and how much Microsoft owes them). They don’t even know when payments will be coming their way. Apparently Justin James was told by Microsoft that no developer payout would happen until 2011.

We aren’t sure what the deal is yet as Windows Phone 6.x developers did not seem to have these problems. We hope that Microsoft will solve this quickly.