On the heels of rebranding its "SkyDrive" cloud-storage service to "OneDrive," Microsoft may be poised to make some additional related branding and discoverability changes. Currently, consumers who want to use the free, Webified versions of Microsoft's core Office apps -- the suite known as "Office Web Apps" -- need to know to go to SkyDrive and click on the "Create" tab to find Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App and OneNote Web App. It's not intuitive by any stretch. (And yes, I realize there are other ways to currently access and create Office Web Apps, especially for Office 365 subscribers. But I'm focusing in this post on consumers, primarily.) Wouldn't it make sense to make Office Web Apps more easily discoverable from inside SkyDrive and Outlook.com than they are today? And while Microsoft is at it, why not rebrand them to better reflect what they really are, rather than sticking with the "Office Web Apps" moniker? There's a pretty good chance this idle speculation … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office Web Apps to be renamed ‘Office Online’?
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Video: Microsoft's reverse-engineering unveils secrets of FinFisher government spyware. More security news Containers or virtual machines: Which is more secure? The answer will surprise you Justice Dept. indicts 12 Russian spies over 2016 DNC hack Russia: We want volunteers to help us censor the internet Tech giants, civil liberties coalition urges Congress to pass email privacy law Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files Microsoft says it's seen a huge surge in coin-mining trojans hitting Windows PCs across the world in the past six months and is cautioning businesses not to treat them as a nuisance but as a serious threat. Between September 2017 and January 2018 on average 644,000 computers become potentially infected with coin-mining malware, according to Microsoft's Windows Defender researchers Alden Pornasdoro, Michael Johnson, and Eric Avena. The rise of trojan cryptocurrency miners and browser-based cryptojacking has coincided with a … [Read more...] about Windows 10 warning: Beware staff planting cryptominers on work systems, says Microsoft
Microsoft announced a few months ago that Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade for anyone already running Windows 8. That still holds true. But Tuesday, company officials shared more on how much Windows 8.1 will cost for those running an older version of Windows. For those running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, Windows 8.1 will cost $119.99. Windows 8.1 Pro will cost $199.99. These prices are for either a download from Windows.com or a retail-packaged DVD product sold at retail. These are the same prices Microsoft charged users of older versions of Windows for the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrades. There are a couple new wrinkles worth noting about Windows 8.1 pricing, however. First, Microsoft is offering full-version software at retail this time around. This means there's no requirement for users to run a previous version of Windows to get these prices. (In the past, Microsoft offered those running a previous version of Windows an upgrade version, and others a full … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows 8.1 free to Windows 8 users, $119.99 and up for others
Full text of Judge Jackson's findings of fact The following are U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings of fact in the landmark antitrust suit filed against Microsoft by the Justice Department and 19 states. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Civil Action No. 98-1232 (TPJ) ____________________________________ Civil Action No. 98-1233 (TPJ) ex rel. et al., FINDINGS OF FACT These consolidated civil antitrust actions alleging violations of the Sherman Act, ?? 1 and 2, and various state statutes by the defendant Microsoft Corporation, were tried to the Court, sitting without a jury, between October 19, 1998, and June 24, 1999. The Court has considered the record evidence submitted by the parties, made determinations as to its relevancy and materiality, assessed the credibility of the testimony of the witnesses, both written and oral, and 2 ascertained for its purposes the probative significance of the documentary and visual evidence presented. Upon the record before … [Read more...] about Full text of Judge Jackson’s findings of fact
Writing about Microsoft Office isn't like reviewing a product; it's more like writing a school science paper on "The Air Around Us." Office is so ubiquitous and so dominant in its category that, as with Google for search or Adobe Photoshop for image editing, the suite's Excel, PowerPoint, and Word have become shorthand for spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing apps. As far as corporate offices go, a product manager for a would-be rival (Lotus SmartSuite, now long gone) once told me, competing with Office isn't like trying to compete with Xerox or Konica Minolta copiers. It felt more like trying to compete with copier paper. The metaphors aren't exact, however. While there are no substitutes for air or copier paper, home office workers can choose from several alternatives to Office, with features ingenious enough to merit a look or keep Microsoft on its toes. I'll be surveying them, focusing on Windows rather than Mac or handheld apps, in a four-part series to run every other … [Read more...] about At Home With Office 365