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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

Microsoft is so keen to attract users to its Edge browser that it will pay people to use it. Folks in the US can earn credits that can be spent in the Microsoft online store on things like three months of advertisement-free Outlook and Amazon cards. Microsoft won't let you just run Edge and cash in: it will monitor user's …
Darren Pauli, 19 Aug 2016
Windows 10 Build 14328 has a revised Start menu and new pen features

Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

Microsoft has announced that the free all-you-can-eat Windows 10 upgrade buffet will close forever on July 29, and that after that you'll have to pay for all the fun of its latest operating system. US$119 is the price Redmond has set for the Home version of the operating system. A sales person in a live chat session on the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2016
Powershell for Office 365

PowerShell for Office 365 powers on

Microsoft has powered on PowerShell for Office 365. Redmond promised the tool back at its Ignite conference, and on Tuesday decided all was ready to take it into production. Anyone familiar with PowerShell probably won't be in the slightest bit shocked by the tool, which offers a command line interface with which one can …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
Azure Index

Azure has put new life into Active Directory

Active Directory is dead: long live Active Directory. While Microsoft's Windows Server Active Directory (WSAD) is unable to meet the needs of today, its younger sibling Azure Active Directory (AAD) looks set to take the world by storm. I have given it the once over and am impressed with the technology – but also ambivalent …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014

Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

Microsoft has made a confession: “integrating your on premises identities with Azure AD is harder than it should be” and requires “too many pages of documentation to read, too many different tools to download and configure, and far too much on premises hardware required.” It has also done something about it, in the form of a …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2014
Double Dragon

Face up to a double life with hybrid Office 365

“Cloud first” is Microsoft’s new mantra. The vision is of businesses using Office 365, running in Microsoft’s Global data centres, for collaborating, conferencing, messaging and calendaring. The shift towards Office 365 becomes more marked every quarter as more IT departments adopt Microsoft’s cloud offerings. The appeal is …
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Microsoft Australia blows own deadline for online Office 365 sales

Microsoft has written to its Australian customers to apologise in advance for failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for the opening of a portal that would let them sell Office 365. The missed deadline was revealed by Steven Miller, Microsoft Australia's Office division lead, in a Thursday post. “Earlier this year, we …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014

Microsoft: Anonymous hacktivists DDoSed us? Really?

Microsoft has denied it was affected in any way by a claimed attack against its systems by elements of the rag-tag hacktivist collective Anonymous. In a post to Pastebin last week, an individual claiming affiliation to Anonymous boasted that a DDoS attack against Japanese Microsoft (domain) websites and servers on or around 23 …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2013
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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

Microsoft has announced it will soon give students subscriptions to its cloud-based Office productivity software free of charge – provided, that is, their schools are already paid up. The software giant on Tuesday announced a new program called Student Advantage, whereby students worldwide can sign up for subscriptions to …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

Tearing a strip off Microsoft's Brazilian: That's no way to attract mates

Analysis It would appear that the Not Invented Here philosophy is still going strong inside Microsoft, with Redmond apparently considering unleashing into the market a rival to mega online shopping juggernauts Amazon and eBay. The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft had been briefing unnamed people about an effort called “Brazil” – …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2013

Microsoft breaks bug-bounty virginity in $100,000 contest

Microsoft is breaking its long-standing tradition of not paying for security vulnerabilities by offering a $100,000 cash prize for the first penetration tester to crack Windows 8.1 and a $50,000 bonus to explain how they did it. At this year's Black Hat USA conference – held at the end of July in the sweaty hell that is Las …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013

Only Kinect: Microsoft boffins build Minority Report-style tools

In the two years since Microsoft launched Kinect, there’s been huge interest among enthusiasts in adapting the hands-free controller to new settings beyond gaming. Techies and geeks of open- and closed-source shades have hacked the hardware, used the tools or adapted Kinect to steer computerised, wheeled armchairs. Among …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2012
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Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher

Microsoft is dishing out vouchers to disgruntled Surface customers burned by delays and confusion over shipments of their pre-ordered fondletops. The company has been handing over vouchers worth £50 to those whose Windows-RT tablets have not arrived despite pre-ordering before Thursday’s launch. Surfaces went on sale on 25 …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2012
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Microsoft hires former Hillary Clinton adviser as top strategist

Microsoft is a company that divides opinion, which may explain why it has hired Mark Penn, a political strategist and pollster who served as senior strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, as its new corporate VP for strategic and special projects. "Mark has an incredible background in research, …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2012

Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Microsoft made the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials available for download Wednesday, but some customers are already miffed about the changes the new product brings. As Microsoft's David Fabritius wrote in a July 5 blog post, Windows Server 2012 Essentials is now a full-fledged member of the Windows Server …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2012

Sysadmins: Chucked your Exchange servers up? Let's enable SSO

Sysadmin blog My previous article focused on migrating Exchange into Microsoft's cloud, but there is more to Office 365 than just Exchange. Single Sign On (SSO) between Office 365 and your local Microsoft domain can be a bit tricky. A proper implementation has high minimum requirements, and there are very good arguments against cutting …
Trevor Pott, 24 May 2012

Windows Server 8 plays catch-up with VMware and Unix

Preview "The cloud is a tectonic shift," said Microsoft's corporate vice president of server and cloud Bill Laing, introducing an in-depth press preview of Windows Server 8 and mixing metaphors with abandon. In response to this cloudy earthquake, the company is declaring Server 8 to be a cloud-based operating system, though note that …
Tim Anderson, 14 Sep 2011

Microsoft BPOS biz-cloud hit by another outage

Microsoft cloud execs are crossing their fingers that Office 365, the pending successor to the Business Productivity Online Suite, is a safer bet for customers following yet another crash in North America. Customers across the region and in London reported problems logging into the hosted service – Exchange Online and …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011

Microsoft BPOS cloud outage burns Exchange converts

Microsoft has served up another apology for the unreliability of its cloud after burning converts to its BPOS collaboration service by killing their email. Dave Thompson, corporate vice president for Microsoft's online services, has been telling customers who've gone "all in" on Microsoft's BPOS cloud that he's really "sorry …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2011

Microsoft online app melodrama wins federal certification

Microsoft's BPOS-Federal suite of online business applications has been certified for use by the US government. Which highlights the fact that it wasn't certified earlier. Earlier this month, Microsoft made headlines when it accused Google of making "misleading security claims" to the US government, an accusation that hinged …
Cade Metz, 21 Apr 2011

Microsoft badmouths Google over fed contract win

Google has landed a major contract with the US government, convincing the 17,000-worker strong US General Services Administration to use Google Apps. And Microsoft has taken this as an opportunity to badmouth Google's suite of online business applications. "There's no doubt that businesses are talking to Google, and hearing …
Cade Metz, 02 Dec 2010

Microsoft cracks open Windows cloud management service

Microsoft has betaed a cloud-based PC management service for businesses with a heavy emphasis on Windows 7 Enterprise Edition. On Monday, the company Monday unveiled a limited beta of Intune, for monitoring and managing security policies and tracking licenses and compliance on PCs running Windows. The service targets …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2010

Microsoft coughs to Visual Studio 2010 upgrade delay

Microsoft has been forced to delay delivery of some Visual Studio 2010 Professional Upgrade pre-orders due to a “product fulfillment issue”, The Register has learned. The company apologised to EMEA customers who had ordered the software via the Microsoft online store ahead of its release earlier this week. "We apologise for …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2010

Microsoft fluffs Feds with secure cloud

Microsoft has beaten rival Google to deliver a version of its online applications tailored for US government users. This week, the company announced delivery of its Business Productivity Online Suite Federal, which updates the existing online suite with security, privacy, and compliance features. The suite includes Exchange …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2010
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Microsoft promises 'open' Bing strategy

Microsoft is committed to an open online strategy to include partners and developers and build market share, while unveiling updates to Bing with a decidedly Microsoft flavor. Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft's online services division, said Wednesday that the company's goal is for a "third-party scale model …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2009
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Microsoft chops cloud costs

Microsoft is cutting the cost of its hosted cloud business productivity bundle. This includes Exchange Online, which falls from $10 per user, per month, to $5. The business productivity bundle of Sharepoint Online and Office Communications Online falls from $15 to $10. In public the company is insisting this has nothing to do …
John Oates, 03 Nov 2009

Microsoft tells US retailers Linux is rubbish

As the launch of Windows 7 approaches, Microsoft is distributing literature to American retailers claiming that Linux works with few peripherals or online services, offers limited software capability, affords no authorized support, does not work with games "your customers want," and cannot use video chat on any of the major IM …
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2009

Web-based Office misses August appointment

Microsoft has promised the planned web version of its Office applications will be available for testing "soon," after missing its August deadline. A company spokesperson told The Reg Friday: "At WPC, we said the Office Web applications technical preview would tentatively be available in the August timeframe. While they will …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2009

Office 2010 hits testers minus Google punch

WPC The next version of Microsoft's Office is due to be released for testing today, but you won't be able to get your hands on the web-based edition of Office 2010 just yet. Office Web applications won't be released for testing even though they have reached the same technical preview engineering milestone as Office 2010 and …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jul 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Microsoft Training Kits

Geeks Guide 2 from Register Books Geeks Guide2 You don't have to look far to see that IT jobs are disappearing right, left and centre. For those still in employment it's becoming more important than ever to show your diverse set of skills. For those looking for employment, re-skilling or certifying is a possible route to …
Register Books, 09 Jul 2009
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Google beds Microsoft for mobile sync service

Microsoft has - once again - leveraged its muscle in collaboration and email for mobile services to bring one of its biggest rivals to heel. Online-ads and search powerhouse Google has licensed Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync so users running Microsoft Outlook email, calendar, and contacts can work with its Google Sync service, …
Austin Modine, 10 Feb 2009
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Ballmer's big regret at 10: Losing the interwebs

Steve Ballmer's biggest regret of the past ten years? Impatience. Ten years after taking over as Microsoft president - and eight years after replacing Bill Gates as chief exec - Ballmer has told The Wall St Journal that impatience prevented Microsoft from pursuing a Google-like paid search business back in 1999. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2009

Microsoft rolls out online Exchange and Sharepoint for the US

Microsoft added another rung to its online rope ladder yesterday with the general release of its web-based Sharepoint and Exchange products aimed at business customers in the US. Sharepoint Online and Exchange Online had been available in beta since early March as part of Microsoft’s long-winded hosted collaboration effort. …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Nov 2008
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Microsoft's Red-Dog cloud turns Azure

PDC Amazon's EC2 has overshadowed Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference where Steve Ballmer and Co. finally announced their cloud-computing architecture, codenamed Red Dog. Microsoft software architect Ray Ozzie kicked off PDC promising a limited - limited mind - community technology preview (CTP) of the Azure Services …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2008
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2008

Microsoft picks Exchange and Sharepoint for the online draft

Microsoft appears to be stuffing its rapidly growing data centers with hosted versions of core collaboration applications for businesses customers. Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, today announced beta availability of an online version of SharePoint Server and Exchange email. It should be generally available, paid for by …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2008
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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! settle un-American activity claims

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have spilled a total of $31.5m to settle claims they promoted one of the most un-American of activities: online gambling. Today, the US attorney for the eastern district of Missouri - that's St. Louis country - announced that the tech-happy trio agreed to resolve charges that they took money from …
Cade Metz, 19 Dec 2007
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MySpace music deal poses multiple threats

Comment News Corp's MySpace may just have found a way around the piracy laws that dog the sale of online music, and may, as a result, throw up the most likely candidate to challenge iTunes. The answer seems to lie in the fact that both the bands and the buyers are all members of the same social networking service. What MySpace has …
Faultline, 08 Sep 2006
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Microsoft finally puts date on hosted CRM

Microsoft will next year launch a hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service while insisting it's not competing with, SAP and Oracle. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, told 7,000 partners Tuesday that Microsoft plans to unveil Dynamics CRM Live in the second quarter of 2007 as an online …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2006

Gates rolls out the Beta 2s

WinHEC Bill Gates kicked off the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) by announcing the second beta versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server (Longhorn) and Office 2007. Then, in what passed as a rock 'n' roll moment, he presented a slightly bemused customer with a framed edition of the betas on gold-coloured DVDs …
Eric Doyle, 24 May 2006
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MS throws hat into paid-search engine ring

Microsoft is taking on the great Google Money Machine with an inhouse answer to Google Adwords. Step forward Microsoft adCenter, launched yesterday to pump out all-paid search traffic on MSN and other Microsoft online properties in the US. Microsoft’s adCenter replaces Yahoo!'s Overture as the paid-for search engine on MSN. The …
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2006

MS takes rod to phishers

Microsoft has upped the ante in its campaign against phishers by filing 117 so-called "John Doe" lawsuits. Microsoft attorney Aaron Kornblum issued a statement saying: "We must work together to stop these con artists from misusing the Internet as a tool for fraud," Reuters reports. The software giant said it was filing the …
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Apr 2005
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Comcast hands MS five million viewers

Comcast and Microsoft this week announced an agreement that extends their existing relationship and gives Comcast the ability to make available Microsoft TV Foundation Edition 1.7 software to up to five million customers, with the option to expand the roll-out at a later date. Given that Comcast has only 21 million customers, …
Faultline, 25 May 2004
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Official: Steve Jobs most important man in IT

Steve Jobs, the still-interim CEO of Apple is the most important man in IT – according to Upside magazine and "industry insiders". The Elite 100 list put the charismatic Jobs top of the list, applauding him for his cockiness and marketing savvy and in particular his ability to get up Intel's nose for talking up its "bland boxes …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Nov 1999
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MS' free Net access plan won't help MSN

Analysis The news that Microsoft might offer MSN access for free, or at least at a low price, is hardly surprising, although poor old Microsoft is getting stick for just thinking about it. But for once at least it can hardly be castigated for the move, if it's true. The history of MSN provides a business school case study. Although …
Graham Lea, 06 Aug 1999