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Office Online rises from ashes of 'confusing' Office Web Apps

One day after rebranding its cloud storage service as OneDrive, Microsoft has relaunched the web-based versions of its Office productivity applications under the new, friendlier moniker of Office Online. Redmond was forced to rename its SkyDrive service as OneDrive on Wednesday after losing a trademark dispute with British Sky …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014
Tools in Office Touch

'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

Leaked screenshots have been posted online purportedly showing the UI for Office Touch for Windows 8. The slides are part of a presentation posted by Microsoft Research that is now no longer available. Versions of slides were still on mirror sites at time of writing. The presentation was caught by Winsupersite’s Paul Thurrott. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2014
Monkey Selfie

US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

The US Copyright Office has refused to register the copyright of the infamous selfie taken by a monkey. The Office said in its latest copyright law compendium (PDF) that images taken by animals, including the 2011 primate self-shot, could not be registered for copyright by a human. Monkey Selfie "The Office will not register …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Aug 2014
Tools in Office Touch

First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

Microsoft is reportedly developing a tablet-optimized version of Office for Android devices, and it is scheduled to arrive before the Windows version. Veteran Redmond beat writer Mary Jo Foley cited company sources in reporting that Microsoft was planning to release a Windows tablet-optimized version of Office in the Spring of …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jun 2014
Screenshot of the Office 2013 installer for Office 365

This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year. That's a small discount on the $83.88 it would cost to pay the $6.99-a-month …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014

Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Microsoft is still keen to shift its perpetual-license Office customers over to the Office 365 subscription model, and to that end it's planning a shakeup of its Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses to offer customers more value and greater flexibility. Beginning on October 1, Redmond will launch three new Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2014
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NAO slaps down Cabinet Office gov-IT savings claims AGAIN

There are lies, damned lies and Cabinet Office statistics which give the impression that the Efficiency and Reform Group are achieving much more dramatic ICT savings than they actually are. Or so says a National Audit Office report, which again criticised the processes used to calculate how much money Government Digital Services …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2014
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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

The Home Office frittered away hundreds of millions of taxpayer pounds on a botched tech project designed to manage immigration and asylum applications, a National Audit Office report has revealed. The "flagship" IT programme, the Immigration Case Work computer system, was launched in 2010 to replace fragmented systems and pull …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

Life is about to get more expensive for some folk living in Microsoft's Office 365 world with a 15 per cent price hike in the offing from August. This is the first time Redmond has decided to ignore the unwritten laws of the cloudy industry by upping its price list for punters - those with an Enterprise Agreement that haven't …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014

Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

Microsoft last week flicked the switch on its offer of 1 terabyte of storage for all Office 365 users. The new deal has been read as a strike at Google's online offerings. But if you can find an envelope and a pencil stub, it looks like Redmond is taking a swipe at Amazon Web Services' Glacier cold storage facility, too. Here's …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2014

Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

British shoe shop chain Office is the latest corp to cop to a computer security breach – one that's leaked names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and passwords of its customers. The high-street name is refusing to say whether those web account passwords were stored in plaintext, or in a hashed or encrypted form. The firm would …

Stop! Yammer time: Microsoft's social biz service becomes one with Office 365

David Sacks, cofounder and former CEO of Yammer, has left his position at Microsoft after having steered the enterprise social networking service for nearly six years. Sacks, a former PayPal exec who has been an angel investor in various startups and even once dabbled in producing and financing an independent feature film, …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jul 2014
Microsoft Excel for iPad

Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

Microsoft has pointed out that the newly released Office for iPad won't immediately work for users of its SharePoint 2010 collaboration suite. As explained in two blog posts, one covering Excel documents and the other addressing PowerPoint files, the problem is that SharePoint 2010 “requires a plugin or active X to launch client …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2014

Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

The Home Office gave Dell just a fortnight to custom build 16,000 PCs but an admin cockup led to the order being shelved, and it is not clear if it will be re-tendered. A mini-auction took place in the first week of March with a build and delivery date set for the end of the month. Most of the tier ones competed on the deal but …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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YES, new Office for OS X is COMING, says German Microsoft bod

A Microsoft manager has said that Redmond plans to release a new version of Office for Mac this year, giving new hope to Apple loyalists stuck using the aging OS X version of Microsoft Office. In a brief interview with German tech pub Computerwoche at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany, Microsoft's new German Office boss …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2014
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Microsoft offers Google-esque multi-meddling options in Office Web Apps

Microsoft has added joint editing capabilities to Office 365 apps. The company announced on Thursday the fact you can jointly and simultaneously with colleagues edit Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App and Excel Web App. Microsoft promised you could see where colleagues are editing text and formatting so you can avoid changes …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Nov 2013

Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

Microsoft has launched two new initiatives designed to help its Office 365 business customers more easily anticipate forthcoming changes to the online service, including a public roadmap and a voluntary program that allows customers to receive some updates early. One benefit of using cloudy services such as Office 365 is that …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is reportedly about to reveal Office for the iPad. Invitations to an event at which Nadella will appear on March 27th have started to land on reporters' desks around the USA, and favoured outlets like the WSJ-refugee-founded Re|Code and Reuters appear to be receiving pre-event whispers to the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
Angry old man

Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Regus has coughed to what appears to be a major network outage affecting its UK-based customers, but the company is yet to explain what has gone wrong. One Register reader told us that his IT services firm, which runs from a Regus-serviced office that provides internet access, has been offline since mid-morning today. Anecdotal …
Team Register, 27 Aug 2014
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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

Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

Microsoft is planning to deliver seven bulletins next week in its scheduled monthly update. The company has posted its advance notification for the upcoming Patch Tuesday security release, which it said will consist of two critical bulletins and five others rated as important. According to Microsoft, the critical bulletins will …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014

Panic like it's 1999: Microsoft Office macro viruses are BACK

Macro viruses involving infected Word and Excel files were a plague in the late 1990s. Yet, like grunge music, the genre fell into decline as techniques and technologies moved on. More recently macro viruses have staged something of a revival, thanks to social-engineering trickery. Windows executable malware has dominated macro …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2014
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Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

Microsoft will soon debut a new formulation of its Office 365 subscription service aimed at individual consumers, the company said on Thursday, and in the process it hinted that new, touch-centric Office apps may be coming soon. "We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we're committed to delivering the …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
Office 365 Portal

Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

Microsoft is beefing up the security in Office 365 by offering two-factor authentication to all users of its cloud productivity service. The company said that it would enable two-factor authentication on accounts ranging from Enterprise and Midsize Business plans to academic accounts and standalone single-user subscription plans …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2014
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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released patches for critical security vulnerabilities in Word and Internet Explorer on what is to be the final Patch Tuesday update for Windows XP systems. The April edition of the monthly security update contains four bulletins that address a total of 11 vulnerabilities in various Microsoft products. Two of the …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

This week, Trevor Pott kicked off his exploration of Office 365 with this overview. Trevor and his team-mate Josh Folland have also produced four hands-on videos for Office 365. We will broadcast these over the next week or so – all free, all on demand. Here is the first, an Office 365 tutorial. Watch Video ®
David Gordon, 17 May 2013
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El Reg drills into Office 365: Unified communications

In the fourth and final video of our short how-to series on Office 365, Trevor Pott explores the software's unified communications' capabilities. Watch Video paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle
David Gordon, 07 Jun 2013
Ballmer Office 2013

No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Despite outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's much-ballyhooed push toward a "rapid release" publishing schedule, Microsoft now says it will ship a Service Pack for Office 2013 in early 2014. Microsoft marketing manager Chris Schneider alerted customers to the impending update on Wednesday, saying it would include feature updates and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
Parliament in the clouds

'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

The migration of Parliamentary mailboxes to Office 365 has left some ministers in a muddle, and caused others to question why the Houses did not decide to use the "free" alternative from Google. The Office 365 migration began in January but was delayed due to an unrelated network upgrade cockup that led to web outages and …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
Windows Phone 8

Microsoft zaps self in foot with WinPho/Office remote control app

Microsoft Research has released something cute: a Windows Phone app that acts as a “remote control” for Office 2013. Office Remote, available here, “turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC. The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room, so you can walk …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
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Microsoft: OK, Office 365 sellers – you can be customers' 'first contact'

Microsoft has relinquished more control over the way third-party suppliers can manage Office 365 and Windows InTune punters, finally making the channel the "first point of contact" for customers. It is now three years since the online productivity suite hit the streets. It took two years until Microsoft would allow third-party …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jul 2014

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services. Led by the Crime and Policing Group, under the auspices of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications programme, the new system must provide voice calls and wireless broadband …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the current way back office functions are deployed, citing further cost savings as the reason for doing so – and not, as our sources state, because of departmental in-fighting. Under the Next Generation Shared Service Strategy (NGSSS) rolled out by the Cabinet Office last March, the plan was …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014

Microsoft's Office 2013 Service Pack 1 slips out with fixes, features

Microsoft has shipped Office 2013 Service Pack 1, the first major update roll-up for the latest iteration of its desktop productivity software. The release applies only to traditional, perpetual-license versions of Office that were installed from media or by downloading a standard Windows MSI installer. Versions of Office that …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014

El Reg drills into Office 365: Email migration

Spinning up a new instance of Office 365 to provide email for a brand new domain is easy; migrating email from existing domains is not. If you're a systems administrator who can count to 10 more or less accurately you're probably okay to dive in, but the everyday non-technical user will still find it a bit of a struggle. In the …
David Gordon, 24 May 2013

Microsoft punts FREE Office 365 mail migration, but some are not chuffed with the idea

Microsoft will roll out free email migration services for Office 365 punters from the start of next month as it tries to accelerate adoption. At the same time, it is preparing to once again hurl buckets of cash at channel partners, those selling higher margin stuff, with the aim of getting customers to buy more cloudy …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2014
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El Reg drills into Office 365: User and device management

Over the last couple of weeks, our sysadmin columnist Trevor Pott has been digging deep in to Office 365, producing a series of hands-on articles and videos. This, the third of four videos, is about the user and device management features you can find in O365. Watch Video ® Screenshot of Microsoft promotional video touting …
Trevor Pott, 03 Jun 2013
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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

Office 365 is the “fastest growing business” in Microsoft’s history, the software giant has claimed. Microsoft reckons it has seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) adopting Office 365 in the last year. Windows Azure, the company’s alternative to Amazon’s public cloud, now has …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014
A boat full of Fail

Home Office clumsily LEAKS data of 1,598 immigrants, blames 'transparency'

The Home Office has embarrassingly coughed to accidentally leaking the personal details of 1,598 immigrants. Applicants in the “family returns” process had some of their personal data exposed online for nearly a fortnight, immigration minister Mark Harper admitted in a written statement to Parliament on Thursday. He blamed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013
Steve Ballmer

Which sweaty exec dreamt up Office for iOS? Ballmer, Ballmer, Ballmer

You wouldn't expect Steve Ballmer to shout "iPad, iPad, iPad" at his staff, but that's exactly what the perspiring madman might have yelled ahead of the release of Office for iOS. Youtube Video According to members of Microsoft's iPad development team, Bill Gates' excitable protégé personally pushed through the release of …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Apr 2014

Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

Our favourite sysadmin Trevor Pott has been digging deep into Office 365 in recent weeks. But even Trevor is only human, and there may be features you feel he hasn't fully touched on, or corners of the cloudy platform that haven't been properly aired so far. So we ran a Live Chat on Monday 24 June, when you had the opportunity …
Andy Goddard, 18 Jun 2013
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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters. Director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller emailed staff on 4 March to apologise for the "frustrating and inconvenient" episode …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2014
Nadella

FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you'll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than a lobotomized form. Nadella Nadella holds his first press conference since taking former CEO Steve Ballmer's crown The Apple App Store now …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 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 that …
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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

The Australian State of Queensland does not observe daylight saving and an old joke about the state says that air travellers entering the region have in the past been advised to “turn your watch back one hour and 50 years.” How then, to consider the State's decision to head for the cloud with a 149,000-seat deal for Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014

Cabinet Office admits it was forced to extend tech procurement rig

Cabinet Office was forced to paper over cracks in its procurement strategy by extending an infrastructure kit framework for two-thirds of a year as replacements remained way off completion, a spokesman admitted. The Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS) agreement had been set to go cold at the start of March having run for …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014
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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 Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Microsoft has made a version of its Office software available to Android users - as long as they are not using a tablet. Subscribers to Office 365 can download the app for free using Google Play and then spreadsheet away to their heart's content. All that's required, apart from the subscription, is Android 4.0 and a mobile …
Jasper Hamill, 31 Jul 2013
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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

Microsoft's legion of Office 365 floggers have waited 18 months for a tool that allows them to manage customers using the cloudy suite, and in that time blindly fielded some calls from irate folk suffering outages. But help is finally at hand, according to Adam Jung, senior product manager of the Office 365 team: a bigger and …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

Mac fans wedded to Microsoft Office face a stark choice on April 9 – upgrade or continue running the unsupported Office for Mac 2008. April 9 2013 is the date when Microsoft will stop providing new code and security fixes for Office for Mac 2008, which launched in January 2008. Redmond is urging Mac users to take out an Office …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2013