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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
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Microsoft's 'Gemini' project will be the Windows Blue of Office

Even as Microsoft has publicly acknowledged the existence of Windows "Blue," the much-buzzed-about Service Pack reworking of Windows 8 due later this year, the rumor mill is already churning with rumblings about a similar update project underway for Office 2013. According to Redmond-watcher Mary-Jo Foley's sources, that project …
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2013

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

Microsoft has unveiled its first attempt to seduce consumers into paying subscription pricing for its Office 365 package. For $99.99 a year, buyers get the Office 365 Home Premium, which gives them a license to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access applications on five computers in the home. …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013
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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

Gartner research director Larry Cannell thinks Yammer gives Microsoft the impetus to "rethink Office". Cannell's point is that Microsoft needs to reshape Microsoft for the social age. He's right, but I don't think he goes nearly far enough. Microsoft Office is losing its relevance in a world that creates vast quantities of new …
Matt Asay, 16 Nov 2012
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Microsoft cut 'n' pastes Office market boss into undisclosed role

Microsoft has shunted Chris Capossela, who had been the company's marketing head of Office and other business software, over to a yet-to-be-announced "leadership role". Up until yesterday, the senior Redmond veteran had been responsible for flogging the vendor's Office, SharePoint, Exchange and – most recently – Office 365 …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2011
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Office 365: Can Microsoft replace Microsoft?

When it comes to selling new versions of Office, Microsoft's toughest competitor isn't IBM or Google. It's Microsoft. Typically, when Microsoft releases brand new version of its desktop productivity suite, large numbers of customers cling to the versions they already have. The old versions do exactly what they want, and the new …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2011
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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

October is stacking up to be a bumper Patch Tuesday update with nine bulletins lined up for delivery — three rated critical. Cloud security firm Qualys estimates two of the lesser "important" bulletins are just as bad however, as they would also allow malicious code injection onto vulnerable systems. Top of the critical list is …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2014

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question? Let's begin by saying money was not the problem that needed solving: on that, the world's largest software company is printing cash. In January Microsoft announced yet another record quarter, this time thanks in huge part to Xbox sales over Christmas and its server software …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2014
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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

It's shaping up to be a summer of U-turns for Microsoft. In May Redmond revealed big changes to Windows 8 that increasingly look like a step-away from the all-or-nothing march into the Metro touch UI. Microsoft's now retreating on Xbox One as Don Mattrick, president of the company's interactive entertainment business, was …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2013
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Microsoft inflates Web Office test program

Microsoft's Outlook format isn't the only things being opened up. Just over a month after releasing a limited pilot of its long-awaited online version of Office, Microsoft has said it's inviting more people to participate in tests. Office Web apps program manager Nick Simons said in a blog post that the company was responding …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2009
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Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

Large corporations which find themselves with an unexpectedly popular feature tend to go overboard with it. So it was with Java, which in the mid-1990s rapidly evolved from a programming language into an environment, then a platform, and then an embedded OS – so we got "Java for lightbulbs" - and finally a corporate philosophy. …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2011
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Google lures Microsoft Officers with Docs plug-in

Google has launched a service designed to pilfer Microsoft Office users. On Monday, the search giant released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, a service that lets Microsoft customers upload Office docs to Google's servers, so they can be edited and exchanged via Mountain View's existing Google Docs online word …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2010

Hang in there, Internet Explorer peeps: Gaping zero-day fix coming Tues

Microsoft is preparing to close a wide-open security hole in Internet Explorer - a vulnerability state-backed spies are exploiting to mine organisations across Asia. A update to fix the flaw is among four critical patches Redmond has lined up for the October edition of Patch Tuesday, due next week. Versions 6 through to 11 of …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2013

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

British science fiction author Charles Stross has published a mighty rant on the subject of Microsoft Word, which he is attempting to will out of existence. Stross has form as a critic of Redmond, having penned a Linux column for another outlet. His complaint on this occasion is not just with Word itself, but rather the fact …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2013
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Office 2010 to come loaded with WGA's bastard child

Microsoft has stretched its twitching anti-piracy tentacles more widely across the globe with the expansion of its Office Genuine Advantage Notifications program into 13 more countries. The software giant confirmed yesterday that 41 countries could now enroll in Redmond’s voluntary program that offers end users “enhanced …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2009
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Microsoft Office Snaps into back office

Microsoft has released code for developers and ISVs that continues its strategy of turning Office into the window on customers' back-end business data. Microsoft has shipped four programs, collectively called Dynamics Snap, that integrate calendar data in the Office 2003 edition of Outlook with business processes in Microsoft's …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Feb 2006
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Bumper Patch Tuesday plugs multiple Office flaws

Critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office star in the latest edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates. All told, Microsoft has released six critical patches and five patches described as important, addressing a total of 26 underlying vulnerabilities. All six critical updates address code injection risks involving Access, …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2008
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Microsoft petitions for second look at Word XML decision

Microsoft has asked US judges to take a second look at their ruling that confirmed the software giant would be fined $240m for patent infringements in Word. The company has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for both a rehearing by both a panel and the full set of judges presiding over the case. The US appeals court …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2010
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Microsoft 'record' results beat Jedi mind trickery

Microsoft has reported record financial results for the quarter ending June 30, and the big money maker was Windows. Despite attempts at Jedi mind trickery involving cloud services, the company remains firmly wedded to the earth-bound PC. Revenue for Windows jumped 43 per cent during the company's fiscal fourth quarter, to $4. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2010
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Ballmer aims chair at Apple after Windows package miss

Steve Ballmer is eyeing up an Apple-style future for Microsoft of device manufacture and support, just as he’s been personally dinged for underperforming in one of the company’s cash cows: Windows. Microsoft’s chief executive has evangelised devices as the future opportunity for Redmond in his annual letter to shareholders, …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2012
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Microsoft looks to partners to force Office upgrades

Microsoft is calling on its partners to overcome customer inertia in the Office franchise, and help drive sales of its desktop and server productivity system. Microsoft opened its Worldwide partner conference with tantalizing tales of $140bn in unrealized market opportunities for companies building applications and services …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2005
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Microsoft ignites idea of independent versions of Office

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to create any more versions of Microsoft Office, Redmond has raised the prospect of more of even more flavors. Only not from Microsoft. Microsoft has said it expects its use of XML to describe Office file formats, namely the Office XML File Format, will lead others to build …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2006
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Microsoft seeks patent on ebook page flip

As if to dispell all doubt that innovation is alive and well in Redmond, Microsoft has filed a patent application for – wait for it – the "Virtual Page Turn". Yes, with filing number 20100175018 at the US Patent and Trademark Office, Microsoft is seeking to patent the animation of a page-flip when a user makes the appropriate …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jul 2010
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Microsoft's Live Search to morph into Bing?

Microsoft has trademarked “Bing” and registered .com and .net domain names, in a move that some are surmising could point to the new moniker for the company's Live Search brand. For months many Microsoft observers have suggested that the software giant’s Live Search would be rebranded under the name “Kumo” after MS registered it …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2009
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Microsoft opens arms to Firefox with OXML plug-in release

Microsoft has today released a plug-in for Firefox that allows Open XML documents to be viewed within the popular open source browser. The software giant said that its new Open XML Document Viewer works within Firefox and can be used on Windows and Linux platforms without needing a local installation of MS Office. Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2008
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Office 2003: one year on

Richard Glew, Microsoft's worldwide director of partner marketing, told The Reg how the introduction of Office 2003 has changed the way the software giant's reseller partners work with customers. Glew said Office 2003 was the first time the desktop applications came with a proper developer platform, enabling independent …
John Oates, 27 Jan 2005
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Google blinks on office suite

Global search merchant Google is contemplating hiring engineers to help build OpenOffice applications. Google's manager for open-source programs Chris DiBona told news.com: "We want to hire a couple of people to help make OpenOffice better." With these innocent, careless words DiBona started another snowstorm of speculation …
John Oates, 01 Nov 2005
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HP and Microsoft in $300m love-in

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are spending $300m over three years to bring new software to the 20,000 enterprise customers they share. The money will slosh around Microsoft's messaging and unified communications, collaboration and content management, business intelligent, process integration and core infrastructure. …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2006
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Zero-day update duo to star in upcoming Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft plans to release a dozen bulletins on Tuesday – three of which address critical flaws. The February Patch Tuesday batch includes a fix for a critical Windows thumbnail preview flaw as well as patching an equally serious flaw in how Internet Explorer handles Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Each of these zero-day …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011
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Google Sun (Office) not a threat, says MS

The Microsoft exec in charge of Office has dismissed last week's tie-up between Sun and Google as illusion rather than substance. "That announcement didn't have anything," Chris Capossela, corporate vice president,Information Worker Product Management Group of Microsoft, told a crowd of Dutch reporters last week. "It had …
Jan Libbenga, 10 Oct 2005
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Window closing on Office 2003

Microsoft is facing an uphill battle to push copies of Office 2003 on customers and its ISV partner ecosystem, ahead of next year's predicted launch of Office 12. Office 2003 appears to be falling behind in targeted sales for this point in the product's lifecycle, according to Microsoft's own internal figures and guidelines. …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2005
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Microsoft discovers secret to impressing Wall Street

Microsoft has changed the way it breaks out its financials in a shake-up likely to accentuate the positive and shield loss-making activities from close scrutiny. The company said Monday it is consolidating seven existing operating segments into five, to "further align the company around three new operating divisions" created …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2006
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Novell uses numbers against Microsoft

Novell has been juggling the numbers in its latest effort to gain a toehold on business desktops against Microsoft's Office and integrated server software. The company, struggling to pull itself clear of a first-quarter slump in net income and falling software licensing revenue, claimed customers running the Novell Open …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2006
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Sun seeks many Davids for MS Office fight

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sun Microsystems Inc is hatching a set of XML data standards for use in desktop productivity applications, in attempt to unseat Microsoft Corp's domination of office applications, Gavin Clarke writes. Palo Alto, California-based Sun said Friday it is working on a set of potential …
ComputerWire, 02 Sep 2002
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Microsoft dragged into accepting ODF

Microsoft is reluctantly lending its name to a project for interoperability between Office 2007 and desktop productivity software using a non-Microsoft supported file format. The Open XML Translator Project will allow desktop productivity applications saved using the industry backed Open Document Format (ODF), which Microsoft …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jul 2006
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OpenOffice challenges Microsoft on XML standards

The open source community has taken a further step towards unseating Microsoft's Office productivity hegemony, with the release of its latest suite. OpenOffice 2.0 has been released featuring a new interface and a standards-based XML architecture intended to tempt even more governments, companies and individuals to convert from …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2005
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Vista and Office 2007 spin tales from the Underground

Microsoft launched Vista and Office 2007 at the end of last week to a gathering of developers in its UK headquarters in Thames Valley Park, Reading, and a couple of us from Freeform Dynamics were there to hear what the Redmond software giant had to say. The event itself was typical of Microsoft, pretty slick and well presented …
Dale Vile, 26 Jan 2007
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MS Office vastly overpriced, says UK consumer outfit

Microsoft software is seven times more expensive than alternatives, the latest issue of UK Consumers Association magazine Computing Which? claims today. But although the claim does have some justification, in going for the extreme the magazine misses the byzantine subtleties of Microsoft's pricing machine. 'Nobody ever buys …
John Lettice, 30 Apr 2004
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Canada's privacy chief hails Microsoft's Seven Laws of Identity

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has published a plan for automated internet privacy that is backed by Microsoft. Dr Ann Cavoukian has called for programmers to embed privacy capabilities in software. A Microsoft-led project to create an "identity layer" for the internet created Seven Laws of Identity, which …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Oct 2006
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MS wields price cutlass at Chinese pirates

Microsoft has slashed the retail price of its Office 2007 suite in China by over 70 per cent for versions to counter widespread piracy in the country. The software giant has cut the selling price for Office 2007 Home and Student Edition to 199 yuan ($29) from 699 yuan ($102) as a special promotional offer that kicked off on …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Sep 2008
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Microsoft profits and sales go skyward

Microsoft, the biggest software company on earth, once again bucked the trend in the IT sector by posting higher sales and earnings. While most other global IT firms have struggled to grab more sales, Microsoft on Thursday said its sales were up nearly 11 percent year-on-year in its fiscal fourth quarter, to USD8.07 billion. …
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French MoD questions OpenOffice security

The French Ministry of Defense has reportedly raised a red flag on OpenOffice, saying the open source desktop suite is less secure than Microsoft's product. A classified report by the ministry into OpenOffice has apparently concluded the suite is more susceptible to attack from macros than Microsoft Office. Details of the …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2006
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David Brent stars in MS training vids

TV boss from hell David Brent lives on in a set of two training videos made for Microsoft UK. Comedian Ricky Gervais, star of hit sitcom The Office, recorded the videos at Microsoft's Reading campus last month. Posters inviting staff to enter competitions to appear alongside Brent in the training videos - titled I'm Back, and …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2004
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Google and Sun: press conference at six

Google and Sun are holding a joint press conference this evening to head off an orgy of speculation not seen since Ginger/Segway threatened to overload speculation networks earlier this century. Top of the charts this lunchtime are suggestions that the two could be collaborating to distribute Sun's Star Office - the company's …
John Oates, 04 Oct 2005
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Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator

road s101k handy pc German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator. Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI. It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too. Opening the clamshell device reveals a …
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2006
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MS in illegal music download shocker

Back in 2004, Microsoft big cheese Steve "Ballistic" Ballmer reportedly claimed that "the most common format of music on an iPod is 'stolen'." - in the process extolling the virtue of Windows DRM which, as we all know, completely prevents piracy of any sort, anywhere, ever. Ballmer quickly backtracked on the iPod claim and just …
Lester Haines, 02 May 2006
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MS scorns Israeli OpenOffice defection

The Israeli Ministry of Commerce - essentially the treasury - has suspended all contracts with Microsoft. First out of the door is the Israeli employment agency, which will replace 550 out of 700 users with OpenOffice. The contract represents a hardware win for IBM. Some 150 staff will stay on Microsoft Office. For now, all the …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Nov 2003
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Desktop Linux relies on the kindness of strangers

An OSDL project to simplify porting and integration of applications with Linux desktops is gambling on support from Linux distros and other community standards efforts. Organizers of the Portland Project, released to beta this week, are talking to Linux providers to achieve distribution with their desktop software, and the Free …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2006
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IBM exec outlines MS plan to throttle...

...well, take your pick. In this case, it's OS/2 - IBM's ill-fated OS, now remembered with fondness by those who think that the Hillman Avenger is a classic automobile*: IBM exec outlines MS plan to throttle OS/2, Lotus By John Lettice Published Friday 28th May 1999 10:02 GMT IBM exec Garry Norris yesterday detailed a …
Team Register, 28 May 2004
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Windows Woundup Where it's at with Whistler

Welcome to the new-look Windows Woundup, which will wend its way awound the Windows sites on a daily basis. So if you have anything you would like to see covered or hear about, pass it on! To begin this week, I'll give you a brief roundup of what happened last week at Microsoft's headquarters. What happened to Windows Whistler …
Luis Escalante, 23 Jan 2001