Articles about Office Software

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Securing Office 365? There's always more you can do

Wherever you look there's yet another SME or enterprise migrating to Office 365. This says a lot for the attractiveness of cloud-based office suites, and perhaps it also says something about the attractiveness of letting someone else look after one's SharePoint and Exchange servers rather than having to fight with their …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Oct 2016
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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and OneDrive-stored documents direct from a web browser. The truth though is that Microsoft has been careful not to disrupt its desktop Office software too much. Most …
Tim Anderson, 17 Feb 2016

What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

Microsoft has capped off a bumper year of epic patent stupidity all round with an award from the EFF for claiming ownership of a simple slider bar design. slider The design patent ... Some of Redmond's finest work apparently Graphical slider bars like this – used for setting audio volume, fill color, or the zoom scale of a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2015

Microsoft creates its own movie moment with fancy privacy manifesto

Microsoft has published what can only be described as a privacy manifesto. The unusual online screed comes complete with interactive graphics, including a recording of the FISA court's voicemail, and appears geared at pitching Microsoft as the protector of people's global data. Written by president and chief legal officer …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2015
Office Online for Chrome

Insert headline here for Microsoft Office tweaks

Just in time for a weekend that can't come soon enough, Microsoft has rolled out a handful of features for Office on Windows and OS X. The update includes browser plug-ins and increased support for Microsoft's Skype and Visual Basic, as well as a lower storage requirement for Office on Android. Here are some of the new …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2015

Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 has begun shipping to customers who reserved their free upgrades, Microsoft has also announced general availability of the touch-centric Office Mobile apps for the new OS. This isn't the next version of the full Office productivity suite for desktop PCs. That version, dubbed Office 2016, won't ship until …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

Opinion What happens when your data sample isn’t representative of the public? We already know, for 2015 is turning out to be the year of the dodgy opinion poll. And it isn’t just politicians who are being stung. In Windows 10, Microsoft says it will hide running apps from the task bar, breaking a twenty-year-old convention which …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2015

Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

"Remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets" is not what many of you want to hear today – nor "remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer" – but it's Patch Tuesday, so what do you expect? Microsoft has issued a batch of security fixes for Internet Explorer …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2014
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday. At the start of this month, the software giant was given 20 days to submit written details to China's competition authorities explaining how the company's Windows operating system works together with its bundled Office suite. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …

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
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

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

MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

A 700MB file that hackers claimed contains valuable database information on bankrupted MtGox is actually hiding Bitcoin wallet file-stealing malware, researchers have warned. Kaspersky Lab’s Sergey Lozhkin claimed in a blog post last Friday that the entire data leak story, which emerged after MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles had his blog …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Mar 2014

Crown Commercial Services turn screws on Commodity IT suppliers

Crown Commercial Services is turning the screws on suppliers operating on the Commodity IT Hardware & Software framework by cutting margins and ruling that all orders over £250k will require special approval. These new terms come into effect on 1 March and run for eight months, following CCS's decision to extend the agreement, …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

Miscreants have brewed up a variant of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware that uses worm-like features to spread across removable drives. The recently discovered CRILOCK-A variant can spread more easily than previous forms of CryptoLocker. The latest nasty is also notable because it comes under previously unseen guises - such …
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014
Parliament in the clouds

The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

Update The UK Parliament is migrating to Office 365, which will become the default option for email, file-sharing, hosted apps and storage services for MPs and parliamentary staff from May 2015. Like many organisations, Parliament has decided that moving to the cloud offers the potential for financial savings. A January meeting of …
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2013

IE 0-day plugged up but TIFF terror continues in November Patch Tuesday

November's edition of Patch Tuesday brought relief from an IE zero-day exploit but a TIFF image-handling vulnerability under active attack from hackers remains unpatched. Microsoft released a total of five bulletins, three of which are marked up as critical and five of which are designated as important. The patch batch …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013

Windows, Office zero-day vuln must wait for next Patch Tuesday, says MS

Microsoft is lining up eight bulletins for the November edition of patch Tuesday (12 November), including three critical fixes, but there's no relief in sight for a zero-day vulnerability in how Office handles .TIFF graphics files. Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in a graphics library that is used by Microsoft …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013
Student with textbooks

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
Jeanette Horan

IBM CIO's Great Refresh: No, Sales Guy, you can't JUST use DropBox

CIO interview She might be CIO of IBM, but Jeanette Horan is just like you: replacing Windows XP with Windows 7, ripping out Internet Explorer 6 and floating a growing amount of software on the cloud. She also has to contend with staffers begging her for the ability to share information using third-party sync 'n' share apps like DropBox. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2013
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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

HP gets closer to Google with reseller deal

HP has joined forces with Google to sell collections of HP gear along with Google's Apps software. The HP SMB IT in a Box program was announced by HP at its HP Discover conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, alongside news of HP entering the Google Apps Reseller program. HP has traditionally had a strong relationship with …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013
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Office 365 gives Aston Martin a smoother ride

Aston Martin, James Bond's favourite sports car maker, celebrates its centenary this year. The company recently shifted its disparate office IT onto Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. Designing, building and selling high-performance cars requires reliable systems that can deal with data-dense diagrams and images. Aston …
John Oates, 04 Jun 2013

Word 2 to Office 365 and beyond: The good, the bad and the Ribbon

Live Chat Since the pioneering work of Word and Excel daddy Charles Simonyi, Microsoft has set the gold standard on productivity applications on the PC. With the Office software suite, Microsoft built a moneymaker worth billions of dollars that has been further sustained by a network of devs who’ve reinforced the cash machine with add-ons …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2013
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Apple seeks techies, designers to revive iWork office suite

Apple looks set to refresh its answer to Microsoft's office: the neglected iWork software suite, which hasn't received a significant update since 2009. Listings on its jobs page, some of which date back a few months, the fruity firm says it is looking for nine people to help develop the office software collection. Could this be …
Jasper Hamill, 15 May 2013

Office Software Checkpoint

Tech Panel Results The desktop productivity space has been dominated for many years by Microsoft Office. Open source alternatives and cloud services like Google Apps have made some inroads, but most mainstream businesses are still hooked on Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel to one degree or another, with Exchange acting as a back end hub for …
Dale Vile, 09 May 2013

Citrix: Hey channel, we're BAAAA-ACK. Can't flog clouds without you

Citrix is to again allow resellers to sell a portion of its cloudy wares. The vendor claims that the increased size of the market means supporting a channel is now economically viable. The Citrix SaaS Advisor programme is to be rolled out over the coming months with resell and referral elements for office software products such …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

Review Now that Microsoft has kicked off its gradual, rolling launch of Office 2013 and the accompanying refresh of the subscription-based Office 365, the time has come to ask the hard questions: Do I upgrade? And if so, which version is right for me? All but lost in all the hype and hoopla over Office 365 Home Premium during Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2013

China's IP boss says West distorts piracy problem

China’s IP boss has hit out at ‘unfair’ Western media reports criticising the country’s record on intellectual property rights and piracy, claiming that foreign tech companies wouldn’t build their kit in the PRC if the problem was as bad as it is portrayed to be. State Intellectual Property Office chief, Tian Lipu, admitted to …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2012
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Apache promotes OpenOffice to top-level project

Ever since Oracle dumped OpenOffice on the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), progress in developing the free office apps suite has been glacial at best. That may now change with the announcement that OpenOffice is now officially a Top-Level Project (TLP) for the open source group. "The OpenOffice graduation is the official …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2012
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Office for Android and iOS to ship by March 2013?

A product manager for Microsoft's Czech division may have let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday – almost – when he announced that versions of Microsoft Office for Android and iOS devices may ship as early as the first quarter of next year. After spotting a report on the Czech site IHNED, The Verge was first to cite Microsoft …
Neil McAllister, 10 Oct 2012

Chinese gov splurges £102 MILLION to replace pirated software

The Chinese government has put its money where its mouth is, spending around US$160 million (£102m) to replace pirated software in central and provincial government offices with the real thing. The outlay comes as part of the second phase of a national plan to stamp out software piracy in the public sector, according to the …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2012
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iOS App of the Week There have been a lot of rumours recently about Microsoft launching a version of Office for the iPad. I doubt it - it would amount to a pre-admission of the failure of Windows 8 on tablets. It’s not really essential either, as there are a number of good Office-compatible applications and suites that are already available for …
Cliff Joseph, 26 Apr 2012
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Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

Yes it crashed a lot. It crashed less than its predecessor though, and kept Microsoft on the path to desktop domination. This was Windows 3.1, released on 6 April 1992, nearly two years after Windows 3.0 was pushed out in May 1990. Minimum system requirements are MS-DOS 3.1 or later, 2MB RAM, and a hard drive with 6MB free. …
Tim Anderson, 06 Apr 2012
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LibreOffice will have roadmap for cloud service next month

The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces the leading open source office software suite LibreOffice, is on schedule for the release of its plan to offer a cloud version of its software next month. The team released the last update to its 3.4 build on Thursday and is now focused on developing version 3.5 further, but the …
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2012
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CloudOn brings Office to UK iPad users

After a rocky start, CloudOn is now opening its free application, which allows limited use of Microsoft’s Office suite on an iPad, to UK users. The application works in synchronization with the online file sharing service Dropbox, and allows users to view and edit Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, as well as to …
Iain Thomson, 17 Feb 2012
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'That is the best tattoo of James May on a leg I have ever seen'

Quotw This was the week when Apple's plans for a Black Friday sale on pretty much everything except its iPhone were leaked to the web and speaking of iPhones, rumours were once more circulating about the elusive number 5 and how well-endowed it will be. The fruity firm was also getting a ribbing from a new US advert for the Samsung …
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OMG - It's raining raw fish in tasty little packages

Fast fishy food chain YO Sushi! plans to buy servers no more as it heads into the cloud, according to IT manager Billy Waters. A much needed infrastructure refresh was looming for the firm which carves up raw fish and serves it on conveyer belts for punters, as it was using Microsoft Exchange, Office and other apps on seven year …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2011
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Microsoft confirms Kinect SDK for business in 2012

Microsoft has confirmed it will release a full commercial SDK for the Kinect in early 2012, and it’s hoping that the technology will cross the chasm from gaming into the business world. Steve Ballmer promised the Kinect SDK would be released at this January’s CES, and in February Microsoft confirmed a beta version for …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2011
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On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate

The Document Foundation, which produces the LibreOffice open source office-software suite, is celebrating the first anniversary of the code’s release. LibreOffice was born out of disgruntlement at the way Oracle handled the OpenOffice project after it took ownership of Sun. This time last year, key open source developers left …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011

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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Google suit halts Microsoft fed contract

Google has successfully prevented the US Department of the Interior from awarding a $49.3 million email contract to Microsoft. At least temporarily. Late last year, Google sued the Department of the Interior (DOI), claiming it didn't give Google a fair chance to win a contract to provide email and collaboration services for its …
Cade Metz, 05 Jan 2011

OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

Microsoft is trying to convince customers who have fled the company’s Office software in favour of an open source alternative to return to the proprietary flock by publicly dissing its rival. But the rival in question, as you might expect, isn’t internet kingpin Google. Instead, Redmond has splashed out on an ad that warns …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2010
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How neutrality locks in the web's 'Hyper Giants'

Analysis The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. - Animal Farm By the mid 1990s it had become pointless to compete with Microsoft in operating systems and office software - and investment in potential competitors dried up. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Aug 2010

End of Microsoft NHS deal means mass deletions

Microsoft has warned any NHS worker who took advantage of the huge discounts available for installing MS Office at home that they must now delete the software. The NHS used to buy its software from Microsoft as part of an Enterprise Agreement. One of the advantages of this purchasing procedure, apart from costing less, was …
John Oates, 16 Jul 2010
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Vista-hating Microsoft throws poo at Apple's iPhone 4

Microsoft really, really hates its dud Vista operating system - so much so that it can now openly badmouth its own product while taking a bitchy stab at Apple and its current iPhone 4 antenna woes. The company’s COO Kevin Turner took to the stage at Microsoft’s annual partner shindig yesterday to offload some snarky soundbites …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010
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Office 2010 retail sales shaken, not stirred

Early sales of Microsoft’s Office 2010 proved somewhat “disappointing” in the first two weeks that the software hit retail shelves, according to research outfit NPD Group. NPD’s weekly tracking service found that units and dollars were down from Office 2007’s first two weeks of sales. Despite that, the company said Microsoft’s …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2010
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Microsoft legal foes withdraw EU complaint

IT trade lobby group ECIS is withdrawing a complaint against Microsoft it originally filed with European regulators in 2006. The complaint raised interoperability issues with server and office software, including networking protocols and file formats. In 2007, Redmond pledged to provide competitors with technical information, …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2010

OpenOffice 3.2 is on tap

OpenOffice 3.2 is available for download. Improvements in the latest release of the open source office suite include faster start-ups, improved compatibility with other office programs, and several new features (with special attention to the Calc spreadsheet program.) At the same time, the team is celebrating its …
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010