Everything Microsoft - Latest Microsoft News, Guides, Reviews & Themes » Office http://www.everything-microsoft.com Latest Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Office, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360 News, W8 Beta, Rumors, Downloads, Themes, Wallpapers, Help & more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:00:31 +0000 en-EN hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Microsoft reveals Office 2013 pricinghttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/17/microsoft-reveals-office-2013-pricing/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/09/17/microsoft-reveals-office-2013-pricing/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:49:26 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95541 Microsoft today has revealed the final pricing structure for all versions of Office 2013. The company decided to make available subscription-based and standalone packages of the latest version of Office. The subscription packages start at $99.99 for a year and allow installations on up to five Windows PCs or Macs. Standalone versions of Office 2013 start at $139.99 and are limited to one PC or Mac installation only.

This highlights Microsoft intention to drive users towards a subscription-based model as it is not only costing less but also offering more features than the standalone versions of Office. The biggest feature without doubt is the 5 PC or Mac license that Office 365 users get, but that is not the only benefit of the subscription model. Office 365 Home Premium, the smallest subscription-based model offers Outlook, Publisher and Access which only Office 2013 Professional is offering, and that version retails for $399.99.

Subscription-based users on top of that get 20 Gigabyte of SkyDrive storage (it is not clear if that is added on top of existing storage or a minimum that is made available to Office 365 users) and 60 Skype world minutes per month.

Office 365 Small Business Premium users get a shared calendar and a 25 Gigabyte mailbox, 10 Gigabyte plus 500 Megabyte per user access to business document storage, HD video conferencing and the option to create company websites, share documents and stay connected to a team. What they do not get is the SkyDrive storage and the Skype world minutes per month.

Take a look at the following table that highlights the new Office line-up for consumers and small businesses (click on the image to display it in full size).

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Especially the limitation to installations on 1 PC or Mac is a serious blow to home Office users, who previously got access to a version of Office that they could install on 3 PCs or Macs.

The subscription model looks cheaper on first glance, but will end up costing more in the long run, especially if there is only one user and one device the program is used on.  (via The Verge)

 

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Microsoft launches Outlook.com Mailhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/01/microsoft-launches-outlookcom-mail/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/08/01/microsoft-launches-outlookcom-mail/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:01:31 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95297 Microsoft yesterday launched the new email portal Outlook.com and the tubes on the Internet have been buzzing about it every since.  One of the interesting aspects is it is not a standalone service that is entirely new, but can be used right away by users of Hotmail or Windows Live. New users who never bothered with Hotmail before can however head over to the new Outlook portal to register a new @outlook.com account there.

Before we look at what Outlook.com is offering, I’d like to spend a moment talking about migrating from Hotmail to the new email portal. When you are signed into Hotmail, you can switch to Outlook by clicking on Options > Upgrade to Outlook.com. When you do, you are automatically taken to the new Outlook portal. Rest assured, that you can go back to Hotmail from there should you dislike what you see.

The new Outlook.com

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When you load the interface for the first time you will notice that is is different from Hotmail in almost every aspect. It begins with a top nav bar that is always there, linking to various email related options like replying, deleting or using the services’ sweep feature. Here you also find the settings, integration of social networking features and links to the user profile.

The left sidebar displays mail folders and aliases, and an interesting quick views listing which is a filter of sorts that makes available email types, for instance those that include document attachments, photos, or shipping information.

The main area is by default divided into two panes, with the upper pane listing the messages of the selected folder, and the lower pane the currently selected message. On the right finally are information about people that you are communicating with. This works best when you have integrated at least one social networking service into Outlook. When you do, you may see the latest activity of the user on those social networking sites which may be very helpful at times.

If you have played around with Windows 8′s mail app you may have noticed that it looks a lot like the mail interface of Outlook.com (especially if you switch from the horizontal to the vertical pane view mode. The big difference here is the new social pane that we have already mentioned in the review.

Hotmail users who came to love some of the service’s tools will be glad that they have all been migrated to the new Outlook service. Outlook.com uses the same spam filter that is powering Hotmail, and you get access to the previously mentioned Sweep feature, automatic newsletter unsubscribe options and more.

One question that we have not addresses yet is about the why. Why is Microsoft launching Outlook.com as an email service when they have Hotmail for the very same purpose? The short answer is because it will replace Hotmail at some time in the future. For now, it runs side by side to give Hotmail and new users ample time to try and test the new service. Eventually, Microsoft will migrate all existing Hotmail users over to Outlook.com to provide everyone with a unified experience.

Hotmail is not a horrible service, but it had a reputation for being somewhat old fashioned and not as hip as Gmail. With Outlook.com, the cards are dealt anew and it is very likely that many users who did not even want to try Hotmail out will try the new Outlook service.

It is rare when you only see praise and only little criticism when it comes to new products or services that Microsoft launches. If this is anything to go by, the new Outlook seems to have become an instant hit on the Internet with users rushing to the service to grab their name@outlook.com email address.

Judging from the little time that I used the service, I have to admit that it is an excellent service already. While I’m not a fan of social media sites per-se, I like the fact that you can get information about mail recipients and senders right from within the site without having to leave it.

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Office 2013 but Oh, So Bland!http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/19/office-2013-bland/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/19/office-2013-bland/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:35:39 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95114 George Garza  has written a good insight into the new Office 2013 (See: “A Quick View of Office 2013“). It  is easy to download and it installs effortlessly, provided of course you have a Microsoft Hotmail account or a Live Mail account.

I am using Word 2013 from the Microsoft’s Office 2013 package to write this blog. It is a very acceptable application much like its predecessor Word 2010.

One aspect of it that does not grab me is its “blandness“. The toolbars and icons are pretty well colourless and with a white background (can this be changed?), it looks so undistinguished. I’ve checked out the other apps in Office 2013 and find they have the same bland look.

Downloading and installing Office 2013 requires you to use a registered Hotmail or Live Mail account. If you have neither you need to create and register and account before completing the installation process.

Accessing Office 2013?

After installation Windows 8 users you will find all the program icons as individual apps in Metro. These can be added to the Taskbar for easy access when working on the Desktop.

 

For those users who are still persisting with Windows 7, once installed Office 2013 appears under Programs in the Start menu.

 

Providing Feed-back to Microsoft

In the top right-hand corner is a smiley icon. Clicking it gives you the choice to “Send a Smile” or “Send a Frown“. Selecting either opens a report dialog box where you are able to give your opinion on the application. Some may find this a bit gimmicky but when Windows 8 was first released Microsoft listened to many suggestions, not all of course, as the Start men is still a “no-no”. So take the opportunity to give the Office 2013′s developers some feedback.

 

 

The two illustrations displayed below indicate how you can use this feedback method. This device is designed to help Microsoft developers gauge the public reactions. One aspect of this which some might find interesting is that you are obliged to include your e-mail address.

It should be remembered that Office 2013 is still only in beta mode but I’m sure your comments may bear fruit in the final wash-up.

Saving Your Work

Saving your work in Word 2013 has a new twist to it. You can save it directly to your SkyDrive account, to the computer (this defaults to the Documents folder) or to Add a place. With the latter you have the option of choosing another location say a portable hard drive or a folder elsewhere. Pretty flexible, eh!

As we all know there is a push by Microsoft and others contenders, DropBox and Google, to save data on the Cloud. Saving and storing files on SkyDrive is in line with Microsoft’s push to make this the common storage location for the future.

Huge numbers of users downloaded Windows 8 in all its versions taking advantage of Microsoft’s offer. Now its time to do the same with Office 2013. You will be pleasantly surprised by it. So do this but don’t forget to register your views about its usability.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Quick View of Office 2013http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/quick-view-office-2013/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/quick-view-office-2013/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:11:22 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95086 New Release…Microsoft has released the preview version of Office 2013. Microsoft has reengineered its traditional Office Suite in order to provide a new dimension of the business product that has been successful for the last 23 years. Here is a quick summary of the main features of this product.

The Suite has the standard products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. That is called Office 2013. This is important because Microsoft in its own way is using the standard Office suite as a launching point for other operations.

Availability

Users will be surprised by how Office is made available. While the conventional Office distribution is available with a perpetual license tied to a PC. But Office 2013 adds Office 365 subscription services. This means that you can install the desktop

apps on up to five PCs and store documents using 20 GB of included SkyDrive storage.

The Office 2013 user interface follows many of the Metro design guidelines of Windows 8. Removing “chrome” is one of the biggest changes to the effect that when you open an Office desktop app on Windows 7 or Windows 8, you don’t see any window borders.

The Ribbon… Still there. However, it is flattened, with a plain white background. You’ll notice vivid colors on the File menu and in the status bar along the bottom, with color-coding to help distinguish between different office programs (dark blue for Word, green for Excel, orange for PowerPoint, and so on).

Running Office 2013 on Windows 7 is easy, however, it will be interesting to see how it functions on the Windows 8 environment. Because Windows 8 will be geared to the touch screen, the desktop apps now also include options that make them easier to use on touch-enabled devices such as tablets. You can use Word’s new Read mode to change a document into columns that use the full screen, then with a flick of the finger flip through the document.

 

Office 365 Versions

The Cloud is big on the Microsoft agenda. So big in fact that the Office 365 versions include cloud storage, with SkyDrive Pro to sync files between SharePoint and the desktop.  The cloud-based storage also allows easy online sharing and syncing.

The preview option of Office 2013 give users a taste of what will come down the pike when Windows 8 is released. The options available now for Office 2013 will create an interesting invocation of Windows 8. If it is this good now…wait for the new OS implementation.

 

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Microsoft Reveals Office 2013 and Offers Public Previewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/microsoft-reveals-office-2013-offers-public-preview/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/07/17/microsoft-reveals-office-2013-offers-public-preview/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:50:24 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=95056

Yesterday, Microsoft introduced the latest version of their popular Office suite of productivity applications. Office 2013 ushers in a new era of productivity computing for both Microsoft and the world. The new version of Office brings a subscription model, cloud integration, touch improvements and a new Metro-styled look.

 

New Look and Feel

Trying to figure out which change is the most drastic is a challenge. On one hand Microsoft completely revamped the UI. Improving touch input and flattening out the user interface, Microsoft created apps which now closely resemble the full screen Metro apps found in Windows 8, which is the point. The new Office apps take their cue from the Zune PC software, which Windows Phone users currently use to update, manage, download and upload their media to Windows Phone devices. The infamous ribbon UI is still present in the new version of Office, but can be hidden and is hidden by default.

Microsoft has also updated the icons for Office 2013. The new icons are flatter and more consistent with the metro style and theme in their new products.

 

Cloud Integration is Seamless

One could also argue that the new SkyDrive integration is the biggest change to Office. Office 2013 uses your SkyDrive or SharePoint accounts to store your documents. This way you’re always using the most up-to-date document and can access it from anywhere as long as you possess an internet connection. SkyDrive storage works just as a local drive does. When you first install and setup Office 2013, you will login with your Microsoft Account credentials and SkyDrive will be enabled by default. Of course, the user can change these defaults if they wish.

 

New Cloud-Based Delivery Method

Keeping with the cloud theme, I would submit that the greatest change in Office 2013 is the new delivery system for Office apps. The new system effectively streams a copy of Office to your computer, keeping all of your documents and settings intact. This ability would, for example, allow a user to log into their Office apps on a friend’s computer and continue working on a document that they started at home on their personal computer. The new system installs in minutes and is pretty impressive if I say so myself.

There are a ton of new and interesting features coming in the next version of Microsoft Office and this post is just the tip of the iceberg, so tune into the official Office Next blog for tons of news and information on the coming software.

Don’t take my word for it though. Microsoft is offering a public preview of their new suite of productivity apps for users to try for themselves. You can try Office 2013 for free here.

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Microsoft RoadMap For Office, Internet Explorer Leakshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/12/microsoft-roadmap-office-internet-explorer-leaks/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/12/microsoft-roadmap-office-internet-explorer-leaks/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:38:09 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93629 Mary-Jo Foley has posted two leaked Microsoft product roadmap shots that was distributed by Microsoft to some partners in December 2011. The roadmap, which apparently was available at Microsoft’s Partner Network without authentication protection looks at product cycles of several core Microsoft products. The products listed in the first shot are all Office and business related, starting with Office 365 and the Office 15, and going all the way done to Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Visio and Project.

The second chart highlights the Windows platform, including client and server operating systems, Windows phone and Internet Explorer. Microsoft has not added all cycles to the shots. If you look at Windows Client, you will notice that the Developer Preview for Windows 8 is listed, and that the next event is the end of service for Windows XP. The timeline is missing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, RTM and final release among other things.

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What you can take away from the leak are a number of things. You first will notice that Internet Explorer 10 is marked for general availability in the middle of 2010. We have not heard anything about the planned release date yet, but it would make sense to release the final version of the browser alongside the RTM of Windows 8.

As far as Office 15 and the Office product line goes, a beta is scheduled to start later this year which seems to end shortly before Office 15 will be released publicly. According to the shot, that will happen in the beginning of 2013.

Windows Phone will also see a new release or an update after the general availability of Internet Explorer 10. It looks as if Microsoft will launch this near the end of the third quarter or the beginning of the fourth quarter. While it could be an update to Windows Phone 7, it is more likely that we will see a Windows Phone 8 release at that time of the year.

Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change until they are officially confirmed by Microsoft. (via)

What’s your take on the roadmap?

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Microsoft Bring Word, Powerpoint and Excel To Symbian Handsetshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/12/microsoft-bring-word-powerpoint-excel-symbian-handsets/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/12/microsoft-bring-word-powerpoint-excel-symbian-handsets/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:17:42 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93603 Remember that Symbian OS? The one that Nokia so proudly stood by and made them the worlds top mobile phone manufacturer? The one that is now pretty much dead in the water when it comes to the smartphone wars? The one Nokia ditched in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7?

Yes that one, well Microsoft just released Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel for the dying Symbian Belle OS.

In fairness Microsoft had promised to bring their popular productivity suite to the OS back in February when they made OneNote, Document Connection, Lync and PowerPoint Broadcast available to the OS via a software update.

In case you’re wondering if your device can support these programs, here’s the list of supported handsets:

The Nokia 701, Nokia 700, Nokia 603, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia Oro, and Nokia C6-01

Office Mobile apps gives you quick access to your documents so that you can get more done while on the go, or when you’re not using your laptop. And because these apps were created by Microsoft, the functionalities are as close as possible – if not the same – to the Microsoft Office apps on your PC.

Of course, Microsoft have already made the Office Productivity Suite available on Windows Phone, but I guess it is nice for those users still on the Symbian Belle OS to have them as well. You’ll be able to open, edit and save documents just as you normally would, without the need to view them on a laptop or computer.

I’m sure it will come in handy for many, better late than never for a dying OS.

You’ll be able to download these apps using the Nokia Software Update tool on your smartphone.

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The End of Support for Windows XP and Office 2003http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/10/support-windows-xp-office-2003/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/04/10/support-windows-xp-office-2003/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:42:29 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=93548 It’s official. Microsoft has ended support for two legacy flagship products: XP and office 2003. Both are now over 10 years old, and as Microsoft said

“Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal workstyle and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, while businesses have an ever increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability. It is in a company’s – and its employees’ – best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind.”

XP

When XP was released, it was coming from the debacle of Millennium, an OS that didn’t strike it well with consumers. But with the release of Windows XP, Microsoft changed the environment and showed that a stable and workable OS was still in the vision of Microsoft. This in turn started the evolution within Microsoft to enhance the OS and they did that with several updates, service packs, and the continuous support of hardware devices and software drivers from numerous companies. To it’s credit, it formed the environment that showed Microsoft how to develop a workable OS that consumers would buy and use. This makes you wonder though about why Vista was released with all of the problems that it had. It was a stumbling block, which, however, was recouped with Windows 7.

Office 2003

Similarly, when Office 2003 was released, a new office suite made its mark which tied together many separate products and now information could be tied together. Kudos. This laid the foundation for Office 2007 and Office 2010. The ability to tie the different products together made it possible for users to use one product for all of their business office operations.

But for both of these products, their time has come and gone. It is now time to upgrade. Fortunately there are several ways to do this. One is to buy the software version Windows7 and Office 2007 or Office 2010. The other alternative is to use Azure Cloud to get the software that you need and run the software operations on the cloud.

Source: Microsoft,

Windows Ends Support for XP and Office 2003

 

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Azure and Office 365 for Government Operationshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/10/azure-office-365-government-operations/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/03/10/azure-office-365-government-operations/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 22:38:29 +0000 http://www.windows7news.com/?p=23170 While Microsoft has recently cut prices on Windows Azure Storage, Microsoft also intends to add a government Cloud offering to its Office 365 line-up of services.

A new option is now available called BPOS-F (Federal). It is compatible with its Office 365 predecessor known as the Business Productivity Online (BPOS) suite.

Office 365 and The BPOS-F Bundle

This bundle hosts SharePoint, Exchange, and Communications Server. But what also makes it a special service it the lock down part. Microsoft has made it a highly secure venture. Microsoft has restricted access to special individuals. There are biometric access controls to gain physical access. The individuals gaining access must be in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a US State Department agency. The individuals must be citizens of the United States who have undergone rigorous background checks, including fingerprinting.

 


The new Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is optimized to meet the security, privacy and compliance needs of U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, new capabilities and certifications will continue to add more expectations in cloud security and privacy. Part of this is includes two-factor authentication, enhanced encryption and the attainment of Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification, an important requirement for government information technology.

Microsoft offers a wide variety of cloud computing solutions. They can be in the area of infrastructure to applications for organizations and individuals. The Microsoft government cloud services are interoperable and have options that enable the delivery of solutions in response to changing business needs and at the same time taking advantage of existing IT investments, like software and familiar applications.

The existing venture has been a success as 48 of the 50 U.S. states have chosen the Microsoft Online Services for offerings because the are built from the ground up with enterprise-grade security and privacy in mind.

With the new Office 365 bundle in Azure, government services will have a reliable and secure system to work with.

Source: ZDnet

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Microsoft Office Coming To iPad Soon – Updatedhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/21/microsoft-office-coming-ipad/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/21/microsoft-office-coming-ipad/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:33:22 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22776 Updated: 21/2/2012  20:00 GMT

Since this story has been published, the New York Times is reporting that a Microsoft spokesperson has said

“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”

The Daily is reporting that Microsoft are hard at work polishing off Office for the iPad and are expected to submit it to the app store for review in the coming weeks. The Daily apparently got a brief hands on with the app and have said that it is somewhat similar to the current OneNote app, but with a few subtle hints of the Metro UI that we will be seeing in Windows 8.

By having the full Office suite on your iPad, you’ll be able to create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations on the go. You’ll also be able to view and edit these files. It’s currently unclear if Microsoft will be supporting the other Office apps such as Outlook or Publisher at launch or at all.

Sources “close to the matter” have confirmed that Microsoft is not working on a version of Office for Android. They’ve also got an updated OneNote iOS app in the works which will reflect the Metro UI somewhat.

We don’t have an exact launch date, but the source claims that the design team has finished work on the project so it’s only a matter of time before it’s released. This could mean that Microsoft will be bringing out Office on the iPad before it’s actually out on any Windows 8 tablets.

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft will be charging for this app. Office for Home & Business currently costs $199.99 which would be a ridiculous price for an app.

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Could the New “Office University 2010″ be Really Bad Value?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/11/office-university-2010-expensive-office/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/02/11/office-university-2010-expensive-office/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:01:45 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22210 Microsoft has long been concerned about students with academic email addresses buying cheap copies of Windows and Office for friends and family members with the hefty discounts they get with their academic email address.  Now though the company has decided to crack down on the practice by offering a new version of Office 2010 instead.

The new suite, “Microsoft Office University 2010″ is only for those in colleges and universities and replaces the old Student edition.  It you are a student or a member of staff with a .ac email address (as it’s impossible for Microsoft to tell one from another) you can buy the suite which is now on sale in the US for $99.

It contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access and doesn’t come with a product key.  Instead it uses an online activation system where you have to log in with your student email address in order to get the software to work.

My concern is that if you are in the last year or two of your study this could present quite poor value for money as, as soon as you no longer have access to your .ac email address, and some universities can be very quick to rescind them, you will no longer be able to reactivate the product.

One some PCs that aren’t used for much this might be fine for a while, but eventually something will happen that will cause you to have to reinstall Windows, or you will upgrade to Windows 8, perhaps by buying a new computer.  Suddenly then you’ll find the software you’ve paid for can’t be activated or used.  In the new FAQs for the product Microsoft say…

Office University 2010 does not come with a product key. Your eligibility will be verified online before completing purchase. This product will not work without successful verification as you will not have a product key.

You will be required to verify your eligibility online to use this software. 1.Go to www.office.com/verify. 2.Sign in with your Windows Live ID or create one using any email address. 3.Provide your school email address, sign-in ID, or international student identity card (ISIC).

Once you pass verification, the online site displays the product key.

In many ways Office 2010 Home and Student, which is around the same price but can activate on up to three computers, offers much better value for money.  It only includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but these are the only apps most people need.  While some people might miss Outlook, Microsoft’s free Windows Live Mail offers many of the same features and there are free alternatives to Publisher and Access available.

It is completely understandable for Microsoft to change their stance regards academic activations, but to not reduce the price of the product, leaving it the same as before but unusable after you leave college or university, is an unwelcome surprise.  If you live in a country where the full version of Office 2010 Student is still on sale, and you’re considering buying it, I’d recommend you do so while you can.  It is still available in the UK and other countries for a limited time.

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Office 15 Reaches Technical Previewhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/30/office-15-reaches-technical-preview/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/30/office-15-reaches-technical-preview/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:22:04 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=22025 Microsoft are hard at work getting their next version of Microsoft Office ready. The next generation of Office has been codenamed “Office 15″ and has just reached “Technical Preview” status but we can expect to see a public beta over the summer. In a blog post over on the Office blog, PJ Hough talks a bit more about Office 15.

Now that Office 15 has reached the technical preview stage, it means that it’s released to a very small number of carefully selected consumers who are bound to non disclosure acts. They test it out and give feedback, but aren’t allowed to share anything with the rest of the world. This keeps us in the dark and prevents competitors finding out what Microsoft is currently working on.

In the blog post, Hough mentions that this is Microsoft’s most ambitious project for Office to date.

At this early point in our development cycle, I’m not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.

Also Office 15 is just a codename for the project at the moment, it’s expected that the final release will be called either Office 2012 or 2013, depending on when it’s released.

That brings us onto another question, will Office 15 be ready in time for Windows 8?

Windows 8 will probably hit the market around the end of this year, and I’m sure Microsoft will want to have a good selection of word editing tools to go with it. But judging by how late this technical preview is, we could be waiting a while. Office 15 will more than likely feature improvements which will make it more tablet friendly, they may even make a slightly metro themed version of Office, we don’t know as of yet.

But Microsoft are probably dying to get it ready in time for Windows 8, but it will be a very tight release schedule for them if they want to get it out in time.

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More Companies Enter Azure – Office 365http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/22/companies-enter-azure-office-365/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2012/01/22/companies-enter-azure-office-365/#comments Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:30:51 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21860 Office 365 continues to grow in business circles. According to Microsoft over 90 percent of their Office 365 customers have less than 50 employees. Now a new group of companies  have entered into the Azure/Office 365 fold. These are JetBlue, Patagonia, and the American Heart Association. This adds to the existing stack of companies like Campbell Soup Company, Marie Claire, Roush Enterprises, Hersing Corp, UL (formerly Underwriters Labs), and Wunderman. So there are small companies and large companies that have accepted this product. And it shows that the productivity suite can fit the needs of any size business.

Patagonia

Why did Patagonia, a leading provider of outdoor gear, move to using Office 365? Answer: to make real-time communications and decision making possible throughout its organization; plus the cost savings made an impact.

Here’s how.

Patagonia expects to save $300,000 in future upgrades and infrastructure improvements, and $15,000 a year in savings by moving to the cloud-based e-mail system that is part of Office 365.

There is also the green effect. Patagonia has a program called “drive-less” meaning that they encourage employees to work from home in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Office 365 supports the company’s “drive-less” program, so it is a win-win situation.

 

Updates

Last year, Microsoft pushed out 30 updates on the Office 365 suite to make it even more user friendly. These included support for Lync for Mac, SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, support for Windows Phone 7.5, and making SkyDrive simpler to use with app-centric sharing for Office.

The updates are beginning to resonate on the market, making an impression on IT managers who are pushing out to enterprise management as a viable alternative to purchasing new equipment and software.

Earlier I wrote about Azure and making the connection as Microsoft’s new OS. Obviously, Azure will not replace Windows 7 or Windows 8. But it is a way of using the computer with connection to the cloud, in a different way. It is a system that lets companies operate in a new way; allowing customers and enterprises to perform their own operations in their unique style and brand.

Source: Microsoft blog

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Microsoft Getting Office Ready for iPad?http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/29/microsoft-office-ready-ipad/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/11/29/microsoft-office-ready-ipad/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:44:39 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=21320 According to reports from The Daily, Microsoft are apparently working on getting together a copy of Office for the iPad. According to undisclosed sources, they are actively working on adapting the popular software suite which includes, Word, Powerpoint, Excel as well as others, to get it ready for Apple’s iPad.

In addition to an iPad version of the software, they are also said to be working on a new edition of Office for OS X Lion, due to be released sometime next year. The current version of Microsoft Office only supports OS X versions up to Snow Leopard.

This suite of software would mean Microsoft will compete directly with Apple’s own version of these tools which are included in their iWorks suite. It’s more than likely then that the price point will be around these packages as well, which is about $10. Microsoft did acknowledge just after the iPads introduction to the market in early 2010 that they were “looking at” the possibility of bringing office to the iPad.

Of course it’s quite obvious to see why Microsoft would be interested in getting the Office suite on the iPad and iOS platfrom. The iPad has been a resounding success for Apple with many people using it for presentations and the like. Besides that, Microsoft do already offer some apps for the iPad, including Bing and Windows Live Messenger.

What’s more, Microsoft haven’t yet given us a look at a new touch-friendly version of Office that will run on Windows 8 powered tablets when they’ll probably be released, something next year.

Microsoft haven’t commented directly on this issue, but did release this statement

“We already deliver Office on multiple platforms and devices and are committed to expanding in the future, but have nothing further to share today,”

Source:

The Daily

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Update on Office 365 serviceshttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/16/update-office-365-services/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/07/16/update-office-365-services/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:36:16 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=19503 At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference last week, there was considerable talk about Office 365, the Cloud service for Microsoft Office. Microsoft will include two new add-ons, Project and Visio. The question is how soon will that happen?

The goal is to allow small and medium size businesses to access these tools along with their other tools CRM online and Windows Intune that are included.

Office 15 (Office 2013)

Talk also included that the release of Project and Visio would coincide with the release of Office 15(or Office 2013) , the next iteration of Microsoft Office. That release is expected in sometime late in 2012 or early 2013.

There will be changes to Office such as dynamic interfaces, and small updates to align more with the Metro style, and that it is being built on .NET Framework 4. There are expected the updates to Outlook and notes that there are new transitions in PowerPoint as well. There will be a redesigning the new visual & interaction experience for Office 15. Other things include Office Mobile 15, which will obviously be geared towards Windows Phone 7 devices

Office 365 and Project Server

While there is some contention about whether there will be a release this year or next of Project and Visio in Office 365, some offerings already exist. Some Microsoft Partners have the offerings available on their hosting services. These partners include Project Hosts, EPM Solutions, VirtualePM, and BeMo.

Visio and Sharepoint Services

Visio, on the other hand, is part of the Sharepoint Server 2010. That has a hosting partner as well, fpweb. Microsoft has offered these partners the opportunity to present Cloud based solutions for Visio and Project, ahead of Microsoft’s own deployment. By doing so it is engaging their customers and partners to work with Cloud services, even if Office 365 won’t release these programs for some time. This also offers partners the opportunity to select applications that they can help their customers with.

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Microsoft Offers 30 Day Trials Of Office 2011http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/01/25/microsoft-offers-30-day-trials-office-2011/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2011/01/25/microsoft-offers-30-day-trials-office-2011/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:33:13 +0000 http://www.everything-microsoft.com/?p=10619 Microsoft released Office 2011 for the Mac not too long ago and many users just took it for granted that it was what they needed. Now however Microsoft has decided to offer 30 day trials of it’s productivity suite for the Mac for those who are still unsure if it’s for them or not.

In a blog post announcing the trials, Pat Fox, Senior Director of Product Management, Office for Mac said that sales figures for Office 2011 had already exceeded their expectations.

He the announced that a full trial is now available at www.microsoft.com/mac/trial and will be free to use for 30 days after download.

For those that will be trying the suite for the first time, we hope you enjoy some of the new items – Outlook for Mac, new co-authoring tools, Excel’s Sparklines, Dynamic Reorder in Word & PowerPoint, and more.

I’m sure there is lots of users out there who prefer to try before they buy, I know I certainly do. I thought that Microsoft would have offered a trial version right from the beginning when it was launched but apparently not.

Since this trial version is the full version of Office 2011 with no limitations you will be able to get a proper feel for it, and 30 days is plenty of time to play around with it. To run it, you’ll need an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher, as well as 1GB of RAM and 2.5GB of free space.

If you then decide that it’s for you, suggested prices start at a fairly steep $149.99 for the home and student edition, while the home and business edition is suggested to retail for $279.99

Source: Officemac

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Microsoft Office 2010 Official Packaging Leakedhttp://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/06/microsoft-office-2010-official-packaging-leaked/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/06/microsoft-office-2010-official-packaging-leaked/#comments Sun, 06 Dec 2009 21:18:24 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=6108 CentrumXP has revealed what is supposedly the official packaging for Office 2010. Although all leaks must be taken with some degree of uncertainty, CentrumXP was the first to leak the correct Windows 7 packaging, so this is most likely the genuine deal.

Since its release, the Office 2010 Beta has been in high demand, with over one million downloads in just two weeks. Possibly the most significant update in the next major iteration of the suite is the Office Web Applications feature, which is similar to Google Docs in that a user can view, edit, and save documents completely in-browser.

Microsoft has announced that Office 2010 will be released sometime in June, available in six different versions: Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Standard, Professional, and Professional Plus. Starter is a streamlined Office, with only Word and Excel available with advertisements and limited functionality. However, Starter will be completely free and provided to OEMs for pre-loading onto PCs, with the upgrade option already installed. As a result, a user simply has to purchase a plastic card for a single-use license from various major retailers such as OfficeMax to completely enable the suite.

Other new features include OpenDocument support, 64-bit editions (but only for Vista and Windows 7), improved jumplists, and much more. The Office 2010 Beta is available right now for anyone to test, completely free and fully functional until its expiration on 31st October 2010.

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Office 2010 To Be Released in June 2010http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/02/office-2010-to-be-released-in-june-2010/ http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/02/office-2010-to-be-released-in-june-2010/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 20:55:19 +0000 http://everything-microsoft.com/?p=5977 Microsoft announced that Office 2010 is set to be released to the public in June 2010. Already, the Beta versions have shown that Microsoft has designed a product that is stable, and with many enhancements.

Enhancements were made in the areas of cut and paste, picture and video editing, data visualization, and Web-based access to Excel and PowerPoint.

The beta version, which is available for download from the Microsoft site offers a variety of new enhancements. Most importantly, however, the office suite attempts to embrace the cloud: browser-accessible editions of OneNote, Excel, Word and PowerPoint will be made available to Microsoft Live subscribers free of charge. Users will be able to access and edit documents online. These will be stripped-down versions of the full applications. The broadest range of tools will only be available to those who purchase the full version of Office 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010

The images seen here came from beta testers earlier this year. The final product may change but here is an indication of what is likely to be seen on the office suite.

The Start Menu Folder

The Office 2010 Start Menu Folder

The Office 2010 Start Menu Folder

Send -a- Smile

Send A Smile - Maybe a nice gimmick...We'll See...

Send A Smile - Maybe a nice gimmick...We'll See...

Open Formats

Open Formats Supported by Default

Open Formats Supported by Default

Integrated Blog Publishing

Integrated Blog Publishing

Integrated Blog Publishing

Save Options

Save Options

Save Options

Smarter Outlook

Outlook Enhancements

Outlook Enhancements

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More eye-candy?

Eye Candy for Excel?

Eye Candy for Excel?

RSS

Outlook and RSS

Outlook and RSS

Screen Clipping

Screen Clipping to Make Tutorials

Screen Clipping to Make Tutorials

Smart Art

Smart Art

Smart Art

Publisher 2010

Publisher 2010

Publisher 2010

Instead of Microsoft Works, Office 2010 Starter is a version of the suite that will come preinstalled on PCs produced by major PC manufacturers. The Starter Edition will offer streamlined versions of Word and Excel with which documents can be created, viewed and saved. The upgrade option to the full Office 2010 suite will already be present on the PC’s hard drive. Users will only need to purchase a single-use license on a plastic card from a retailer such as Office Max.

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