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Microsoft

  • Sunrise will die on 31 August, team relocates to Microsoft Outlook

    Sunrise, the calendaring app that was bought by Microsoft in 2015, now has its execution date. The company took to its blog to say its final goodbyes, suggesting that its staff can't maintain two apps simultaneously (Sunrise, and now Outlook, which most Sunrise employees are now working on). Microsoft gave the notion that this would happen back in October 2015, but now we finally have a definite date of termination. "The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale," the company stated in its...

  • Microsoft launches its cloud solution provider programme in SA

    Microsoft South Africa announced the launch of its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme on Friday. This will allow select partners to directly support, bill, and provision Microsoft Cloud Services for customers. "What this means for partners, is that they will be able to more easily help their customers take full advantage of cloud services and empower staff to securely collaborate and communicate from almost anywhere, anytime, while using any device," says Derek Kudsee, Partner Sales Lead at Microsoft South Africa. According to Kudsee, the system has been implemented due to the growing need for cloud solutions in SA. This move could potentially...

  • Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code 1.0 code editor

    Tech giant Microsoft has released version 1.0 of its browser-based code editor Visual Studio Code (VS Code). This comes after its initial Public Preview in May last year, and the Beta Open Source in November. The announcement was posted on the Visual Studio website. Since its initial launch last year, over two million developers have installed the software. The VS Code community has also created over 1000 community extensions, such as support for PHP and C++. The company has worked with its community in order to improve the product with bug fixes and stability improvements. It now also supports nine different languages,...

  • Are smart bots the way forward? Microsoft says yes

    You've already dealt with auto-replies and robotic phone calls, but Microsoft still thinks that automation has a key role to play in your interactions with businesses or consumers. Instead of more automatic email replies however, the firm is hedging its bets on smart bots to do the trick. At its BUILD 2016 developer conference this week, the company showed off chat bots, which allow users to quickly accomplish actions. It's not the first time that we've seen these though, as the likes of Google Talk, MSN Messenger and other IM platforms dipped their toes into bot waters almost a decade ago. Even more...

  • Microsoft drops $250m on SwiftKey to deepen AI creds

    Windows Phone may be on its last legs, but that isn't going to stop Microsoft dropping serious amounts of money on mobile products. Its latest strategy on this front involves acquiring the company behind intelligent keyboard app SwiftKey. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft is set to drop US250-million on the London-based startup. As the Redmond-based giant notes in an official blog post, SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. Read more: Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online The deal, which is all cash and will go through immediately,...

  • Microsoft acquires technology assets from Event Zero to enhance Skype for Business Online

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced, that it has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a company that currently provides management software for Skype for Business Online, for an undisclosed amount. The UC Commander product suite includes management, reporting and analytics technology. The company adds that the acquisition will allow it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and shows its commitment to deliver a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution at global scale with Office 365. Read more: Attempts to regulate WhatsApp, other OTTs could get ludicrous "Our goal is to make the...

  • Windows 10 is now running on over 200 million devices

    Windows 10 has been installed on over 200 million devices within six months of its launch, Microsoft announced. When Windows 10 launched on 29 June 2015, within 24 hours it was running on more than 14-million devices and four weeks later, it was on more than 75-million devices. "Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10 devices becoming active since Black Friday," notes Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's senior VP. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The latest Windows version also has the fastest adoption rate. It has beaten Windows 7 by nearly 140% and Windows...

  • 4 fascinating uses of Microsoft Excel: artistic, uber-geeky, life-saving, and paranoid

    What if you could only have one productivity software program? It might surprise you that your most versatile electronic tool is already loaded on your computer. Yes, it’s Excel, the spreadsheet program you probably think of as mind-numbingly unexciting. The software engineers at Microsoft loaded Excel with so many features and gizmos, that imaginative end users have found very interesting ways to express themselves, going far beyond long lists of data and number crunching. Vector Graphics Included in Excel are layered graphics, an autoshape function, and the full spectrum of colors that allow talented and inventive artists to create artwork...

  • How Microsoft’s latest tech focus could improve your meetings

    Even though Skype is a widely popular conferencing and communications tool among consumers, it hasn’t impacted the business world quite the same. Despite Microsoft’s 8.5-billion-dollar acquisition of the service in 2011, and the rebranding of their corporate telephony service from Lync to Skype for Business, many companies haven’t made the leap. That may be about to change, thanks to the latest update Microsoft will be rolling out for Skype for Business. At the Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Barcelona, the company Spain revealed that Skype for Business will receive a bevy of enterprise calling features that have been sorely needed. What Features...

  • Microsoft to merge calendar app Sunrise with Outlook

    Microsoft has finally revealed its plans for Sunrise, the calendar app it acquired in February this year for US$100 million. Microsoft is going to integrate Sunrise into its email service Outlook, after which it will shut Sunrise down. At the time of the acquisition, Sunrise said that it would remain a standalone app and that being acquired by Microsoft would allow it to focus on two things: building an amazing team of designers and engineers, and to build the best product to help users manage time and remain free and available. Though the Sunrise app will remain available for download on...

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...

  • Microsoft introduces Invite, an easy way to organise meetings on the go

    Microsoft reckons scheduling meetings and coordinating multiple schedules on a small screen is a bit of a task and has decided to do something about it. Microsoft Garage, a Microsoft wing that works on new ideas, has released an app for iPhone called Invite. Invite, the company explains, is an easier way to organise meetings on the go across organisations. The app is a standalone app but it works best with an Office 365 business and school subscriptions, but also works with Outlook.com, Gmail and Yahoo Mail. Invite’s advantage lies in its simple functionality. The way it works is that...

  • Microsoft executive makes first appearance at Apple conference

    On Wednesday, Apple hosted its annual conference showing off everything iOS related. Amongst the yearly hardware refreshes, software updates, and new products, several companies showed off their applications on the devices, one of them being a fierce Apple competitor. During the Apple Pencil segment of the event, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Office 365 Client Apps and Services Team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, took to the stage to show off Office 365 on iPad. Koenigsbauer demonstrated the office suit taking advantage of the Pencil and iPad Pro while running and manipulating PowerPoint and other documents. Microsoft has long had a rivalry with Apple,...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • Microsoft changes Outlook web app name, revamps it with new features

    Microsoft has revamped its Outlook Web App, changing its name and introducing new features. It will now be called Outlook On The Web. In addition to a host of new features to Outlook On The Web Microsoft says it's also rolling out an improved user interface. The UI has been tweaked to now have the email subject line larger, and reading messages has been optimised for easy reading. Amongst the changes is a new action toolbar that provides quick access to clearing out the inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to the calendar. New Tools for Inbox Microsoft...