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  • 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...

  • Windows 10: why Africa could be key to its success

    It's Windows 10 launch day and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella isn't at the company's headquarters in Redmond Washington. Nor is he in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York. He's in Kenya. That's important, because it gives us a clue as to just how important Africa might be for Windows 10. Here's why. In the run-up to today's launch, Microsoft said it would be putting taking a more human approach to the launch. Rather than concentrating on the features (which anyone who cares already knows all about) and the business case, it's pushing the focus onto how people use...

  • Microsoft reckons it can create 100k job opportunities in Middle East, Africa

    Microsoft has got some big job creation plans for the Middle East and Africa. According to a release sent to Memeburn, the Redmond-based giant is aiming to create more than 100 000 job opportunities and reach over seven million people across the region through its Employability Platforms, in partnership with organisations from public and private sectors, as well as NGOs. Launched in 2012, the YouthSpark Employability Platform aims to provide job-seekers with end-to-end career guidance, upskilling, job-matching and mentorship. The platform is centred on an online hub which Microsoft says will bring together the best resources together in "a...

  • Microsoft introduces Send: an in-and-out email app

    There can never be enough email apps, it seems. Microsoft has introduced Send, an app designed for in and out email. Microsoft says that the app is optimised to enable users to send a short quick note to co-workers. Send, the company says, gives you a simple, quick text message like experience while allowing you to reach all co-workers. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The company goes on to point out that one can easily use Outlook for this but then also justifies the existence of Send by saying that the app is better. The Redmond-based giant says...

  • Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies

    We already know that Microsoft's Windows 10 launch is set to have a little more of the human touch than its previous efforts. On Sunday, the Redmond-based giant gave the first indication of how it plans to do convey that in its advertising. The latest ad for the new Microsoft OS, which launches on 29 July features babies, lots of babies. It's pretty confident in its tone too, predicting that all the kids featured in the ad "will grow up with Windows 10." Given the way iOS and Android have flourished over the past few years, it's fairly safe...

  • Microsoft: Windows 10 launch will honour people who ‘do great things’

    Microsoft has something different planned for the launch of Windows 10. Sure the slick keynote and stage presentations will still be there, but the Redmond-based giant says it's really going for something a little more human this time around. Alongside all the usual stuff we see at tech launches, Microsoft says there'll be "global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations, a new global advertising campaign, and a new year-long initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world". “Windows 10 was built to empower people to do great things....

  • Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7 800 jobs

    Cue the multitudes saying they saw this coming: Microsoft has announced that it will be writing off US$7.6-billion its Nokia purchase and will cut 7 800 jobs, primarily in its phone services division. That US$7.6-billion buyout is likely to make investors pretty nervous, given that Microsoft paid US$7.2-billion for the Finnish phone maker when the deal, first announced in 2013, went through in 2014. In an internal email sent to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella says that that having the full Nokia business within its structures is no longer in line with the Redmond-based giant's strategy: "We are...

  • Bing Maps makeover: predictive routing, multiple places, along the route features introduced

    In its biggest update yet, Bing Maps has received a massive redesign. The redesigned Bing Maps comes with a number of features focused on travel planning. The features allow users to search, view and share multiple places at one time. The company claims that the new features have been created based from user feedback. From the feedback, it became clear that users want one experience that brings together the best content in one view. A view that not only shows their last searches but one that fully reflects their plans. They also wanted a map experience that is fast and...

  • Microsoft outlines its roll out plan for Windows 10

    The news of the upgrade to Windows 10 feels like watching a play whose actors repeat their lines verbatim every night of the run. Thankfully, there are only a few weeks, four to be exact, left before Windows 10 is finally here. And now the Redmond-based has revealed how it will roll out its Windows 10 upgrade. Windows 10 will come to your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or HoloLens. The company has revealed that it it had over a million beta testers. It also revealed that it is rigorously testing and listening to every issue from its five million Windows...

  • 5 tips for boosting SharePoint hybrid adoption with analytics

    Your organization has implemented SharePoint, or perhaps a hybrid version including deployments across various environments. But, are you well equipped to thoroughly monitor your adoption rates, to see whether your users are benefitting from the portal? Recently, there has been a significant shift from On-Premises deployments of SharePoint to SharePoint on the cloud, resulting in multiple deployments that can be challenging to consistently track and monitor. It’s important to ask yourself, what does this mean for your organisation? This recent phenomena is causing a lot of concern in the SharePoint community with respect to which direction organizations should go, to...

  • Microsoft officially launches Office for Android

    Microsoft has announced that Office, PowerPoint and Excel are finally available for Android devices. These apps are not the first Microsoft apps to come to Android as the company has proven that it is committed to expanding its apps to smartphones that are on other operating systems. This is what has come to define the company, it strategy to be across different operating systems. Read more: 3 ways a freelance designer can freshen up your website Office launches on Android after only five weeks of being available on preview. During this short period, Microsoft says that it was able to test...

  • Think SharePoint = intranet only? Think again

    SharePoint is a bit like tequila, you either love it or hate it. But if you’ve paid for it, you’ll want to get the most out of it. It’s no secret that SharePoint is the world’s number one intranet platform. Ask most employees and they’ve probably used it in at least one previous company. According to Microsoft, 78% of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint in some way. It’s a powerful tool for content management and collaboration. But challenges around proper management, customisation and user adoption, have led some commentators to conclude that on-premises SharePoint is dying. Microsoft disputed this in a recent...

  • 3 tips for keeping Microsoft SharePoint relevant in the era of the cloud

    Clunky spreadsheets. Cluttered network drives. Unmanageable mailboxes. Issues that many businesses have in common. It’s also important to point out that email, once seen as the saviour, is not a business process contrary to the way many might try to use it. In the era of cloud-computing solutions like Asana and Podio have been quick to jump on the collaboration bandwagon – aiming to help businesses get organised and work better together. It’s also something that SharePoint has been doing within bigger businesses for more than a decade. Now that it’s available as part of Office 365, it’s certainly worth exploring this versatile...

  • Microsoft acquires Wunderlist for around $200m

    Microsoft has acquired Wunderlist, a to-do list app based in Berlin. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has not only made more inroads towards being more mobile friendly but also has begun making acquisitions that makes the company a major player in mobile apps. The other thing the company has done well is to make its apps work across platforms and devices and not confine them to mobile devices that run Windows. This has led many to refer to Microsoft as the company that is beginning to be cool. There has been rumours of this for sometime but no statements from both...

  • Accra embraces Microsoft CityNext applications

    On 22 May, Microsoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first "Centre of Excellence". This will be done through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications, making the city healthier, safer and more modern The deal came days before the Fourth World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent which will take place from 1 to 3 June 2015 in Accra. “Our collaboration is an excellent example of how private partnerships can help shape...