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Microsoft

  • 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...

  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...

  • Microsoft forgets its manners, ponders middle finger emoji for Windows 10

    According to the Emojipedia blog, Microsoft will introduce new emojis to Windows 10 and one of them will be sure to raise a few eyebrows. The proposed middle finger emoji comes in six different shades to add variety to the insult. The emoji has been available on other networks and platforms for a while but has remained absent from iOS, OS X, Android and Windows. But Microsoft is about to change that. Read more Geek out on Twitter with new Star Wars emoji Other emojis spotted on the forthcoming Windows 10 update includes a face with "okay" gesture, a reversed hand with...

  • Microsoft is shutting down support for Windows Server 2003, urges SA to migrate

    After over a decade since the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will now finally seize support come 14 July. Leon Wright from Microsoft SA says that 11.9 million physical servers around the world are still running Windows Server 2003. This means that two out of every five computer systems running Windows Server are out-dated, and could thus become a security risk if not acted accordingly. "The shock value of this statistic resides in the fact that this is the case despite IT managers worldwide being aware that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, automatic fixes, or online technical assistance...

  • Microsoft acquiring Sunrise iOS, Android calendar app for around $100-million

    Microsoft, the software and hardware giant, is in the process of acquiring Sunrise, debatably the best calendar app on Android and iOS, according to TechCrunch sources. The acquisition is rumoured to be at least around the US$100-million figure. Sunrise works across platforms pulling information from various accounts. It has calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. This is what has made it popular. Read more: HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook Sunrise's rise has been remarkable. Only founded in 2012, Sunrise is not only attractive with a slick design but is not...

  • Microsoft Q2 results: Surface brings in a billion, low cost Lumia sales solid

    Eighteen months ago, the Microsoft Surface looked like it was dead in the water. Weak sales had forced the Redmond-based technology giant to take a US$900-million writedown on the device and people were questioning whether it would ever be able to take on the likes of Apple in any kind of meaningful way. Today, the various incarnations of the Surface might not be selling in quite the same numbers as the iPad, but it is worth a billion dollars to the company. That was probably the most significant piece of information to come out of a healthy set of...

  • Africa gets its first commercial TV white space offering

    Ghana has become the first country in Africa to have a commercial TV white space offering. The offering, which is a joint venture between Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika, is meant to allow students in the country to buy affordable, high-speed internet bundles and devices. There have been a number of trials using TV white spaces -- or unused gaps in broadcasting frequencies -- to provide affordable, high-speed internet connectivity across the continent. To date however, the vast majority have been short-term projects aimed at testing the technology's viability. Read more: Google’s South African TV white spaces broadband trial is...

  • Microsoft’s HoloLens looks better than Google Glass, but can it escape the same fate?

    Microsoft pulled a fast one during its Windows 10 event by showing off a prototype of HoloLens, its own take on augmented reality glasses. The device certainly appears more compelling than Google Glass (although far less fashion-conscious), but does that mean it can avoid the same fate? Where Glass, currently sitting in as close to no-man's-land as you can get at Google, essentially aimed to be a kind of reality augmenting smartphone screen for your eyes, HoloLens looks to take things a little further. Rather than merely throwing information up in front of your face, HoloLens will make use...

  • Microsoft criticises Google for disclosing Windows 8.1 bug before it fixed it

    There is a possible war brewing between Microsoft and Google after the Redmond-based giant publicly criticised its Mountain View counterpart for releasing details about a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before it could patch the bug. Microsoft accuses Google of putting users at risk by rejecting Microsoft’s request to wait until the fix was released. Google made the disclosure as part of its “Project Zero” security initiative, which provides companies a 90-day deadline to fix vulnerabilities before they are disclosed publicly. The flaw in the Windows 8.1 log-on mechanism would allow a hacker to escalate their privileges on...

  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms' gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa's largest ecommerce players -- along with 30 000 or so other online merchants -- also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Kim Kardashian, Facebook and iPhone 6 top Bing’s 2014 search lists

    The year is winding down and with that comes the mandatory look-backs from companies across the tech world. The latest to do so is Microsoft, which has released its list of the top searches on Bing. The Apple iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian -- the woman who set out to break the internet with her bum -- top the list. Kim Kardashian butted her way to the top five of most searched people, bumping Beyonce from number one to number two. Singers Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry came in third and fourth and Justin Bieber filled the number five spot. Microsoft...