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Microsoft

  • 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...

  • 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...