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What's Behind Microsoft's MSN Portal Revamp?

2014-9-9 msn redesigned portal.jpgTwo decades after it launched MSN, Microsoft is applying its "mobile-first, cloud-first" direction to the MSN portal, which it claims has over 425 million users daily. The enhanced personalization capabilities will provide advertisers with a single place to buy space that can be synched across devices and audiences.

News Bites: DIYers, Over-Achievers, Testing-Providers

The latest in growth, apps and testing from the Little Cottonwoods City, the Big Scrapple and the Old Colony State.

Think Dropbox Isn't Serious About the Enterprise? Think Again

2014-11-August-Jogging.jpgWe’ve all been there: Someone sends us a document that we need to review, edit or approve and the only device we have handy is a mobile phone. Sure, there are some who schlepp around phones, iPads and laptops for this, but there’s no way I’m going to do that on a 10 mile run, while running out for coffee or at lunch with my husband or boss. And an iWatch -- even if it comes out next month -- isn’t likely to be of any help.

And though many EFSS solutions provide document previews that are accessible via a mobile device, they can still be hard to work with.

Dropbox knew this, that’s why today it's releasing a new Android app that the company says will make the “Dropbox mobile app experience as fast, seamless and efficient as possible.” That way you can get your work done on the spot, wherever you happen to be.

About Time! Microsoft Office is Coming to Android Tablets

When Satya Nadella took the reins as Microsoft’s CEO, he set a new vision for the company. Microsoft would now be designing, developing and delivering solutions for a Mobile First, Cloud First world. 

This is a world where there are multiple types of mobile devices that run on multiple operating systems. To succeed in this world, as a software provider, you have to play nicely with all of them and in all of them. Nadella knows this.

July 11 Update: Microsoft will now be adding OneNote to Android devices as well. The company launched the Android beta program today. This falls in line nicely with Nadella’s impassioned memo to employees yesterday (which was really meant to customers and stockholders) which said:

Our passion is to enable people to thrive in this mobile-first and cloud-first world. We have described ourselves as a 'devices and services' company. While the devices and services description was helpful in starting our transformation, we now need to hone in on our unique strategy."

The strategy he’s referring to is one of digital work and life experiences, which would, no doubt, be better with One Note on all your devices.

PC Market? Up Slightly, But Still Barely Breathing

Though it appears there will be some relief for the besieged PC market in Gartner’s second quarter predictions for 2014, the relief will be be only temporary.

Overall, the global devices market  will witness a revival in 2014, increasing by 4.2 percent over 2013.

The PC market, which falls under the devices umbrella, will contract 2. 9 percent — considerably less than last year's 9.2 percent .The driving force behind this trend, according to Annette Zimmerman of Gartner, is the ongoing development of the mobile market. However, the longterm direction of the PC market remains downward.

Microsoft, Google Yield to Pressure to Improve Phone Security

Microsoft and Google will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of Windows-based and Android smartphones. The feature, which is already featured on Apple's iPhone 5, allows users to remotely wipe all data and information on the device in the event of theft.

At a press conference yesterday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced they had reached agreements with both companies to include the feature in the next iteration of their respective operating systems.

Microsoft Teases New Outlook Web App

For those that have been waiting for Microsoft’s Outlook Web App for Android, it's here. Sort of. Microsoft, which flagged it at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, finally announced a limited release, which it described as a precursor to a future full release.

The new app works pretty much the same as Outlook on Windows, offering users access to contacts, calendars and email. However, before you rush to download it from the Google Play store, keep in mind that it is only available to Office 365 users on business plans.

Why Google Just Bought Divide

Yes you can use your Android phone for work and do so with the CIO’s blessing. Maybe the corporate watchdogs aren’t telling you this quite yet, but chances are that they will before long.

Why? Because Google just purchased mobile device management company, Divide.

Formerly known as Enterproid, Divide enables you to keep your work and personal life separate on a single mobile device. This is critical for both employers who need to keep in strict control of their corporate information and for individuals who worry about their personal devices getting accidentally wiped by their employers, should a breach occur.

With Divide IT gets the security and control it needs, including governance and government-grade encryption to protect all business apps and data. Workers, at the same time, are able to enjoy privacy on their personal devices as well as the ability to access a suite of professional-grade business apps to get work done on the go.

This is what BYOD solutions should look and act like.

Wozniak: Apple Could Build Droid Phones, Warns of 'Police State'

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak captivated a tech-savvy audience in San Francisco today by warning that society is moving towards "a police state," calling for public resistance to the unrestricted collection of marketing data, and speculating that Apple could produce iPhones that run on Google's "not-so-fenced-in" Android operating system.

Social Media Addiction and Other Mobile Marketing Trends [Infographic]

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With Lenovo buying Motorola and a new generation of devices on the way, there's rumblings of change in the mobile marketplace. But none of the hardware and network juggling will stem the tide of mobile marketing.

Marketing campaigns are focusing on apps and social media. But as the dollars continue to flow, are marketers who are following the money risky their creativity and niche opportunities? A new infographic highlights the trends.

Apple, Android and Windows Phones Set For Enterprise Mobility Battle

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Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement whatever the sales for last year's models all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?

Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?

Cisco: Misplaced Trust the Biggest Threat to Enterprise Security

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The current forecast for cyber security in 2014 is “grim” and has the potential to get even worse, according to new research from Cisco. The report concludes that if technologies like cloud computing and the growth in the use of mobile technologies are creating a wider landscape for hackers to work on, then trust is the open door letting hackers into systems.  

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market Explodes

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market ExplodesGartner is not only predicting steady growth across the global IT sector this year:  It is also predicting 7.6 percent growth in device shipments in 2014. Android will dominate the operating systems (OS) market and the PC market, contrary to popular belief, will still have a slight pulse.

Toss Your iPhone: Windows Phones Could Rule the Enterprise by 2015

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Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise. 

Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.

5 Apps to Simplify Email #OccupyYourInbox

Email isn't going away, no matter how hard we try. So instead of fighting it, I've decided to simplify it. Here are five apps I've tried to tame the email beast. 

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