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Tumblr The Target of a Social Media Bidding War?

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Yahoo is bidding for Tumblr in an attempt to boost its social media credentials, but Facebook and other parties may be interested in spoiling the party. 

Windows Blue is Free, Windows Phone 8 Update Details Burbling Out

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Windows and Windows Phone 8 customers are hearing some details about Microsoft's plan for updating each system in the coming months, and it starts with a public preview of Windows Blue by the end of June.

Bing Updates Social Sidebar with Facebook Integration

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Keeping track of important Facebook updates can be a tedious process, especially if a person has a lot of contacts, but Bing aims to make this easier by integrating Facebook into its social sidebar tool.

Microsoft Brings Google Chat to Outlook.com, SkyDrive

Microsoft Brings Google Chat to Outlook.com, SkyDrive

Launch a Gchat session right from an Outlook.com email message with the Google contacts integration.

Google's instant messaging service has been integrated into the Microsoft universe, at least when it comes to the Web based Outlook.com and the cloud based SkyDrive storage app.

SharePointBriefs: PartnerPulse, AvePoint Meetings + Metalogix's BLOBulator

SHarePoiintBriefs.jpg With every new edition of SharePoint there’s a lot of new apps around that are key to getting the best of out it. This week AvePoint has a new meetings app to bring order to the content around meetings, Metalogix is offering a new way of assessing SharePoint storage, SharePoint Solutions automates site creation, and PartnerPulse monitors Microsoft partners.

Microsoft Yammer Sales Team Joining Up with Office 365

Sales teams for Microsoft's Yammer social network will join up with the Office 365 team, the company has announced, all the more easy to integrate the two technologies.

Klout Adding Clout to Bing's Search Results With Detailed Answers

klout_logo_2011.jpgHave you been building up your Klout score through social activity, informative posts and connections? If so, you could be a Klout Expert, someone wise enough to get your content to the top of search engines thanks to a new initiative by the measuring company. 

Microsoft Upgrades Office Web Apps With Real-Time Co-Authoring, Android Editing

After the announcement that SharePoint Online is coming out of Preview, Microsoft has also announced a number of upgrades to Microsoft Office Web Apps, which, when all the upgrades become available, will come with support for Chrome on Android tablets and co-editing in real-time.

SharePoint Online Leaves Preview, Prepares Users For Upgrade

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Another milestone in the gradual upgrade of Office 365 -- SharePoint Online is finally out of preview. Although Microsoft doesn’t say when users will be able to get the new version, it does say that it will be soon and that users will be given notice of four weeks before they have to upgrade.

Document Management Roll-up: Microsoft Will Continue To Package Office, EMC Documentum Upgrades

This week in the realm of Document Management, Microsoft finally cleared up one of the big questions surrounding Office -- the subscription model and where it is going in the future. In other news, EMC is holding its annual show and hosted a lot of interesting developments with Documentum, while NetDocuments opens an app store and dtSearch upgraded.

5 Things You Should Know Before You Migrate to SharePoint Online

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You've been thinking about it -- moving to Microsoft’s hosted version of SharePoint. Before you make that final decision, make sure you know about these five things.

WEM Roll-up: Microsoft WebMatrix Azure Integration, OmniUpdate Version 9.19

Let's take a look at a few notable updates this week in web experience management (WEM) from Microsoft and OmniUpdate that look to make it easy to move to the cloud and enhance WYSIWYG capabilities.

Microsoft Kills Hotmail, Outlook.com Now Has 400 million Active Accounts

The move form Hotmail to Outlook.com is over. It's official. According to a post on the Microsoft Office blog, everyone on Hotmail has been upgraded and everyone that doesn't already have access to the features Microsoft has been adding over the past months will be given access in the coming months.

Apple Approaching 50 Billion App Store Downloads, $10K for the Lucky One

 appstoreicon.jpgAs Apple rumbles toward yet another App Store milestone, there's hard cash (well iTunes gift cards) in it for the lucky few who download an app at just the right time. 

Microsoft's Surface Struggles in Q1, Apple Outperforms Estimates

There doesn't seem to be much of a recession in the tablet space. According to figures just released by International Data Corporation growth in the market is estimated to be 142% year-on-year with Microsoft climbing into fifth position on the back of Surface.

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