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Apple vs. Microsoft: the Buyers Will Decide

A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right  — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide? 

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

Metalogix Acquires Idera's SharePoint Tools

Metalogix has been steadily buying up hefty swaths of the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem -- and it's now bought up Idera's SharePoint business. It includes tools that focus on backup, maintenance, security and governance.

Nokia Joins the Windows RT Party with it's Lumia 2520 Tablet

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Alongside its Windows Phone phablet, Nokia officially entered the tablet market with a 10.1" device at Nokia World in Dubai.

The $499 SnapDragon-powered machine runs Windows RT 8.1 and offers both 4G and Wi-Fi, plus a full 1080p HD display.

How does it compare to Microsoft's own Surface 2 RT tablet? Let's take a quick look at the spec sheets.

Day of the Tablets: Apple, Nokia, Microsoft Go Head-to-Head

In a rare alignment of technology and marketing muscle, there will be a major face-off in the tablet world tomorrow.  Nokia will unveil the first Windows Phone phablet while Apple unveils the next generation iPads in a quest to maintain its dominance.

But Microsoft has the most to lose as it tries to boost interest in the Windows RT operating system with the arrival of Surface 2 devices on the shelves. 

 

Windows 8.1 RT Upgrade Pulled as Microsoft Addresses a 'Situation'

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Microsoft pulled a version of its Windows 8.1 update from the Microsoft Store over the weekend following complaints "from a limited number of users."

Some people who installed the Windows RT operating system (OS) update on their tablet computers experienced boot configuration data errors, which resulted in that infamous Blue Screen of Death.

Microsoft, which described the situation as "temporary,"  issued a Surface RT recovery image today to address some of the Windows RT 8.1 update issues.

Windows Phone 8 V3 Goes Large as Nokia 1520 Phablet Beckons

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We've known for a while that Windows Phone would soon add support for HD display and larger screens. Get ready for the real deal as Microsoft updates its mobile OS and Nokia prepares to launch a WP phablet at its big event later this month. 

 

Microsoft's Future: Cloudy in Enterprise...and Leadership

In his last letter to shareholders late last month, Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer promised his corporation would continue to help enterprises move to the cloud. And Microsoft’s wave of fall releases announced this week are all about enterprise cloud solutions. 

RX for Microsoft: Hire Pivotal Boss Paul Maritz, Buy Box + Evernote

Information Management, RX for Microsoft: Hire Pivotal Boss Paul Maritz + Buy Box & Evernote(Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund might be responsible for formulating the prescription) 

Don’t tell SharePoint enthusiasts, but Microsoft has big changes coming its way.

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Microsoft Shareholders Target Gates, But He's Not The Problem

bill gates, microsoftIn July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.

Gartner MQ for ECM: EMC, IBM, Microsoft Lead, Vendors Prioritize Cloud, Mobile

Only a week after Forrester’s Wave for Enterprise CMS, Gartner has published its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management. If the Wave describes a market that is healthy but segmenting, Gartner describes one that is growing with vendors forced to cater to demands for mobile and cloud capabilities as well as functionality for specific verticals.  

New Productivity Survey Finds Information Overload Higher in Millennials

Info Overload.pngIn this age of digital everything, at what point do workers get overwhelmed? A new survey suggests that US employees may be approaching the tipping point.

Microsoft Adds Q+A Search, Improved 3D Data Mapping To Office 365 Analytics

Microsoft has just upped the ante again in the productivity suite space with the addition of a bunch of new features to its Power BI for Office 365. Among the new additions is natural language search and 3D mapping visualizations, which combined will bring impressive 3D analytics visualizations to Office 365 users.

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