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Microsoft News & Analysis

Microsoft Offers 3D Visualization For Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics

Sometimes when you look at Microsoft and its consumer products you really get the sense of a technology giant that has lost its way. But then it goes and releases something like GeoFlow Preview for Excel, and you really get to see what Microsoft is good at. 

Forrester Wave For WCM: Microsoft, IBM, Ektron & Acquia Contenders

I've covered the Forrester Wave for Web Content Management, looked at the Leaders and the Strong Performers and talked about the WCM market's evolution overall. This last piece looks at the contenders and asks a question that I expect many might be asking.

Newtek Offering SharePoint 2013 as SaaS

One of the principal business considerations around the new SharePoint 2013 official release is going to be pricing. We already saw signs that with the Office 365 upgrade, Microsoft is pushing users towards subscription models. But what about SharePoint 2013 as SaaS? Web hosting vendor Newtek is going to be offering just that.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Facebook, Microsoft, Bridgeline, Telerik, MailChimp, Adobe and Skype (11-Apr-13)

Start off the New Year with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

SharePoint or No, Organizations Need to Rethink Approach to Records Management

In the last post, I called it like I seen it: SharePoint out of the box can’t do records management. 2007, 2010, 2013 -- none of ‘em left to their own devices are worth much when it comes to automating the retention and (more importantly) disposition of your records according to the retention schedule.

Microsoft Office Apps For iOS, Android on Hold until Fall 2014?

If you actually believe that there is any such thing as a leak from Microsoft, then the most recent one should annoy quite a lot of people. It seems that according to a leaked roadmap, Office for iOS and Android won’t be available until the fall of next year.

Doc Mgt Roll-up: Office, SharePoint 2010 SP Beta2 Releases, and the Paperless Office?

There were a number of interesting releases in the document management space that are definitely worth a look. Among them are the new Service Pack 2 beta releases for Office and SharePoint 2010, WatchDox apps for mobile-desktop collaboration and sharing, and Docstocs new link-up to the Microsoft store. We also revisited the paperless office through EchoSign.

Microsoft's Top Ten SharePoint Online Features

Since the upgrade of Office 365, we've seen our fair share of commentaries and criticisms of SharePoint Online. But what about Microsoft? What does it think the strong points are? In a recent blog post, Mark Kashman, a Senior Product Manager on the SharePoint team, outlined his thoughts.

You Can't Do Records Management in SharePoint

Let’s start this admittedly provocative post with a question: Anybody out there actually doing records management in SharePoint?

Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Includes Microsoft Office Updates

Oracle has released its Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g, and among the dozens of changes is a Microsoft Office update that adopts the Oracle Smart View for Office as the single Microsoft Office add in for Oracle BI, Essbase and Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management apps.

AWS Ups the Ante in Cloud Wars, Slashes Prices of Windows-On-Demand EC2 Instances

Cloud-based infrastructure/application services provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) is significantly reducing the cost of Windows-On-Demand instances for the Amazon EC2 scalable cloud computing service. 

Five Yammer Features that SharePoint Users are Going to Love

Microsoft recently announced its phased approach for integrating Yammer with SharePoint 2013, so it will be much later this year before we see any meaningful work completed to bring the two platforms together. But in the meantime, users can look forward to easier access to Yammer from within Office 365 and SharePoint Online.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Paperless Office Still a Pipe Dream, Zoho Integrates Email, CRM

It may have been a holiday weekend in some places, but it was still busy in the document management space. This week we took a look at the paperless office and records management, Accusoft upgraded Content Connect to v7, AvePoint improved governance in SharePoint online, while Zoho integrated new email capabilities with its CRM app.

Microsoft and BlackBerry Look to Step Up the Tablet Battle

Thumbnail image for w8surface_black.jpg Having received modest interest and a total bath on their first tablet products, Surface and PlayBook, various reports suggest Microsoft and BlackBerry will be trying again to compete with the tablet giants soon. 

Spring Bringing Vital Product News from Microsoft and Apple

applelogo.pngBoth companies are facing press, partner or investor backlash, and user hostility, or worse, indifference. Apple should be looking to win back lost momentum with the next iPhone announcement while Microsoft will be looking to tie computer, mobile devices and TV together via its next Xbox console. 

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