Office 2013 News & Analysis
| Thursday Jul 17, 2014
Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that it was going to provide transparency around its Office 365 business. — and also said it would be shaking up the price plans. It did just that at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and the good news is that prices are going down August 1.
Before popping the champagne corks though. read on. The cheaper edition will be available to new midsize business customers next month. But existing customers will have to wait to the beginning of October 2015 before the full impact of the changes kick-in. So much for rewarding customer loyalty.
| Tuesday Jul 1, 2014
Edward Snowden has done more for electronic security than anyone else. Singlehandedly, he has forced some of the biggest IT vendors to take a close look at data, data transfer, and how it is stored.
This follows the revelation that security agencies across the world were systematically scanning emails.
In response, Google has made much of its email encryption practices and its efforts to secure the contents of the email itself.
Last night, Microsoft, in turn announced that it has upgraded its encryption standards across all its networks.
| Friday Jun 27, 2014
Every time Google or Microsoft makes an announcement about lowering the price of storage, someone asks us why anyone would pay more for a service like Dropbox, Box, Syncplicity, Egnyte, Accellion … you get the picture.
So yesterday, at its I/O Conference, when Google announced Google Drive for Work (a combination of Google apps and Google Drive with added security and reporting features that comes with unlimited storage for $10 per user per month), we were slammed with inquiries. Has Google had just entered — and, all at once, won — the file sync and share market in the Enterprise?
| Thursday Jun 26, 2014
If you’re one of the top cats in the Microsoft business division, the Google I/O conference must be one of the most irritating things of the year.
At I/O, Google always seems to find a way to squeeze the fun from Microsoft’s master plan to rule the business world. This year, the ‘something’ comes in the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents in Google Docs.
At face value, it doesn’t seem too serious. But when you stand back and look at it, it takes on far more significance than first impressions convey.
| Monday Apr 28, 2014
Two things are made clear in the new benchmark report from SoftWatch: 1. Business users spend a lot less time using their Office applications than might be thought. 2. If an organization did an in-depth analysis of Office usage across the enterprise, they might well find that dumping Office and moving to another, cheaper productivity suite could save them an awful lot of money.
| Friday Oct 25, 2013
Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.
While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion.
| Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version.
| Friday Aug 9, 2013
Since the launch of Office 365, Microsoft has been very guarded with any information about things like use, subscription numbers, and -- most important for business users -- its uptime. Now, however, it made a clean breast of at least the uptime element, giving itself nearly straight A’s for the past 4 quarters.
| Thursday Aug 8, 2013
HP-Autonomy HP RM 8.0 release
Even if it’s the holiday season there have been a number of interesting developments in the document management space, including the announcement by AvePoint that its productivity apps now support SharePoint 2013. There was also news from Laserfiche and DocuSign, a new pricing model for Office 365 and a major release from HP-Autonomy.
| Friday Jul 19, 2013
Microsoft's fourth quarter results show that it had to take a US$ 900 million write down on the stock of tablets it is holding and is unlikely to ever sell. As a result earnings came in well below expectations resulting in a fall in share-price of over 6%.
| Wednesday Jul 17, 2013
Office Web Apps for iPad, iPhone
Microsoft has added Office Web Apps for iPad and iPhone, and opened up in 38 new markets. Perceptive has also been busy upgrading its search capabilities, while Nuance took on mobile printing. Here's a snapshot of document management in the past week.
| Tuesday Jul 9, 2013
Another piece of news from the first day of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that is worth keeping in mind is that Microsoft has made it possible to move from one Office 365 customer plan, or SKU, to another without the migration problems that have plagued these moves until now.
| Tuesday Jul 9, 2013
Microsoft has addressed the rather patchy business intelligence functionality in Office 365 this week with the announcement that it is launching Power BI for Office 365 later this summer. Power BI will be a cloud-based suite built on a number of existing Microsoft intelligence apps with an Excel-based authoring environment.
| Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
Chrome Office Viewer (Beta)
Some interesting new releases this week in the document management space, not least of which is the new ability offered by Google to open and edit Office documents using Chrome. In other news, Hyland and DocuSign have inked a new partnership, Microsoft has outlined the future roadmap for Yammer with some interesting document capabilities and M-Files has been ISO certified.
| Thursday May 30, 2013
It may be a newbie, but already Office 365 Home Premium Edition -- also known as Office 2013 -- has gained considerable traction in the productivity suite space, and has just announced that it has passed the 1 million subscription mark.