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Office 2013 News & Analysis

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

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. 

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. 

Microsoft Finally Reveals Office 365 Uptime

Microsoft Office 365, information managementSince 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.

Doc Mgmt Roll-up: AvePoint Productivity Apps for SharePoint 2013, HP RM 8.0 Released

Document Management,HP-Autonomy HP RM 8.0 release

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.

Surface RT Sinks Microsoft's Q4 Figures; PC Sales Disappoint Too

Thumbnail image for surfaceart.jpgMicrosoft'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%.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Finally, Office Web Apps for iPad, iPhone, Perceptive Upgrades Search

Office Web Applications for iPad.jpg, productivity, document management, information managementOffice 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.

Microsoft Offers Seamless Movement Between Office 365 SKUs #WPC13

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.

Microsoft Adds Heavyweight Business Intelligence to Office 365 #WPC13

Microsoft Business Intelligence Power View in Office 365.jpgMicrosoft 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.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Google Offers Access to Office Docs, Hyland + DocuSign Partner

Chrome Office Viewer beta.jpg 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. 

Microsoft Office 365 Reaches 1 Million Subscriptions

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.

SkyDrive Pro: Now Available for All

When Office 2013 was first released, the client included SkyDrive Pro. This client application was available only with a new SharePoint 2013 installation and allowed for a user to sync content from a SharePoint library to their local machine or mobile device. This feature was a much anticipated feature, but unfortunately for many, the upgrade to Office 2013 wasn't possible. 

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.

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.

Google Figures Lifted On Better Click Rates; Microsoft Windows Performs, With New Mini Device Due

If IBM’s figures were disappointing for investors, then those of Google and Microsoft will reassure them and offer some optimism around the IT industry. Google, which was concerned over lower mobile ad prices, appears to have shaken it off and has posted profits of US$ 3.35 billion, up 16% on the last time.

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.

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