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Office 2013 News & Analysis

Microsoft Strikes Google by Slashing Office 365 Prices #WPC14

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.

Microsoft Tightens Email Security

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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.

Is Google's Drive for Work Too Little, Too Late? #io14

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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?

Google Makes it Easier to Dump Microsoft Office #io14

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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.
 

Do You Really Need Microsoft Office?

Thumbnail image for SoftWatch Office licenses 28 4 2014.jpgTwo 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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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