Office News & Analysis
| Thursday Nov 7, 2013
The battle for the hearts and pockets of productivity suite users has just intensified with the introduction of real time collaborative document editing for Office Web Apps.
Office Web Apps are Microsoft’s browser-based, simplified versions of Office apps, consisting of online versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Those products have not really gained the traction Microsoft was hoping for mainly because all the functionality they offered were already available in Google Docs.
| 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 $7.46 billion.
| Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version.
| Monday Sep 16, 2013
For such a small tool, today’s unveiling of Box Notes is causing a bit of a storm and likely will upset quite a few people across the productivity suite space. This is because Notes, which is in closed beta for the moment, offers document editing and collaboration to those storing their content on the Box enterprise platform.
| Tuesday Sep 3, 2013
Citrix has announed it has aquired an iPad document editing tool called Byte Squared, and the ability to edit Office documents will now be rolled into its ShareFile Enterprise system.
| Friday Aug 9, 2013
Since the launch of Office 365, Microsoft has been very guarded with any information about things like use, subscription numbers, and -- most important for business users -- its uptime. Now, however, it made a clean breast of at least the uptime element, giving itself nearly straight A’s for the past 4 quarters.
| Thursday Aug 8, 2013
HP-Autonomy HP RM 8.0 release
Even if it’s the holiday season there have been a number of interesting developments in the document management space, including the announcement by AvePoint that its productivity apps now support SharePoint 2013. There was also news from Laserfiche and DocuSign, a new pricing model for Office 365 and a major release from HP-Autonomy.
| Wednesday Jul 31, 2013
| Friday Jul 19, 2013
Microsoft's fourth quarter results show that it had to take a US$ 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.
| Wednesday Jul 10, 2013
With the rumor mill about Microsoft and possible announcements on restructuring now in overdrive, Microsoft has been using its Worldwide Partner conference in Texas to outline its business priorities.
| 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.
| Friday Jun 14, 2013
After years of will they/won't they, Microsoft has finally released an Office app for the iPhone (usable, but not optimized for the iPad), finally bringing its platform agnostic play to Apple devices.
| 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.
| Thursday May 9, 2013
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.