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Microsoft Nearly Clarifies Office 2013 Licensing, Still Dithering Over Cloud Computing

Way back when, in the days when Microsoft starting talking up Office 2013 critics of the Redmond giant made some pretty pointed comments about slow-coach Microsoft and the cloud. There may have been reasons to suggest that the company was behind the times with a desktop office suite, but the recent issues around licensing of Office 2013 shows exactly where it is putting its money.

Altimeter: How 4 Leading Brands Scale Social Business

Social business is a complex process by nature, and a constantly growing number of variables are magnifying that complexity. In a new report, Altimeter Research uses case studies to demonstrate how several well-known brands are managing factors such as individual customer conversations and locations to maximize the effectiveness of their social business initiatives.

Microsoft Office 2013 Launching Officially This Week

office2013_logo.jpg Having been available through beta, enterprise releases and free upgrade offers, the latest collection of Office 2013 products from Microsoft becomes generally available this week with a launch party announced for Tuesday in New York. 

Microsoft Q2 Profits Down By 3.7%, Windows 8 Sales Slow, Still No Figures for Surface

Anyone hoping that the information supplied at Microsoft’s Q2 earnings announcement last night would answer some of the questions hanging over the Redwood giant are going to be disappointed.

Microsoft Office 2013 Pricing Emerges, Some Business Users Can Bring It Home

It’s still not clear when exactly Microsoft is going to release Office 2013, but at this point the leaks are so prolific, it may as well make a clean breast of it. In the last few days alone, more about the pricing has been ‘leaked’, and now word that some home users will also be able to get their hands on the new suite.

Microsoft Extends Office 2013 Localization, Aims For Productivity Suite Dominance

Still no official date for the full release of Office 2013, but Microsoft has really been building up a head of steam. Last month, it announced it was making it available to business users in volume with home users to follow this quarter. And now, it has just announced that it has localized it into three more languages, with interface packs for 13 more.

Google Offers Office Access for iPad, CloudOn Offers Office Support for iPhone

It’s Christmas so a lot of people will be expecting iPads, even if it’s only one of the older versions. While that’s all well and good, what will really make this Christmas special are the apps that go with it. One of the biggest problems to date has been the inability to use Office and Office documents on the iPad. This week however, Google has announced that it will be making Office users’ Christmas dreams come true with iPad access.

Doc Mgt Roll-up: IBM Releases Productivity Suite, Office 2013 Available For Businesses

The holiday season may be fast approaching but it doesn't seem to be having much effect in the document management space.  Among this week’s highlights -- the release of IBM’s productivity suite, Microsoft finally releases Office 2013 to the business community, Perceptive releases new Outlook app, Snowbound offers right to left functionality for documents and Accusoft upgrades its ImagXpress application.

Office 2013 Available For Business Users, Home Users Next Quarter

It may be just a coincidence, but probably not. The very week IBM decides to launch its new Cloud Docs productivity suite, Microsoft decides to make the new version of Office 2013 available to business users.

In 2013 I Wish ...

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All I want for Christmas is for people to stop piling on with more content. Content is a means to a relationship, not a goal in itself and it is not always necessary to push out more content. Instead, look to compound the value of existing content by sharing, discussing, curating and amending. Related to this, I want people to understand that all engagement is not valuable -- engagement for engagement's sake is just a waste of time. -- Rachel Happe, Co-Founder and Principal, The Community Roundtable

 

IBM Launches SmartCloud Docs, New Cloud Collaboration Features

IBM has been preparing SmartCloud Docs (SCD) for quite a while now and has made no secret of it. Today’s announcement comes as part of a much bigger picture around IBM’s cloud computing ambitions and also sees the release of new services -- the IBM SmartCloud.

Windows 8 Racks Up 40 Million License Sales

Thumbnail image for win8pro_box.png       Perhaps in response to stories about slow user adoption, Microsoft is letting out a little sales information on Windows 8, which has been out in the wild for a month now. 

Windows 8 Off To A Slow Start In Stores and Online

Thumbnail image for win8pro_box.pngWindows 8 might be on many shelves inside new PCs, Surface tablets and via cheap upgrades, but the public isn't buying it in massive numbers, at least not yet. 

Overview of e-Discovery Across the Microsoft Office Platform #spc12

Microsoft has joined in the e-Discovery fray, now pushing a unified offering across the entire Office platform. At the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, I sat in a session by Quentin Christensen, Program Manager at Microsoft, to see exactly what features will be available to end users.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Xerox, MacAfee Partner, Jahia Prepares for Wise Release

It’s quiet enough in the document management space this week. There are a few notable items though including the Xerox, McAfee partnership, Jahia is gearing up for the Wise release, we take a look at Office.com, OpenText beats recent earnings trends, and bigtincan upgrades platform.

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