Microsoft said it will start automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to customers Tuesday as a last-ditch move before it drops the original 2009 edition of Windows 7 from support next month. Windows 7 RTM—the latter stands for "release to manufacturing," Microsoft-speak for a launch edition—will be retired from support, including security updates, after April...
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Microsoft customers can save between $20 and $40 on a one-PC, perpetual license of Office 2013 by purchasing a "product key card," a retail offer that consists of a 25-character activation key. Product key cards, or PKCs, debuted three years ago alongside Office 2010 as a replacement for Microsoft's long-standing upgrade policies, which previously offered current users of...
(3 months and 4 days ago)
Microsoft has heard the uproar from customers over the draconian Office 2013 licensing limitations, and it has relented. Today, Microsoft announced an update to Office 2013 retail licensing agreement that should quell the uprising and force customers to put away the torches and pitchforks. Effective immediately, customers who purchase (or have already purchased) the...
(2 months and 21 days ago)
Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2), the first major update to the suite in almost two years. The preview of Office 2010 SP2 can be downloaded from Microsoft's Connect website, the company said. In addition to Office 2010 SP2, the download includes the code necessary to upgrade several server products, such as SharePoint 2010 and...
(1 month and 15 days ago)
Microsoft has quietly raised prices of Office for the Mac as much as 17 percent and stopped selling multi-license packages of the application suite. The move puts Office for Mac 2011 on the same pricing schedule as the new Office 2013 for Windows. The price increases and the disappearance of the multi-license bundles also makes Microsoft’s Office 365, a...
(3 months and 5 days ago)
Whether talking about the constellation in the night sky or the sign of the zodiac, the word "Gemini" is synonymous with twins. It's no coincidence that Gemini is reportedly the code name for an upcoming Microsoft Office build that could be the twin project to Windows Blue. Together, the two efforts represent a complete shift in the way Microsoft develops and rolls out...
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A Morgan Stanley analyst predicts Microsoft is losing out on a big cash cow-- creating Microsoft Office for iOS tablets.
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The launch of new and revised Office 365 software-by-subscription plans for businesses shows that Microsoft realizes its current licensing revenue is threatened by cost-cutting customers, an analyst said yesterday. "Microsoft wants to shift people to subscriptions because you cannot stop paying for a subscription," said Paul DeGroot, principal at Pica Communications, a...
(2 months and 27 days ago)
The party will soon be over for anyone enjoying the free Office 365/Office 2013 Preview, and Microsoft is getting serious about convincing people to buy or subscribe to the new productivity suite before the trial ends. For the past few weeks, Microsoft has notified preview users about the close of the free Office test period by using an alert bar below Office’s menu ribbon....
(2 months and 9 days ago)
Ever since Microsoft introduced Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions in January, we’ve been wondering when Microsoft might give up on packaged versions of Office. Now it seems we have our answer. The software giant is betting that, over the next 10 years, most people will voluntarily pay for subscriptions instead of purchasing boxed software. “We think subscription...
(17 days ago)
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