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Microsoft’s Office Hierarchy Begins Taking Shape

Microsoft’s Office Hierarchy Begins Taking Shape

As cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service continue to take hold, Microsoft’s flagship Office productivity suite now appears less a standalone product than a hierarchy of services, each with different levels of functionality for different markets. The big question: Will your version of Office do everything you need it to?

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 to Manufacturing, Opens Online Windows Store

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 to Manufacturing, Opens Online Windows Store

Microsoft said Wednesday that it has released Windows 8 to manufacturing, meaning that the world should get its first look at the final version of the company’s next generation operating system in about two weeks, when developers will be able to download the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. Microsoft also said that its Windows Store is now…

Social Connections Driving the Future of Microsoft Office, Outlook.com

Social Connections Driving the Future of Microsoft Office, Outlook.com

Microsoft’s new emphasis on cloud services is opening up new opportunities to connect with social media. On Tuesday, Microsoft reworked Hotmail to become Outlook.com, which integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn and other social networks. And Microsoft is also working to integrate social networking features within the new version of…

Why Bing’s Facebook Integration Won’t Help Most People

Why Bing’s Facebook Integration Won’t Help Most People

On Monday, Microsoft added the capability to “tag” Facebook friends while searching in Bing, actively soliciting the wisdom of real people when conducting searches. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, it’s unlikely to be used except by a minority of users.