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Monday, August 2, 2010

Microsoft Office 2011 Prices and Release Date

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:26 PM

http://www.mactech.com/2010/08/02/o...-ship-october-0

"Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (http://www.microsoft.com/mac) will ship Office for Mac 2011 in late October. Reportedly, the prices will undercut the current version of the office application suite by 20% to 50%."

We reported on the videos they were releasing, outlining the new features of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, and now we have some prices and a release date. There will be two editions, a Home and Student as well as a Home and Business version. The Home and Student will be priced at $119.00 USD for a single license ($149.00 USD for family pack for three Macs) while the Home and Business version will be priced at $199.00 USD ($279.00 USD for two machines).


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Check Out the Video for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

http://mashable.com/2010/07/28/offi...able+(Mashable)

"The Microsoft Mac team has posted the first in a series of videos that show off some of the new features in Microsoft Office for Mac 2011."

I'm actually interested in seeing what Outlook for Mac is going to look like and how it will function when they release this new version of Office for Mac (It's supposed to be compatible with Spotlight and Time Machine.). It's due out by the end of the year, so in preparation for that release the "Mac Office Team" has posted the first in a series of videos about the new features. This is supposed to bring the Mac version more in line with the Windows version. Do you have any plans to pick up this software or are you happy using what you have now? And what exactly are you using now?


Monday, July 19, 2010

MobileMe Calendar Web App Will Work With Microsoft Outlook

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 AM

http://9to5mac.com/mobileme-calende...ks-with-outlook

"Yesterday, Apple announced on its MobileMe news blog that their upcoming MobileMe calendar web application can work with Microsoft's Outlook. Users will be able to view their MobileMe calendars in Outlook as well as edit them."

I don't use outlook, but I imagine this could be very useful for those that do, especially if you use Outlook at work and iCal at home. Currently, MobileMe Calendar Beta doesn't support push calendar updates or connection through a proxy server. I imagine that since the blog post says "not currently available(italics mine)", that this will eventually change. Is anybody excited about this, or is this a feature you could never imagine using?


Friday, July 16, 2010

Microsoft COO Compares iPhone 4 to Windows Vista

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5587110/microsof...hen-he-sees-one

"In his keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, company COO Kevin Turner said that Apple's new iPhone, beset by antenna issues, "might be their Vista." Self-deprecation suits you well, Microsoft!"

Kevin Turner from Microsoft has openly compared the iPhone 4 to Windows Vista. Vista has been around since January 30, 2007, and was finally "fixed" in October 22, 2009 by the release of Windows 7. The iPhone 4 was released on June 24, 2010, and the first fixes have arrived less than a month after release. Interesting to hear them finally bashing their own product. How bad does something need to be to get lemon designation? Is the iPhone 4 a lemon?


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Microsoft Conducting Study of iPad Users

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "The Competition" @ 08:00 AM

http://9to5mac.com/why_msft_is_finished

"Microsoft is seeking iPad owners to take part in an in-depth study as the company plans its own breed of business-focused tablets.Microsoft User Research has launched the study and is now seeking iPad owners willing to take part in the two-hour session at its headquarters in Seattle."

I guess if you're going to do research on how people use a tablet computer, you'd want to study people using the best tablet currently available. I'm curious what the "Microsoft gratuity item" could be. I'm also wondering what, exactly, Microsoft is looking for? Is it how the user interacts with the device? What apps they use most? How much time they spend it with it? All of the above? Would love to hear your ideas on what exactly Microsoft is looking for.

Tags: microsoft, tablet

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blast From the Past...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

I can't even remember the first panelist...


Friday, June 25, 2010

Apple Market Cap Greater Than Microsoft and Dell Combined

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.macdailynews.com/index.p..._dell_combined/

"Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) closed today at $269.00, putting the company's market value at $244.77 billion."

As you can see above, the stock rose above $270.00 USD in after hours trading, at least as of 8pm Eastern. According to MacDailyNews, this puts the market cap of Apple ($244.77 billion) greater than the combined Microsoft and Dell market cap ($242.42 billion). Let's see what today brings.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...tm_campaign=rss

"As has been rumored for a while now, Microsoft has released Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad in the US, Canada, UK, and France. The app is available for download from the iTunes App Store."

Available now for free in the iTunes App Store [link].


Friday, May 28, 2010

Apple Market Cap Edges Microsoft

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.appletell.com/apple/comm...etell+Appletell

"In terms of market capitalization, Apple has now passed Microsoft, making it the most valuable technology company worldwide. According to the New York Times, "As of Wednesday, Wall Street valued Apple at $222.12 billion and Microsoft at $219.18 billion." Exxon Mobil, at $278.64 billion, is the only American company valued higher than these two."

This was first reported Wednesday, but appears to still be true even with fluctuations in the market as the figures above are from Thursday, at around 4pm Easter time. Still holding the lead. What does this mean other than bragging rights? It certainly doesn't help market share, nor does it give you a sense of how strong or weak a company is, however it is a good sense of a trend a market is heading. At least that is what I've been told, because I'm certainly no expert in these matters. What are the thoughts from some of you that have the expertise in this area?


Friday, May 14, 2010

Kin Media Sync for Mac from Mark/Space

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phon...-available/3808

"While my daughters really enjoyed the Zune functionality on the Microsoft Kin they were disappointed that they could not put their purchased iTunes music on the devices."

If you aren't familiar with the Kin, you can read about it in an article posted on our sister site, Windows Phone Thoughts. And if you have one, now you can sync between your Kin and iTunes using the free Media Sync tool from Mark/Space.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Will Apple Surpass Microsoft?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.beatweek.com/news/5597-a...e-as-microsoft/

"A few years ago, Steve Jobs allegedly sent a company wide email to his employees to brag about the fact that Apple had just surpassed Dell in terms of marketcap, meaning that - according to the stock market, at least - Apple had become a larger computer than its computer selling rival."

That was, of course, in response to comments made by Michael Dell of Dell Computer when he suggested years previous that Apple should shut down because of the low stock price and give the money back to it's shareholders. Times change but apparently Steve Jobs has a long memory. As it stands now, Apple Stock has to hit about the $290.00 USD price, along with the Microsoft share price holding steady, in order to surpass Microsoft's market cap of $262.21 billion versus Apple's $234.97 billion. With Apple dropping almost $8.00 USD as of the posting of this story, that may not happen anytime soon.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Silverlight 4 Released Today

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/150...l?lsrc=rss_main

"Microsoft's Silverlight 4, which is an upgrade to the company's rich Internet browser plug-in platform, is set for release on Thursday, according to Microsoft representatives."

You can find out more about the Visual Studio event over at Windows Phone Thoughts, but Silverlight 4 will be released today. You can head on over to Microsoft to download the latest version.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Screenshots of Office 2011 for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...of_buttons.html

"Screenshots of Microsoft's 2011 version of its productivity suite for Mac have appeared, highlighting a more serious user interface appearance and the Vista Ribbon."

Not sure which one I like better, but the Microsoft Office Ribbon sure is busy. Even though they are now using Cocoa framework, it still looks very much like a Microsoft product. Anyone out there going to be using this when it comes out?


Friday, March 26, 2010

Beta Version of Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/24/micr...dds-video-chat/

"It was several months ago when Microsoft last updated us on the progress of videoconferencing capability within Messenger for Mac; while version 7 added A/V support for corporate accounts connected to Live Communications Server, the crowd of personal users who connect to MSN/Windows Live were left out of the fun."

Well now we can all have fun with it as they have released the beta version. Messenger for Mac 8 is available now, and "it adds A/V chat, along with interoperability with Windows Messenger 2009." You can download it here, and it requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Intel only.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Win a Customized MacBook Pro, From Microsoft

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

http://macofficelovesyou.com/macworld-sweepstakes/

"Enter to Win a Custom-Color MacBook Pro and Office 2008 for Mac. Microsoft Office for Mac loved the Mac community since way back when. What's the perfect gift for a long-term commitment?"

Pretty simple rules, just follow them on Twitter, or ReTweet @OfficeforMac and include the hashtag #officeformac. The contest ends on February 25th, 2010 and is only open to US and Canadian residents. You can go here to get all the information. Oh, you also get a copy of Office 2008 along with the 2.53GHz MacBook Pro.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Office 2004 for Mac Update 11.5.7

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macintouch.com/index.sht....2010.02.11.mso

"Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.7 Update improves security for all Office 2004 for Mac applications by addressing "vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code."

Visit the Microsoft Office 2004 Update page to get more info and to download the update.


Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, Details From Macworld

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article..._interface.html

"Microsoft on Thursday detailed some of the new features in its forthcoming Office for Mac 2011 suite, including co-authoring tools, Web apps, and a redesigned ribbon interface more consistent with its Windows counterpart."

According to Eric Wilfrid, MacBU General Manager at Microsoft, "Together with your team -- officemates, family or classmates -- you are part of the community that helps shape each version of Office for Mac. You’ve told us that working together across platforms is a priority to you and that’s why we are making Office for Mac 2011 the best, most compatible productivity suite on the Mac." No pricing set yet, but some of the specifics are co-authoring tools that allow multiple users to work on files from different locations with real-time updates, access to Microsoft Web Apps from within the program so you can share documents from any machine with an Internet connection and allowing Outlook to import .PST files from Outlook for Windows.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bing Comes to the iPhone App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...its_the_iphone/

"Microsoft's Bing application rolled out onto Apple's App Store on Wednesday, giving iPhone and iPod touch a native application for using the Redmond-based company's online search engine."

I've only had this app for an hour or so, but I really like it. The main focus is to help you find locations, business and other services, and it lets you do your searches by voice. It is a free app so give it a test drive, you have nothing to lose.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Microsoft Says Nein!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/microsoft_is...e+Intelligence)

"Probably still reeling from all publicity around these shots, Microsoft reportedly told journalists gathered for a company press event in Germany not to use or mention Apple products."

The translation from German goes something like this: "While at a Windows Mobile 6.5 demonstration in Munich, Germany a journalist was warned by a Microsoft spokesman not to mention or use Apple products...since it was a Microsoft event the journalist had previously told everyone that he had never owned an easier to use cell phone than the iPhone."


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Silverlight Video Streaming on iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.iphonealley.com/current/...ne+Alley+-+RSS)

"In an unlikely twist, Microsoft has successfully demonstrated streaming video powered by their Silverlight technology playing on an iPhone."

Interesting quote in the article from Brian Goldfarb, who is the Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager who, when asked how they got this to work on the iPhone and Adobe failed, said "We worked with Apple." To clarify it he did say that Microsoft did all the work, they just made sure that it was all ok with Apple.


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