Microsoft makes Power BI generally available for all Office 365 users

  Microsoft first announced its plans to launch Power BI for Office 365 and Excel users in April 2013. Today, the company revealed that Power BI is now generally available for all Office 365 users, after launching as a preview version in the summer of 2013. Power BI has been designed to give Excel users a  new and …

Microsoft announces general availability of Access apps in Office 365

Microsoft today announcedAccess apps in Office 365 are generally available for Office 365 Small Business, Midsize, Enterprise, and Education customers. Although Office 365 general availability was announced in February 2013, Access apps were in preview and weren’t supported under the Office 365 service-level agreement (SLA) and compliance standards. Now they’re officially out for everyone, except Office 365 …

Microsoft Pricing for office professional pushes users online with Office 365

As expected, Microsoft is pricing its next-generation Office 2013 line-up in a way to try to convince users to pay an annual subscription fee — with multiple-device-installation rights as a carrot — instead of buying the Office 2013 software outright. Microsoft is believed to be ready to launch its next-generation Office product within the next …

Internet Explorer still provides the best laptop and tablet battery life

While Internet Explorer is often treated as the red-headed step child of web browsers, there is one area in which Microsoft’s browser has traditionally reigned supreme, battery life. Microsoft’s own research has demonstrated IE’s power efficiency, and recent test results from the website 7tutorials have once again proved that IE enables user to eke out …

Microsoft starts rolling out new Surface Pro 2 firmware to some users

Some Surface Pro 2 owners are reporting that Microsoft has quietly released a new firmware update for the recent Windows 8.1 tablet this weekend, about a month after the last such patch was pulled by the company after installation and battery issues were discovered by some owners. ZDNet reports that some Surface Pro 2 users have reported receiving …

“Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015

At the BUILD developer conference in April 2014, Microsoft will discuss its vision for the future of Windows, including a year-off release codenamed “Threshold” that will most likely be called Windows 9. Here’s what I know about the next major release of Windows. As a kind of recap, we know that Microsoft will update Windows 8.1 …

Microsoft quietly ends support for Windows 7 dynamic themes

In 2009, Microsoft launched Windows 7 which supported a new type of theme that updated its images periodically via an RSS feed. They were called dynamic themes and Microsoft released a number of them over the years, including the Sky theme which was first made available fairly recently in August 2013. However, and with no …

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