Microsoft adds new features to Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App

Two of Microsoft’s family of Outlook email apps got some new features this week, and one of them will add yet another function in the near future. The Outlook 2013 stand-alone app now has a compact version of its email message header while the Outlook Web App now has some improvements to its text editor. The Outlook 2013 …

Microsoft to start nagging Windows XP users about April 8 end-of-support date

On March 8, Microsoft will begin notifying Windows XP users via a pop-up notification that April 8 will mark the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP. Windows XP users still running the Home or Professional versions of the product and who have been getting their updates to XP via Windows Update will get a …

Microsoft partners with DocuSign to add eSignature to Office 365

Business users of Office 365 will soon be able to download and use some new apps that should make the signing and storing of online documents easier. Today, Microsoft’s announced a new partnership with DocuSign that will offer Office 365 users a way to download the company’s eSignature apps from the Office Store. Microsoft’s press …

Report: Microsoft Office for iPad may be released before Windows touchscreen counterpart

According to reports, a new, touchscreen iteration of Microsoft’s flagship Office productivity software may be hitting the iPad before it’s touchscreen counterpart is released for Windows.  The Office for iPad software, which is apparently codenamed ‘Miramar’, was first hinted at by Steve Ballmer last year – and a report by ZDNet seems to corroborate that. …

Microsoft adds multi-factor authentication to Office 365 business plans

Microsoft continues to add multi-factor authentication support to its software products and services. Today, the company announced that it has added this much requested feature to business and academic users of Office 365. In a post on the Office blog, Microsoft states: Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just …

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 …