What happens when Apple's App Store restrictions meet Microsoft's confusing Office licensing rules? Chaos, confusion, and potential compliance headaches for businesses, that's what. Here's how CIOs can avoid potentially costly licensing hassles with Office 365 subscriptions.
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Get outspoken insights and expert advice on the products and companies that define today's tech landscape, from a source who knows these technologies inside and out.
Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).
After revelations that it had inspected a Hotmail customer's email as part of an internal investigation, Microsoft announced new rules last week. This week, following "uncomfortable" criticism of that policy, the company announced new rules: no inspections without a warrant.
Each new update chips away at the annoyances of Windows 8. Here are six power features that are new or improved with the Windows 8.1 update due in a couple of weeks.
It took four years, but Microsoft has finally released full-featured Office apps for the iPad. As expected, the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are free to install but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features. Here's what you can expect.
After years of speculation, Microsoft has finally delivered editions of its flagship business productivity programs to the iPad platform. Here's what you'll find in the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.
Microsoft is under fire for allegedly violating the privacy of a "French blogger" in the investigation of a 2012 leak of some of its most valuable trade secrets. Here's the side of the story critics are missing.
Alex A. Kibkalo, the former Microsoft employee charged this week with leaking the company's trade secrets, was a little too loyal to Microsoft services. That turned out to be his undoing.
After nearly two years, Mozilla has decided to throw in the towel on its effort to build a hybrid browser that would compete with Internet Explorer 11 on touch-enabled Windows 8 devices. The stated reason? A profound lack of interest.
A major update to Windows 8.1 arrives via Windows Update on April 8. It's aimed at making the desktop experience easier for keyboard and mouse users. Here's a close-up of the changes you can expect.
With its second major update to Windows 8 in less than 18 months, Microsoft is trying to ease the pain for Windows users who are befuddled by the Windows 8 interface on conventional PCs. Here's what you can expect. Will it be enough to calm the troubled waters?
The much-anticipated Windows 8.1 spring update, released to manufacturing days ago and due for public distribution in early April, leaked to the web early. The source isn't a shady Eastern European download site but Microsoft's own Windows Update servers.
In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of what's coming next from Redmond.
If you think Nokia's decision to introduce a line of Android-powered phones is a threat to Microsoft, think again. With Microsoft's new "devices and services" emphasis, these phones are a logical fit, even after the acquisition closes.
Microsoft is betting big on cloud computing, and its biggest stack of chips is on Office 365. One year after the biggest launch in its history, how's that gamble working out?
Under Microsoft's traditional sales lifecycle, Windows 7 PCs would have disappeared from the marketplace later this year. But Windows 7 Pro has been granted an extension. What does that mean if you're in the market for a Windows 7 PC?
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