New Office for Mac update, Embedded 'Blue' and more Microsoft news bits

New Office for Mac update, Embedded 'Blue' and more Microsoft news bits

Summary: A mid-week Microsoft news round-up with the latest on Office for Mac 2011 14.4.3; Windows Embedded 'Blue'; and more information on Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone.


Here's a quick mid-week round-up of a few Microsoft news items worth a mention:

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 update is available


On May 7, Microsoft made available for download an update for Office for Mac 2011. That update, 14.3.4, includes a number of important fixes. Among them: A fix for co-authoring when using Microsoft PowerPoint; a fix for saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint from Word for Mac; a group mail fix for Outlook for Mac; and a couple of junk mail updates for Outlook for Mac. This update is for those running Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or a later version.


A Blue version of Windows Embedded: Think this fall

The Windows Embedded team mentioned in passing this week that it will be delivering a Blue update to the Windows Embedded operating system. In a May 7 blog post, the team noted: "With Windows Blue, we are furthering our platform alignment with Windows to address a growing category of devices on the edge of enterprise networks and will be bringing the update to market later this year."


Right now, the Embedded team isn't share specific SKU details or any other information. (There are several Windows Embedded 8 SKUs available currently.) But Embedded is "aligning with the Windows release schedule," a spokesperson confirmed to me.

Microsoft's official pronouncement on Windows Blue is that it will be out by holiday 2013. My sources say Windows Blue is on track to RTM by August 2013 or so. So I'd say expect Windows Embedded Blue some time this fall.

About that Windows Phone YouTube app...


Microsoft announced earlier this week its redesigned YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 is now available via the Windows Phone Store. In the blog post detailing the app's new features, there was no mention of how or whether Microsoft managed to gain Google's cooperation in building this app. One might think Microsoft would need this, given the Redmondians have said they couldn't advance YouTube on Windows Phone because of Google's decision to restrict Microsoft's access to required metadata

I asked Microsoft and Google officials if something had changed from a policy/API standpoint that allowed Microsoft to deliver this much more robust YouTube app. Google officials didn't respond to my request for comment. A Microsoft spokesperson sent the following statment:

"Windows Phone invested additional engineering resources against existing APIs to re-architect a Windows Phone app that delivers a great YouTube experience, including support for unique Windows Phone 8 features such Live Tiles and Kids Corner. Microsoft did not receive any additional technical support to create the Windows Phone YouTube app."


Topics: Windows, Apple, Microsoft, Windows Phone


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • google is evil

    Google is now playing defensive game against Microsoft by not providing meta data. Windows phone is growing in popularity day by day
    Suneel Sadhu
  • Great!

    Now if Outlook 2011 could just display the Exchange GAL we'd be talking about something.
    • And

      Made the search function more worthwhile/intuitive, allowed you to resend mail from sent items, had at least some modest image insertion formatting, etc.
      Evil Sandmich
  • Why Windows 8 sucks

    The reason Windows 8 sucks, is that it was developed in Bill Gates' favorite country: India.

    Microsoft (and other tech companies) have hired thousands of developers with cheaper wages, and ultimately they turn the project into a nightmare.

    India has a habit of taking a simple product, and over complicating the UI.

    They have done the same thing with Adobe.

    Its criminal that US companies now think they have to send development overseas, when we have talented individuals that are right here in our own backyard. If more developers are needed. Take the initiative and train in the US, not investing in India.
    • Problem with India?

      ...then start teaching kids in North America math without making them feel stupid/inadequate, and begin churning out more computer science/programming/engineering grads instead of Arts majors. Build a labour pool that reflects the market, and then start talking about India.
      • Don't bother

        He seems like one of those 'they took our jobs' types.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Math and students


        The US educational system, foisted upon the children by the US Department of Education and the Teachers Unions has promoted a 'dumb down' teaching practice for decades. I remember, on several occasions by many teachers, being told, "Don't try and get ahead of the class, we are all to stick together, so stop trying to be so smart." Since most of the class was at the "C" grade (or average) I shot for a B or A-, just to get the teachers off my back. Truthfully, I did get quite a few A grades where I was allowed to.

        In talking to relatives and others I found there were a lot of folks that had been told the same thing over the years. Only in the last ten or so years, since the advent of Charter Schools and Home Schooling, have the public schools (those who're subject to the unions and DOE), dragging their feet, started to try and develop the brighter students.

        There is a new teaching style growing in the wings. It is designed for grades 6 - 12 and utilizes the students as 'presenters' for parts of the class room lessons. Teachers are more like coaches and develop the capabilities of every student so they can help teach a part of the daily lesson. The concept is that every student presents a segment of the classroom subject at least once every two weeks.

        This style reverses the ratio of class instruction from the 90% teacher and 10% student so the students are doing 90% of the presentations. In a couple of instances where I have seen this in action it was a joy to watch. The kids really had their act together. The teachers told me there "....was a revolution in their mind" trying to grasp the idea of 'backseat driving' the class. One of them, my cousin, slugged my arm when I told her, "Why was that so hard, you've been backseat driving for years."