If you think there have been a lot of reported "frontrunners" in the search for a new Microsoft
CEO, you aren't mistaken. First we had former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
, then we had Ford CEO Alan Mulally
, followed by whispers
that the company might go with its own enterprise boss Satya Nadella if Mulally turned down the job. Now that Mulally is seemingly out of the running
, we've started hearing reports that Microsoft quite sold on Nadella after all and might look harder for an outside candidate.Continue reading...
Microsoft and other interested parties that have antitrust complaints against Google in Europe
are not happy with the concessions
the search giant is ready to make
, adding a study that tracks eye movement to prove Google’s misconduct when it comes to promoting its services in search at the expense of competitors. Microsoft’s Initiative for Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) commissioned a study from the German Sports University in Köln to track the eyes of users performing Google searches in the region. The study revealed that Google
users are more likely to click on a search result leading to a Google service than to a service from a different company.Continue reading...
Today, Microsoft has released a new iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch application for IT administrators to manage their firm’s Office 365 servers. The application features Microsoft’s new flatter design language with large text. It allows administrators to manage the health and features of their Office 365 implementations.
The Office 365 Admin mobile app empowers IT service administrators to connect to their organizations’ Office 365 service status on the go. The Office 365 Admin mobile app enables administrators to view service health information and maintenance status updates. In addition, administrators can filter information by service subscriptions and configure app data refresh interval.
The application is free, and users obviously need to have Office 365 administrator rights and be apart of a firm with a subscription. Earlier this year, Microsoft released its Office 365 application for consumers. That app allows the viewing/accessing and minor editing of PowerPoint, Office, and Excel documents.
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Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, known for some of his accurate tips on the mobile industry in the past, said on Twitter that Windows Phone 9 will launch at some point in the second half of 2014 (third or fourth quarter) without the iconic Metro user interface that’s currently present on all Windows Phone
handsets and Windows tablets. In several tweets that followed, he suggested that the tiled Metro UI will still remain as an option to users. More importantly, he said that Windows RT
will cease to exist as a standalone OS fork, as it will be incorporated in WP9, which will become the “same system” for phones and tablets. A previous report said that Microsoft sees Windows RT merging with Windows Phone by 2015
The Start menu really does look like it'll be making a comeback in the next version of Windows. ZDNet confirms
a report from Paul Thurrott
earlier this week that Microsoft plans to bring back the Start menu to a future version of Windows 8. ZDNet
doesn't yet know whether the Start menu will come in a Windows 8.1-style update or whether it will be part of the larger "Threshold" update that's on track to release in early 2015
. All the same, ZDNet
says that the Start menu is definitely on Microsoft's
radar especially because it doesn't want Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to hold off on upgrading their PCs to Windows 8 because they're worried about the new platform's learning curve.Continue reading...
Whatever else you might think about Steve Ballmer's reign at Microsoft
, there's no doubt that he's helped the company maintain its position as an absolute cash cow
with a thriving enterprise software and services business. In an interview with Fortune
, the outgoing Microsoft
chief distills his philosophy as CEO into five simple words repeated three times: "How do you make money? How do you make money? How do you make money?"Continue reading...
We learned earlier this week that Microsoft
will reportedly bring back its dearly departed Start menu to Windows 8.2
, a change that will come as welcome news for many desktop users who feel isolated by some of the changes the company has made to its signature operating system. And now Paul Thurrott at Windows IT Pro has written
in greater detail about how Microsoft's vision for Windows 8.2
is all about making desktop fans happy again... and it goes way beyond bringing back the Start menu.Continue reading...
Bing may not be making any money for Microsoft but it seems to be doing wonders for Yahoo. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft's payouts to Yahoo in exchange for using Bing as its search engine accounted for 31% of its revenue last quarter, a surprisingly high number given that Yahoo before would only say that the Bing payouts accounted for more than 10% of its revenue. The 31% of revenue figure is also surprising because of a report we read in The Wall Street Journal earlier this year that claimed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was itching to back out of the Bing deal because "Yahoo’s revenue per search has been worse under the Microsoft deal than when it operated its own Web-search technology and advertising system."
Apple’s “12 Days of Gifts
” iOS app that was available in previous years only to customers in international markets
including Canada, Europe, and other countries, is for the first time ever offered to U.S. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners as well, MacRumors reports
. The application has been updated in time for this year's holiday promotion and will offer users a different free download each day from December 26th to January 6th, including apps, movies, songs, books and others. However, each item will only be available for download for 24 hours, not for the entire duration of the promotion. At this time, it's not known what free downloads Apple has included in the 2013 version of the app.Continue reading...
Calm down, Windows 8 haters: You may not have to rush out to scoop up Windows 7 after all. Microsoft
caused a stir last week when it announced that it had already stopped selling box copies of Windows 7
and that it had instructed its manufacturing partners to stop using Windows 7
on new PCs by October 30th, 2014. Now Network World has noticed
that Microsoft has backtracked
on its Windows life cycle page and now says that sales of both Windows 7 and new Windows 7 PCs will only end at a date "to be determined." Windows 7 extended support is still scheduled to last through January 14th, 2020.Continue reading...