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Why you need to care more about DNS

When you say Domain Name System (DNS), you might think, naturally enough, of domain names and the technical details of running your Internet connection. You might be concerned about denial of service attacks on your website, or someone hijacking and defacing it.

Written by Mary Branscombe15 July 15 23:57

Why you still need to care about software licensing

Microsoft might promise free upgrades for Windows and simplify its volume licensing with a new agreement, but the influx of cloud services, new devices and mobile apps means software licensing continues to be complex. A recent lawsuit should remind you that you can't afford to lose track of what software your company is using.

Written by Mary Branscombe13 March 15 04:44

Word Online catching up with Word 2013, at least in some areas

The free Office Online applications still have only a fraction of the capabilities in Office 2013, but an update this week adds some welcome new features -- some of which are actually ahead of the client versions.

Written by Mary Branscombe11 Dec. 14 10:32

Microsoft delivers Office mobile management in Intune update

The updates Microsoft has made to its Intune PC and device management service this week are partly catching up to other MDM systems with features like containers for apps and files, a managed browser and bulk enrollment for iOS devices. But they also add unique options for managing Office apps on iOS and Android.

Written by Mary Branscombe10 Dec. 14 05:02

Windows 10 no 'loss leader' for Microsoft, but making money may rely on services

Microsoft won't talk about what Windows 10 will cost until next year. But it's looking unlikely that it will be completely free, either for users or for PC makers building larger devices, after Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said that Windows 10 won't be a priced to keep users in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Written by Mary Branscombe06 Dec. 14 00:49

Microsoft Pulse 2.0 polling and analytics service launches in beta

CNN used it for polling during the recent gubernatorial debates in Florida and on the "Magic Wall" on election night; Fox News uses it to follow the mood of the U.S. during the president's State of the Union addresses. Now Microsoft is launching its Bing Pulse real-time polling service as a free self-service beta that anyone can use to get feedback from their audience via phones and tablets during an event.

Written by Mary Branscombe05 Dec. 14 04:01

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: Early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows.

Written by Mary Branscombe19 Nov. 14 01:56

SkyKick promises simpler migration to Office 365

As Office 365 continues to gain customers, migration tools to help them move into the cloud are becoming more popular. SkyKick already has a comprehensive service that consultants and resellers can use to manage all the steps of a migration, from estimating licence costs and choosing from the many different Office 365 plans to tracking down PST files on user PCs and moving data from file shares and old email systems into the cloud.

Written by Mary Branscombe19 Nov. 14 00:02

With Clutter, Microsoft is less cautious about bringing machine learning to the masses

Microsoft's new Clutter feature for cleaning up your inbox automatically is the latest of several tools based on machine learning that the Office team thinks are ready for prime time. In fact, it's the latest of many machine learning tools that researchers at Microsoft have developed over the years. But this time, Microsoft is confident enough to make them broadly available.

Written by Mary Branscombe13 Nov. 14 07:53