Microsoft launches secretive Office 15 preview, calls it ‘most ambitious undertaking yet’

Microsoft this morning launched a technical preview of the next generation of its Office programs — releasing the products to a selected group of customers who will test them privately and provide feedback to the company under the terms of non-disclosure agreements. The company announced the milestone this morning and promised a public beta during… Read More


Microsoft Lync apps now available for iPhone and iPad

Microsoft’s Lync product group today rounded out its lineup of mobile apps with the release of apps for iPhone and iPad, bringing a core component of business communications lineup to the Apple devices. Lync was also recently made available for Google Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. The mobile apps offer instant messaging, audio conferencing, and… Read More


Geek of the Week: Jeff Teper, father of Microsoft SharePoint

Our latest Geek of the Week, Jeff Teper, had been at Microsoft for about six years in 1998 when he oversaw the formation of a new group focused on “knowledge management.” Later that group would launch a new business collaboration technology, then called SharePoint Portal Server. SharePoint has since become one of Microsoft’s largest products, surpassing… Read More

Kurt DelBene

Office 365: Microsoft, Google jostle for bragging rights

Microsoft is expected to launch its Office 365 service tomorrow, charging businesses a monthly subscription — rather than a one-time licensing fee — for online versions of SharePoint, Exchange, the Lync communications server and desktop versions of Office. In a recent interview with GeekWire, the president of the Microsoft Office division, Kurt DelBene, described the service… Read More


Microsoft says Office is still growing fast — cloud or not

Microsoft is marking the first anniversary of the Office 2010 launch today with a series of stats that show the company’s flagship productivity software continuing to fare well despite the rise of free online alternatives such as Google Docs. Microsoft says its business customers are upgrading to the new version five times faster than they… Read More

Oudi and Roy Antebi

Microsoft vets (and brothers) sell startup OffiSync to Jive

Business collaboration company Jive Software of Palo Alto is buying OffiSync, a Seattle-based startup known for a plug-in that adds social and collaboration features to Microsoft Office programs. OffiSync was founded by two Microsoft veterans, brothers Oudi and Roy Antebi, who have been working out of Seattle and Israel. Tony Zingale, Jive CEO, calls it “a… Read More


Microsoft Office alternatives: Adoption low, but interest and impact high, new study shows

Despite rising interest in Google Docs and other Microsoft Office rivals, actual implementation of web-based and desktop alternatives remains relatively low among businesses. But their growth is still impacting Microsoft, as companies delay Microsoft Office upgrades to consider alternatives or use the threat of adopting them to negotiate better licensing deals with Microsoft. Those are… Read More


Skype + Microsoft? Why a deal could make sense … for Skype

Microsoft’s name emerged this weekend as a potential suitor of Skype, following a report last week that Facebook and Google were talking with the iconic Internet communications company about a partnership or acquisition. Om Malik today quotes anonymous sources saying that “Microsoft has entered the mix and is interested in either partnering with, acquiring or… Read More


Microsoft profits climb as Xbox, Office trump PC slump

Microsoft’s Xbox, Office and Windows Server businesses helped the company overcome a down quarter for the Windows PC market. The company just posted revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended March 31 (up 13%), and profits of 61 cents per share (up 36%) — topping Wall Street’s expectations on both counts. The company also… Read More


Microsoft brings Clippy back … for Office training game

Hi, it looks like you’re playing a game! Would you like some help? OK, so thankfully that’s not what happens in Microsoft’s newly released “Ribbon Hero 2” — the sequel to its surprisingly popular training game for its Office programs. But the game does, in fact, feature none other than Clippy, the former Microsoft Office… Read More


Microsoft opens Office subscriptions to masses, with app store — er, ‘marketplace’

Microsoft this morning launched the public beta of “Office 365″ — a new subscription service that lets small businesses pay a monthly fee, rather than buy an up-front license, for programs including Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and the Lync Online communications service. As part of the announcement, the company also rolled out… Read More

Chris Capossela

Meet Microsoft’s new marketing boss: Chris Capossela

The guy who previously headed marketing for Microsoft’s Office products is now taking on that role for the entire company. Microsoft this morning named veteran executive Chris Capossela its new senior vice president in charge of an expanded “Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group,” replacing Microsoft veteran Mich Mathews, who recently announced plans to leave…. Read More