May 06

Microsoft releases Office Online Server

Microsoft has announced the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organisations to provide an on-premises server that delivers browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. OOS running in an organisation’s datacentre offers the same functionality as Office Online and is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.

OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013.

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Dec 16

Microsoft rebrands Bing Pulse

Microsoft has announced that Microsoft’s Bing Pulse is changing its product name and brand identity to Microsoft Pulse. Microsoft Pulse has also become a multi-platform service, integrating with several products within the Microsoft family, including: Azure Media Services (video), Skype for Business (meetings), OneNote (sharing), Yammer (enterprise communications), and Power BI (analytics). In addition to a new and upgraded producer app, the brand now offers new features to the current services line-up, which include Pulse for Broadcast, Events & Conferences, Market Research and Pulse in the Classroom.

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Aug 07

Microsoft launches new wearable productivity apps

Microsoft has launched a new round of Wearable Productivity apps. These include Outlook for Apple Watch, Wunderlist for Apple Watch, Yammer for Apple Watch (announced, but not yet released), Microsoft Translator for Apple Watch and Android Wear, OneDrive for Android Wear (updated) as well as OneNote for Android Wear (updated).

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Jun 01

View on Microsoft’s May activities

Microsoft held its first Ignite conference in May and announced a range of new products and services for enterprise computing, including the next generation of Windows management, Microsoft Office, hybrid cloud infrastructure and SQL Server. Microsoft also announced that Windows Update for Business will be a free service for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices and has been designed to keep Windows devices in organisations up to date with security defences and Windows features.

NetSuite, a provider of cloud-based financials, ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced a strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft to create solutions connecting NetSuite’s cloud ERP to Microsoft Office 365, Windows and Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft has started the global transition of Nokia-branded stores and Care centres around the world. Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorised Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, Surface, Xbox and various accessories and services such as Office 365. In addition, general trade or multi-branded stores will be known as Microsoft Mobile Resellers.

Microsoft has continued its initiative to support non-Windows platforms. Support includes the release of OneNote for the Apple Watch, OneNote for Mac’s audio recording, support for Windows phone, Android phone and iPhone in the new Windows 10 Phone Companion app, the availability of Office Lens Android on Google Play Store as well as the expansion of cross-platform services through agreements with additional non-Microsoft device partners.

The company has produced a nine minute video that provides an early look at Office 2016 Public Preview for Windows desktop and phone.

For gamers Microsoft has released the Xbox One May System Update and includes voice messages and improvements to party chat.

Windows 10 will be released on 29 July. Microsoft has started rolling out an icon to “reserve” your free upgrade, which is the start of a campaign to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 within 3 years of its initial release. Microsoft has said that Azure AD support will be included in Windows 10 and that Microsoft Edge (the new browser) will support Dolby Audio.

Of interest, is the progress Microsoft Research has made in automatically creating captions for photographs using neural network technology.

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Apr 07

Microsoft releases Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones

Microsoft has made Office Lens available on the iPhone and Android phones. Office Lens is a capture app that provides scanning capabilities and works with OneNote. The app crops, enhances and saves pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes to OneNote.

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Feb 20

Microsoft announces handwriting in OneNote for iPad and OCR on all devices

Microsoft has introduced improvements for capturing content into OneNote that includes handwriting in OneNote for iPad and the addition of optical character recognition (OCR), which enables text search within all images that are added to notebooks saved on OneDrive. OCR works with any version of OneNote, from Windows Phone to Mac and OneNote Online.

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Oct 30

Microsoft releases update for OneNote on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Microsoft has released an update for OneNote on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Changes include adding files from a cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad (iOS 8 required); managing section passwords and Touch ID unlocking (iOS 8 required); moving and rearranging pages on your iPhone; and opening SharePoint Server notebooks in OneNote for Mac, iPhone, or iPad (eligible Office 365 subscription required).

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