MICROSOFT HAS been flexing its self-righteous chops again, this time over the default mail client in Windows 10. Windows Mail (the successor to Outlook Express) has long been a bug-bear for many. It offers fewer options than its predecessor and if the internet forums are to be believed (and when have they ever lied to us) it has a nasty habit of… well… not working. Now it appears that Microsoft wants to smear excrement in the wound by adding an advert for Office 365 (you know, the paid for option) within Mail, in a way that is actually quite tricky to get rid of. It's not the first time Microsoft has tried this trick. The brief ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing' edition offered a stunted version of Office with adverts (usually for upgrades). But that was slightly different - with that, you bought it knowing that was the deal as part of an OEM offering. With this, Microsoft has taken a core piece of the bundled operating system, which you've already paid for - regardless of if … [Read more...] about Windows Mail has started nagging some users to upgrade to Office 365
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Microsoft today announced a new batch of security features are coming to Office 265 Home and Personal subscribers. Most notable among the new features is the addition of Files Restore for OneDrive, but there are some other important features hitting Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel as well. Files Restore was initially made available to OneDrive for Business users in January, and now it's rolling out Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers. The feature operates a a self-service recovery solution, allowing users to recover files to any point within the last 30 days. " You can use this feature to recover from an accidental mass delete, file corruption, ransomware, or another catastrophic event," Microsoft says. Additionally, Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers are getting access to a new ransomware detection and recovery feature. If Office 365 detects a ransomware attack, it will now alert users through an email, mobile, or desktop notification. Users will then be guided … [Read more...] about OneDrive Files Restore, ransomware detection rolling out to Office 365
That's the latest topic of discussion in the Windows Central Forums and it raises an interesting question. After all, many of the benefits to Office 365 are the same whether you're getting it through work or your own subscription. The point to consider is what you use most in Office 365, and whether or not it's just you using it. Office 365 Home allows you to set up a single subscription that will allow everyone in your household access to the Office apps and the added benefits such as the 1TB of OneDrive storage. If it's only you using Office in your household, your work account will probably suffice, likewise if you're not using the cloud benefits or need access on additional mobile devices. The important thing to remember with a corporate account though is it's not yours. If you leave your job anything you have stored there could disappear. More: Office 365 vs. Office 2016: Which suite is best for students? It's an interesting conundrum, though. Office 365 is great value and it … [Read more...] about Chime in: If you have Office 365 at work, should you bother paying for a personal account?
When Office 365 is commercially released, beta accounts will be activated to trial versions, and you can easily continue using Office 365 beyond the 30-day trial period if you choose to purchase. Is the Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta right for your organization? For an optimal Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta experience, please evaluate the system requirements to ensure that you understand the Office 365 (Plan P1) Beta program: During the beta, there is a 25 user limit per account. You will be able to get access to community-assisted support on our Office 365 Community site. Learn more about the essential and recommended system requirements. When Office 365 is generally available, your Office 365 Beta account automatically activates into trial status. All of your data will be preserved. You have 30 days from trial activation to decide if you would like to purchase. Does your business need the Office 365 Beta for enterprises? Please join the Office 365 Beta for enterprises if you have more than … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office 365 Public Beta
Microsoft Office may be the de facto productivity tool for millions of workers worldwide, but it's no monolith. Rather than a single, towering smooth-black Office, there's a whole Stonehenge of options: Office on the iPhone, on iPad, Office on Android smartphones, Office on personal computers, Windows and macOS, Office with a handful of applications, Office with fistfuls'.But when you get down to it, there are really only two kinds of Office. One, which most label Office 2016, is the stand-alone suite that traces its roots back to the last century. (Its successor is Office 2019.) The other, Office 365, is the subscription service that debuted in 2011.How they differ can be confusing, especially since each includes, more or less, the same applications. Here are three top ways to tell these tools apart, and a look at what's coming, based on Microsoft's recently announced new support policies for the upcoming Office 2019, as well as Office 365, down the road.Of the differences between … [Read more...] about What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2016, Office 2019 and Office 365?
Beginning in February, Microsoft plans to offer a new feature for young students: Immersive Reader dictation, a new feature within Office 365 apps for Windows and the Mac. As a parent of two elementary school students, though, I'm concerned this feature will be an unwelcome crutch.It's not just on Windows, either. Microsoft is pushing dictation onto Word for Mac, iPhone, Outlook Desktop, OneNote iPad, and OneNote Mac.Even though I write about technology for a living, I’m sort of feeling my way through applying it toward parenting. Is a smart speaker an annoyance or a learning aid? Do I need to place hardwired parental controls on my kids’ screen time, or can I just check up on them? And when do I need to have “the talk” about using the computer to solve problems that my kids are struggling with? For example, my oldest is currently writing three collaborative stories, for fun, using Google Apps’ similar dictation feature. (Immersive Reader is … [Read more...] about Why parents should worry about Office 365’s Immersive Reader dictation feature for students
Microsoft today unveiled new Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at $189, aimed at the education market. The company also announced new Office 365 learning tools for students. The news mirrors Microsoft’s firstline workers push in September, which saw new Windows 10 S devices starting at $275. The company is now simply doing the same as part of its latest EDU push, and it’s not mincing words when it comes to explaining its target audience: “schools who don’t want to compromise on Chromebooks.” Above: Lenovo 100e In fact, Microsoft’s pitch is all about not compromising: Affordability is the top priority for many schools. Shrinking budgets can lead schools to choose devices with a stripped-down experience and a limited lifespan, unfortunately costing more over time and offering less to students. Microsoft unveiled four new Windows 10 devices that are all supposed to offer more than Chrome OS. Two are standard laptops: the Lenovo 100e … [Read more...] about Microsoft unveils Windows 10 S laptops starting at $189 and new Office 365 tools for students
Although enterprise subscribers to Office 365 typically use a large number of the in-the-cloud-and-on-premises suite's components, only two – email and the Office applications – provide significant value, a recently-released survey showed. The disconnect between usage and value was portrayed by research firm Gartner, which in mid-2017 polled more than 160 IT professionals to collect opinions on Office 365 in the enterprise. "There's a baseline of value to switching to the cloud, especially if things were expensive to manage [on premises]," said Craig Roth, a Gartner research vice president and the author of a report capitalizing on the survey. "But the real value comes when you start changing your work processes to take advantage [of Office 365] to its full extent." In his report, How to Work With (or Compete Against) Microsoft Office 365, Roth reported that companies were widely using more than just the Office ProPlus applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like - … [Read more...] about Office 365: Enterprise usage doesn’t translate into enterprise value
Microsoft’s group chat tool, Teams, may have garnered more attention when it launched last year, leaving Planner – aimed at helping teams coordinate projects, share files and work more effectively – largely in the shadows. Billed as a lightweight, collaborative and highly visual task management tool, Planner is positioned as a rival to the popular Trello (just as Microsoft’s Teams is seen as its answer to Slack). But in a crowded collaboration field, Planner also matches up against tools like as Asana and Smartsheet, which offer alternatives to more complex project management applications. “Microsoft saw the collaboration market heating up, and responded with, in part, Microsoft Planner and a solid revamp of Microsoft Teams,” said IDC research director Wayne Kurtzman. Planner and Teams are relatively new in comparison with more established collaboration tools, he said, but Microsoft has “aggressive plans” to compete with the growing and … [Read more...] about Microsoft Planner: A Trello rival benefits from Office 365 integration
This week's episode of Salted Hash is a personal one, as we're taking a look at some Office 365 phishing emails that have targeted staffers at CSO Online and CIO.com. The attempts themselves are really low quality, but they work. We've covered this topic a lot this quarter and since we've gotten questions, it's clear some of you want to keep abreast of the situation.This episode was filmed in late October. Since that time, there have been additional Office 365 phishing attempts, but they have started to slow down. This is a good thing, but it doesn't mean the problem is going away. Instead, it's more likely the unresponsive addresses are being purged as criminals adjust their delivery tactics.When phishing emails arrive at CSO or CIO, the first thing that stands out is the fact that they're coming from a domain (usually a business) with a good reputation. This helps avoid email filters, and in some cases added legitimacy to the campaign itself. However, most of the attempts seen by … [Read more...] about Salted Hash Ep 10: Office 365 phishing examples, the bad and the ugly