Microsoft execs have been consistently noncommittal when asked whether they will introduce a version of Office for the iPad, Android tablets and phones, and various other devices. I'd bet there are internal wars of words (and more) inside Redmond's hallowed halls as to whether doing so would hurt or help more, in terms of boosting Microsoft's bottom line and its customer base. … [Read more...] about Office for the iPad? Or are Office Web Apps good enough?
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As part of my job as a full-time Microsoft watcher, I get a lot of tips about Microsoft from customers, competitors, partners and even Softies themselves. However, ever since I worked for PCWeek more than 15 years ago, I had it drilled into my head that until I could get three independent sources -- none of whom was repeating something s/he heard in an echo chamber -- to … [Read more...] about (Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Facebook’s new e-mail to feature Office Web Apps integration
Building a smartphone app - should your developers be going HTML5 or native? HTML5: The future of mobile apps?Photo: W3C If your organisation is still getting to grips with smartphone apps it may be in for a shock - an even newer class of app is bearing down, one which promises to cut multi-platform development hassles and hurdle compatibility issues. Say hello to the HTML5 … [Read more...] about Should your next mobile app be an HTML5 web app?
Even though Microsoft officials said earlier this year they planned to keep the coming Office Next/Office 2013 deliverables -- the clients, the servers and the services -- in lockstep, it seems some components are arriving earlier than others. The new release of Office Web Apps will be rolling out to current Office 365 customers near the end of this month, Microsoft officials … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new Office Web Apps to roll out to Office 365 users in late October
A Web and app designer has stolen a page out of Microsoft's own playbook in urging users to abandon three of the company's four newest browsers because Microsoft is "standing in the way" of progress.Josef Richter, formerly a website designer who now works primarily on iPhone app design, registered a quartet of domains two years ago -- including theie8countdown.com -- just a day … [Read more...] about App Designer Turns Microsoft’s Own ‘Kill IE6’ Campaign Against IE8, IE9
There is currently a huge disconnect between the needs of Web applications and the frameworks that support them. Admittedly, we have come a long, long way from the days of CGI, but we still have a long way to go. I am not quite ready to say that we need a new language aimed at Web development.I think that the problems are not any more language specific than any other … [Read more...] about It is time for better Web frameworks
Persistent "Holy Grails" in the world of computing are the various methods of abstracting the presentation layer of applications. The current incarnation of this tendency has the HTTP network protocol as the common theme. Let's take a look at this history and see what the chances are that the current generation will have to replace current Web application and native application … [Read more...] about Can presentation layer abstraction ever replace desktop and Web apps?
As Web applications and Web pages quickly become the dominant computing paradigm, one thing has become a giant stick in the eye: different Web browsers simply work differently. One can decry this all they want, but the various Web standards leave enough room for interpretation (often on purpose) for browsers to do things differently, especially as you switch from one form … [Read more...] about Tips on cross browser Web testing
PhotosPhotos is a hub where you can view your photographs from multiple sources, such as SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr. Your local Pictures library will have a default Camera Roll folder that will contain any pictures or videos you take with the Surface tablet, and a Screenshots folder for any captured screens. To take a screenshot, hold down the Windows button and press the … [Read more...] about Using Multimedia, Maps, and Skydrive apps in Windows RT
Not everyone is a fan of Apple' Safari browser. And, for a few, Google's Chrome browser offers more functionality and a pool of apps. Google knows this, and today the company is launching Chrome apps for Mac. Users may now access apps on their Mac as if they were native software. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock You may even opt to install the … [Read more...] about Chrome Apps Now Available For The Mac