Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, center, poses with GitHub cofounders Chris Wanstrath (left) and Tom Preston-Werner (Right). Microsoft Microsoft's $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub isn't sitting well with a vocal subset of developers. GitHub is the center of open source software development — but Microsoft spent the Steve Ballmer years competing fiercely with open source, and many have never forgiven it. Some GitHub competitors say they are already seeing a rush of renewed interests in their platforms. Still, Microsoft has made a serious commitment to open source, and CEO Satya Nadella has urged the GitHub community to give the company a chance. When it comes to the $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella urged software developers to "judge us by the actions we have taken in the recent past, our actions today and in the future." From Microsoft's perspective, and Nadella's, GitHub fits right in to the master plan: The company has … [Read more...] about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s master plan is about to be put to a $7.5 billion test
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Word processors are ubiquitous in schools, workplaces, and universities, but paying for an Office 365 subscription can add up over time. Merge Word costs the same as one month of Office 365, and you get to keep it for life. In this review I took a look at Merge Word through the lens of it could replace Microsoft Word in an everyday workflow. I came away impressed by Merge Word which packs a lot of bang for its buck, though there are some downsides. The app is available for $9.99 on Windows 10. See at Microsoft Store A familiar interface At first glance, Merge Word will feel extremely familiar to anyone who has used Microsoft Word. In fact, even on further inspection, you could probably fool someone into thinking it was Microsoft Word. It has a familiar ribbon design, page layout, and set of features. It even has various themes that you can switch between including older versions of Office and some attractive dark modes. Merge Word covers all the basic word processing tools such as … [Read more...] about Can Merge Word replace Microsoft Word for only $10?
May 20, 9:48 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Mike Luces 05/20/18 AT 8:27 PM Microsoft’s new gaming console controller does not look like the previous Xbox One controller. Heck, it does not even look like any other video game controllers out on the market. But there’s a good explanation why Microsoft designed its Adaptive Controller the way it looks now.Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller is targeted at a market comprising people with disabilities. People who can’t use the regular Xbox One controller for reasons pertaining to their physical limitations will find Microsoft’s new controller the perfect peripheral for their gaming sessions.The motivation that drove Microsoft and partner AbleGamers to come up with the Adaptive Controller has to do with the demand for a peripheral that offers the right user experience at a price point that’s not going to break the bank. … [Read more...] about Why Does Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller Look Nothing Like Standard Controllers?
Microsoft Word for Android has become the first app offered up by Microsoft since Skype to have been installed over 500 million times. That tops other Microsoft apps for Android such as the Excel spreadsheet, the Outlook email consolidator and the OneNote digital note taker (more than 100 million installations each). While many of the features that a casual Word user would need are free, you do need a subscription to Office 365 for the full Word experience.A Subscription to Office 365 for personal use is $69.99 for a year, or $6.99 a month. The whole house (up to 5 users) can be hooked up for $99.99 a year, or $9.99 a month. With the subscription, you get full versions of apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher (PC only) and Access (PC only). As far as Word for Android is concerned, signing up with Office 365 will allow you to use these features:Track and review changes Change page orientation Insert page and section breaks Highlight table cells with … [Read more...] about Microsoft Word for Android is Redmond’s first app since Skype to hit half a billion installations
The year was 1998. Bill Clinton was president, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” was a hot new beat, and Microsoft – or, should I say, Micro$oft – was embroiled in an anti-trust battle. Though the company would eventually win on appeal, the lawsuit manifest what many people already felt. Microsoft was a bully, ready to use any means necessary to squash even the smallest challenger. Fast forward to 2018, though, and the script has flipped. While Google and Facebook wallow through scandals, Microsoft has kept itself wide of trouble. The company is a champion of open-source software, and a defender of customer data. It’s a dramatic reversal of fortune, but it’s one Microsoft has worked hard to deserve. Open-source, open arms Microsoft has long approached developers with open arms. The dominance of Windows was built on developers, who designed a wide variety of apps for the operating system and, in doing so, cemented it as the go-to OS everyone wanted to … [Read more...] about From evil empire to role model, Microsoft builds its claim to the high ground
Word for Mac now uses neural machine translation to convert text between 11 different languages. This AI system is intended to produce more accurate results. Microsoft is working on Office 2019 for macOS, but that won’t be out until later this year. official blog post from the company also said it expanded access to the iPad and iPhone versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote to subscribers of Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 F1, and Office 365 E1. The full versions of these iOS applications are already available to other Office 365 subscribers. And there’s more good news for iPad and iPhone users. Microsoft announced that the Outlook app allows you continue drafting emails in Outlook for iOS that were initially started on other devices. This feature will be available in May. There’s also a new organization view in this app that can display an employee’s manager, direct reports, and coworkers. Microsoft built in some AI to show … [Read more...] about AI improves Microsoft Word for Mac in Office 365
Starting next week, Microsoft will begin rolling out a brand new feature update for Windows 10. Dubbed the "April 2018 Update," (or Version 1803 for short,) this release is the fifth major feature update to Windows 10 since its original debut in July 2015. Microsoft has committed to releasing two feature updates every year, and Version 1803 is the first for 2018. This release brings with it new features and refinements, but unlike previous releases, this one focuses more on the refinements and less on the new features. While that may sound like a bad thing on the outside, this makes for a far more 'well-rounded' release that's one of the better Windows 10 updates as of late. There aren't so many new blockbuster features shouting in your face; instead, Microsoft has focused on continuing to modernize the OS, make things work better, and improve on things that were broken or redundant. So, without further ado. This is our full Windows 10 April Update review. Reading not your thing? … [Read more...] about Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: It’s about the little things
What's new with Microsoft Office? Check back here for the latest updates in Office news. April 10, 2018 - Update brings compatibility with the Files app to Microsoft Office for iOS Yesterday, Microsoft updated its Office suite of apps for iOS, bringing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all up to version 2.12. Though Microsoft didn't release detailed update notes, a report by Ryan Christoffel at MacStories revealed that Twitter user Teddy Svoronos discovered an option that allows users to open their documents from their native Files app directly into the Office app of their choice. @viticci @johnvoorhees Also big huge great wonderful Office update today. Can open directly from Files now. pic.twitter.com/FiCQjxdqIE— Teddy Svoronos (@tedsvo) April 9, 2018 According to Christoffel, this feature replaces the previous "Copy to" feature, streamlining the process of opening a document in any of Microsoft's Office apps. Regardless, this is a major overall improvement for Office apps, and … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office: Everything you need to know
Microsoft released a new build to Fast ring members of the Windows Insider Program. Preview Build 17634 boasts the usual bug fixes, performance improvements, and new issues as other pre-release software, but it also expands Windows' search and Cortana Show Me tools. The first new feature of Preview Build 17634 is the addition of search tools to Windows 10's native Calendar app. This expansion will allow you to "find past or future events by searching for the name, location, people included or words in the event body," Microsoft said in its blog post. Events featuring those terms will be highlighted in the Calendar, while unrelated entries will be greyed out. The feature is currently limited to Microsoft's Outlook, Hotmail, Live, and Office 365 services--anyone who uses Gmail, Yahoo, or Exchange Server calendars is going to miss out. Preview Build 17634's other headlining feature is the addition of voice controls to Cortana Show Me, which debuted with one of last week's preview builds. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Expands Search, ‘Cortana Show Me’ With Preview Build 17634
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform may effectively be dead at this point, but don't despair: You can still get a fantastic Microsoft experience on your mobile device. You just have to look to an unlikely bedfellow. With Windows Phone (a.k.a. Windows 10 Mobile) out of the picture, Microsoft is devoting an ever-increasing amount of energy to creating its own mini-platform within Google's Android ecosystem. And given Android's immense flexibility and customization potential, that opens the door to some pretty compelling possibilities. With the right set of apps, in fact, you can basically create a Windows-centric environment on any Android device — with everything from the services you adore to the phone-to-PC harmony you crave. Here are the ingredients and the steps to get started. Home screen The core of your Android setup is your home screen — and the app that'll turn it into a hub for your Microsoft-Android experience is the aptly named Microsoft Launcher. On the … [Read more...] about How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android