Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category
Yesterday at MWC Microsoft has announced the Universal Foldable Keyboard. My first though was: “Wow that keyboard looks like a small foldable Surface Type Cover”. The new keyboard is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth so their might be a chance to connect the new device to a Windows tablet too. The video and the photos show a MicroUSB port which should be used for charging. Battery lifetime and pricing was not announced yet.
Today at 8:30am CET Microsoft started their press conference from the Mobile World Congress 2015 at Barcelona. Stephen Elop and his Team presented two new Lumia devices, the 640 and the 640 XL. Two new affordable devices with interesting specs. Both devices are upgradable to Windows 10. And this was the most important part of the day for me. During the presentation they showed the new Windows 10 build on a Lumia 930 including the new Office apps for Windows 10. Outlook Touch looks the same, on the tablet and the phone. This is a great experience and I’m really looking forward to work with it.
Another cool fact today was the presentation of Surface Hub. Actually this was the first time Microsoft showed the new device in Europe.
Check the Lumia conversations @ Microsoft.com for more Details: http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/category/news/
Yesterday there was some exiting news: Microsoft released Office for the iPad! You can now use your well known Office suite on your mobile Apple device. You can download the apps from the Apple AppStore. For using Office on the iPad a Office 365 subscription is necessary. But with the subscription you can’t only use Office on the tablet, you can also use it on up to 5 devices in total including PC’s and Mac’s. By the way, like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, the Android phones and iPhone version is free!
Check the following blog article for more details.
Microsoft has released a new beta version of Project Siena yesterday. It comes with loads of new, very cool features. i.e.
- Social connections and instant communications
- Text to speech, translation, voice recognition
- Integration to SaaS
Please follow the link to the Siena blog to learn more.
Downloads and other information are available here: ProjectSiena
I work with OneNote for years now. If I remember correctly I’ve started to use it in 2003 or 2004. A great app which is now free, on every platform – including Mac. This is great as you can use it on a Windows PC, Tablet, Phone, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android devices and even on the web. The notes taken are always in sync.
Image source: Microsoft
A new article on virtualization.com refers to new reference architecture documents available from Microsoft. Both documents include a blueprint for a secure, multi-tenant desktop hosting infrastructure based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager. To learn more please visit virtualization.com or download the documents directly from the Microsoft website.
Microsoft has released the third update of the Lync client for Windows Phone and iOS on iPad and iPhone. The downloads are now available from the platforms app stores. The new update delivers two main improvements which includes the ability to join a Lync meeting without having a Lync account and and starting a unscheduled meeting with multiple participants from a mobile device. The Lync team had published a more detailed blog post with screenshots. Please follow the link to the official Lync blog.
There was some rumor over the last few months that Microsoft is going to acquire Nokia’s phone business but then in July the press said that Nokia has cancelled all discussions. So it was more surprising to me to hear this morning that Microsoft has acquired them. But what does that mean to End User Computing? Microsoft has their own tablet hardware (Surface) and now also the smartphones. A great strategy in my eyes.
If you want to learn more about the news, please visit the Microsoft Newsroom.