What’s New for the Week of November 4th, 2013?

What’s New for the Week of November 4th, 2013?

What’s New for the Week of November 4th, 2013?
We’ve seen quite a bit of news this week coming out of Microsoft. In case you have missed it all, we have compiled some of the major stories to keep you up-to-date.We know Steve Ballmer is stepping down as CEO of Microsoft and the search has been going on for a replacement. Reports are now saying that the list of potentials has been narrowed from 40 to 5. Notable names are Alan Mulally, Stephen Elop and Satya Nadella. (http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/report-microsoft-ceo-search-narrowed)

Anyone looking forward to Microsoft Office apps on the iPad (or Android) will have to continue to wait. It seems that finishing work on Office Touch for Windows RT is taking the front seat. On one hand it makes sense for them to make a solid product for their own platform first, but with iWork now free from Apple, Microsoft should go ahead and release app for other platforms if they are finished instead of hanging onto them until later next year. (http://www.zdnet.com/why-is-microsofts-office-for-ipad-taking-so-long-7000022754/)

Windows 8.1 is now available for non-profits to purchase at a deep discount through techsoup.org. In case you know of a school, church or library that has been dying to jump to Windows 8.1, send them the link to sign up. (http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftupblog/archive/2013/11/05/windows-8-1-now-available-for-nonprofits.aspx)

If, on the other hand, organizations are sticking with Windows 7, they can still try out Internet Explorer 11. Though it has some performance benefits over previous versions, there are certainly some trade-offs in upgrading. Microsoft has, smartly, also released a tool for admins to block the automatic installation of IE 11 on Windows 7 machines. (http://winsupersite.com/windows-7/microsoft-releases-internet-explorer-11-windows-7)

Office 365 has had a big announcement this week by adding Yammer for free to all Enterprise level customers. Yammer was purchased last year for just over one billion dollars by Microsoft and they have been working to integrate its social features into this platform. Yammer is designed to be your company’s internal social network. (http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2013/11/06/getting-it-done-with-social-yammer-introduces-new-features-expands-to-all-office-365-enterprise-customers.aspx)

The last bit of Microsoft news is that co-authoring is now available within Office Web Apps. Office Web Apps has been one of the best free alternatives to purchasing Microsoft Office products. Freely available on the web, you can create, edit and share documents and store them in your Skydrive. Now you are able to share a document and work on it with others in real-time, seeing where they are making edits in the document. (http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/11/06/collaboration-just-got-easier-real-time-co-authoring-now-available-in-microsoft-office-web-apps.aspx)

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