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OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

The importance of Office 2013 to Microsoft's bottom line can't be understated, and yet the company faces no small amount of ridicule amid questions of whether the productivity suite is "relevant" any longer. With Windows 8 fast approaching, and long-standing arguments over whether tablets are for content creation or merely consumption, Office or its Metro-styled MX variant for Windows RT slates hasn't necessarily proved the selling point Microsoft may have hoped it might. The company already has that wildcard, though, and it's been fermenting away under Microsoft's nose for a decade.

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Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Two mystery Mondays in a row: after Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote last week, now here comes Microsoft with a surprise announcement of its own, believed by many to have a tablet at its core. Speculation about a new Microsoft-branded device - or devices - has resurfaced over the past week, though as before it's a haze of rumor around a few nuggets of "trusted source" insistence. Partnerships with Barnes & Noble, the spread of Xbox LIVE, or even a gauntlet thrown down to Microsoft's own OEM partners: one thing most agree on is that it's a new slate in the offing, but that leaves plenty of angles Microsoft could take.

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Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Digital notetaking and collaboration app Taposé has finally been allowed into the iPad App Store, recreating some of Microsoft's ill-fated Courier concept on Apple's tablet. The $2.99 app promises to make journaling and webpage snipping straightforward, with a twin-pane layout for dragging live content between the web and a notebook, along with sketching, mark-up and other tools. Meanwhile a cloud storage system keeps notes updated - with export options to send them over to Evernote and Dropbox - and allows for collaborative work between multiple remote users.

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Microsoft OneNote for Android takes on Evernote

Microsoft OneNote for Android takes on Evernote

Microsoft has brought its OneNote digital notetaking app to Android, the latest cross-platform push from the Windows company as its software teams spread their wares beyond their own PC, gaming and mobility devices. A free download from the Android Market, OneNote allows you to create text and image notes and sync them across to the full Office 2010 version as well as the web-based viewer using SkyDrive storage.

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Bill Gates stuck knife in Courier tablet tip insiders

Bill Gates stuck knife in Courier tablet tip insiders

Microsoft's Courier project died in no small part because Bill Gates feared it would cost the company in Outlook sales, despite the content-creation device being only months from a potential launch. According to new leaks about the dual-screen tablet, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called company founder Gates in to meet with the Windows 8 and Courier teams, to help decide which of the two competing tablet strategies would be pursued. Gates, always a fan of anything that supported Microsot's Exchange/Windows app ecosystem, grew wary of Courier project lead J Allard's apparent unconcern with the status quo, CNET reports, and recommended to Ballmer that Windows 8 form the centerpiece of the tablet drive.

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Microsoft Adaptive Keyboard Concept Looks Amazing, Won’t be a Real Product

Microsoft Adaptive Keyboard Concept Looks Amazing, Won’t be a Real Product

Over the course of the last few months, it's become pretty relevant that Microsoft makes cool concepts, but that tends to be as far as it goes. It happened with the Courier, and now it's happening with this amazing looking Adaptive Keyboard. It was shown off at this year's UIST Student Innovation Contest, and it has us wishing more and more that every concept became a reality.

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Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft's Menlo "frankenOS", said to be an attempt by the company to develop a new mobile platform, has birthed its first prototype, with the suitably hacked-together device you see here being included as part of a new Microsoft Research publication.  According to "User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices" [PDF link], the test hardware "is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1-inch diagonal, 800x480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer)."

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Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Put the promo shots of the new Toshiba Libretto W100 next to the leaked renders of Microsoft's Courier project and you'd be forgiven for assuming one is the production version of the other.  When I talked to Toshiba late last week at a preview for the new Libretto, however, they were keen to distance their new gadget from what was described by one team member as "only ever a design study".  Of course, two screens and a finger-friendly interface mean the product and the project will inevitably be compared, so just how well does the Libretto W100 live up to the Courier promise, and - more importantly perhaps - where does it most significantly fall short?

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Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Microsoft Menlo mobile OS tipped to replace CE: “frankenOS” for cross-platform compatibility

Windows CE isn't exactly the most popular of mobile platforms, but it's still reasonably common to find it hiding underneath the custom UI of various MIDs, PMPs and other devices, not to mention Microsoft's own Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 and Zune OSes.  Now, Microsoft are apparently looking at replacing CE with a new platform, codenamed Microsoft Menlo, which combines Windows NT for mobile devices with a new "Experiment 19" graphics platform.  According to Mary Jo Foley's digging, the project is being led by Galen Hunt, who's also responsible for Microsoft'a Singularity work.

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Gates: “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects”

Gates: “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects”

Apple's iPad may be an early sales success, but it's still polarising opinion between those for whom fingers are the be-all and end-all, and those who prefer the precision of stylus input.  Nobody represents that split better than Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; the Apple CEO recently said that if users had to reach for a stylus then a touchscreen device was a failure, while the Microsoft chairman has described the iPad as "a nice reader" but reiterated his preference for a "mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard."  It seems he's not alone in that; according to a recent Gates interview, he revealed that Microsoft "has a lot of different tablet projects" including prioritising content creation rather than consumption.

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