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Microsoft clarifies Office landscape, free for mobile

Microsoft clarifies Office landscape, free for mobile

Remember the days when Microsoft was derided for having half a dozen editions to choose from, much to the exasperation of many consumers. While Redmond has now tried to streamline things a bit, rallying behind the single "Windows 10" banner, it seems that bad habits are really that hard to break. Especially when it comes to its Office suite. Microsoft's incursion into mobile, and not just on its own platform, has required a slight shift in its business model. In order to prepare consumers for the storm ahead, Microsoft is trying to give some tidbits on how it plans to move forward, across all the devices, platforms, and user categories they now cover.

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Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

If you're anything of an open source (or free and open source) software advocate, chances are you are well familiar with the attempts to produce a productivity suite to rival and replace Microsoft Office. It has been a long and rather uphill journey, though with relative success in some some quarters. But with Microsoft now spreading its wings to other platforms, particularly mobile and the Web, the battleground has also changed drastically. Already four years in the making, an online version of the LibreOffice suite might soon become reality if this new partnership between companies really bear fruit.

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“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

The absence of a Surface 3 when the Surface Pro 3 launched was already quite indicative of Microsoft's attitude towards the red-headed stepchild that is Windows RT. The death of any rumors or news about a so called Surface Mini further intensified such musings. Microsoft practically laid Windows RT to rest when it acknowledged there won't be an upgrade path to Windows 10 for the mobile platform. Now rumors of a Surface 2 successor are surfacing and, if the they are true, it would pretty much be the nail in RT's coffin.

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Xbox One scores Rosetta Stone language app

Xbox One scores Rosetta Stone language app

Your Xbox One is already used for gaming, watching movies, and other assorted activities, and now it can be used to brush up on your language skills...at least if those language skills requiring learning English or Spanish. This is made possible through Rosetta Stone, which has announced the launch of an Xbox One app that teaches the languages through a sort of simulated immersion environment, much like what you would get traveling to a region that spoke the language.

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Windows 10 tipped to support 8K resolution

Windows 10 tipped to support 8K resolution

Most of us still have 1080p TVs and computer monitors in our homes and have yet to step up to a 4K TV or monitor. Many are holding off on stepping up to higher resolution screens until the prices come down. Word has surfaced that when Windows 10 launches, Microsoft's operating system will be ready for displaying content at higher resolution than 4K.

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IE 11 will not be able to use Project Spartan engine

IE 11 will not be able to use Project Spartan engine

This probably comes as a shock to no one, but Microsoft is truly putting the infamous yet still widely used Internet Explorer to rest. We all expected that when Microsoft formally acknowledged the Project Spartan web browser, but now it is making that even more formal as well as technical. While Windows 10 will still ship with both the Spartan browser and Internet Explorer 11, it will draw a hard line between the two in terms of browser engines, with Spartan exclusively using the new "Edge" engine, leaving IE to become legacy.

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Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Today, Microsoft is announcing Azure App Service, which brings together a few of their Azure services under one umbrella offering. Now, Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services will simply be known as Azure App Service, with one central location in the cloud. The aim is to make using Azure easier for Developers, who can now look to one central spot for all their deployment needs. It also satisfies Microsoft’s ‘write once and deploy everywhere’ goal of late.

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Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

It's about to get easier to work from anywhere. Cloud computing helps, but it's only a small part of the big picture when it comes to effectively working from anywhere. To truly be untethered from the office chair, the same productivity programs like Word and Excel are needed on tablets and smartphones. We're in luck because soon all of the Microsoft productivity services like Microsoft Office and OneDrive will be pre-installed on Samsung's Android devices, making it that much easier to take your work with you wherever you go.

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Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Last week has seen a lot Windows 10 goodies drop on our laps, but if you're more of a Windows Phone kind of guy, there's still something for you. The information, though, doesn't come from Microsoft's presentation in China, so take it with a grain of salt. But if the leak is the real thing, then Windows Phone users will be greeting some new abilities on their devices, thanks to Windows 10 for Phones' support for a broader range of sensors as well as for a new Activity Tracking framework.

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Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

Windows 10 might not peacefully coexist with other OS

It seems that Microsoft is developing a pattern lately. After a flood of good news comes the fine print and some sad, if not worrying, follow ups. First it was the speculation that the lure of a free Windows 10 upgrade for pirated copies of Windows might not be so sweet after all. Now it seems that Microsoft will potentially ostracize another group of computer users: those who dual boot operating systems. Slides from its presentation in China seem to hint that Microsoft won't block OEM's from prohibiting users from disabling secure boot.

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