Microsoft has announced a fairly substantial shake up of their online services. What we have known to be Office 365 is now becoming Microsoft 365. For a couple of years now, Microsoft 365 has been offered for business customers, essentially covering Windows and Office desktop licensing for users, as well as...
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    Microsoft’s Partner Conference is going on right now and during the keynote, they showed off a new preview service called PowerApps. This comes as part of the Office 365 suit of applications and services from Microsoft. PowerApps is like the Yahoo Pipes of 2016, allowing you to connect disparate data sources...
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    Microsoft’s Technology and Research division have made their first acquision, SwiftKey. The company is best known for their Android and iOS apps, which have amassed hundreds of millions of users. When the news first broke, many failed to understand why Microsoft would by a 3rd party keyboard app. Microsoft...
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    Microsoft OneDrive is a hot mess on Windows 10

    Microsoft’s OneDrive has been built into Windows since Windows 8, back in 2012. By the time Windows 8.1 rolled around, Microsoft made it the default storage location to make sure your files were synced to the cloud and available from any device. What was a fantastic feature a few...
  • Microsoft Research create RoomAlive because video conferencing has failed

    Despite almost every new digital device (phones, tablets, laptops) shipping with cameras, the number of times you video call someone is still tiny in 2016. Part of the reason is that you can call from locations, like home, where you don’t have your game face on. Another common reason...
  • Microsoft opens Sydney store to much fanfare

    At midday today Microsoft officially opened it’s first retail store outside of North America in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall. The countdown began with an expected “Windows 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…” and the curtain dropped on the two-level brightly lit store in the centre...
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    Microsoft just opened a retail store in Sydney

    Microsoft have just opened their first retail store outside North America. The store is located in Sydney, at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall. The retail store offers Microsoft customers (both software and hardware) the opportunity to experience the best of Microsoft before making their buying decisions. Not only...
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    Halo 5: Guardians blasts through $400 million in 1 week

    It’s Microsoft’s biggest franchise on the Xbox and Halo 5 has more than lived up to expectations. Just one week after launching worldwide, Halo 5: Guardians has become the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive game to date. A staggering $400 million in global sales includes both the game itself and and hardware. The...
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    Microsoft unveils new Lumia devices…

    Microsoft’s ‘#Windows10devices’ event has been garnering some genuine excitement and interest in the weeks leading up to it. It has been all but confirmed by, speaking loosely, everybody, that we were to expect new Lumia devices. And Microsoft delivered. Two new handsets, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, were given...
  • Meet the new SurfaceBook, Microsoft made their first laptop

    So there was a surprised us with a Surface laptop called the SurfaceBook. Meet the first laptop Microsoft has ever made. Wonder how their partners are feeling right about now? It has a bonkers hinge, unlike anything we’ve seen before. Microsoft says the typing on this is the best...
  • Microsoft announces Surface Pro 4, same size, larger screen

    Microsoft has just announced Surface Pro 4. The update brings a larger screen, 12.3” up from 12” but they’ve managed to fit in the form factor. Microsoft were limited in their ability to change the physical size of the device as they’d committed to stay with the dimensions for...
  • Microsoft Band 2 will add Cortana, coming Oct 30

    Microsoft just announced their 2nd generation wearable, Microsoft Band 2. It has a brand new curved display with Gorilla Glass 3. The Band will have apps for Starbucks, Twitter, Facebook, Uber, Subway and more. It has the same 10 sensors from the first generation, but this time they’ve added...
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    Windows 10 is running on 110 Million PCs

    Microsoft exec, Terry Myerson just announced that Windows 10 has not only passed the 100 Million install mark, but is now running on 110 Million PCs around the globe. This is an amazingly fast adoption rate, considering the official release was just released 10 weeks ago. This makes it...
  • HoloLens Development Edition coming Q1 2016 for $3,000

    At Microsoft’s devices event, the first device we seen was HoloLens. The big announces was that a development version is coming in the first quarter of 2016. Here’s the kicker, it’s $3,000. If you thought Google glass was expensive to try at $1,500, that was half. To help sell...
  • Microsoft confirms HoloLens will feature at tonight’s devices event

    Tonight Microsoft is holding a devices event in New York, where they’ll talk about a range of hardware products. One of the most hotly anticipated is HoloLens and given it’s been months since the announcement and news has been quiet since, we’re well overdue for some good news. Previously...
  • GIGJAM will be part of the Office Suite in 2016 and Gigjam is not just a codename

    Gigjam is one of the wildest things to come out of Microsoft in some time, HoloLens is the craziest. Microsoft has officially revealed that Gigjam will be the next product added to the Office productivity suite. The app allows users to feed it voice commands to surface data on...
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    Excel 2016 can easily interrogate the Facebook Graph API

    There’s a number of headline features in Office 2016 that we’ve covered in previous posts, but after spending some time with the latest release, there’s one in particular that is pretty hidden and pretty great. In Excel, users have been able to connect to data from multiple sources, but...
  • New features coming to Office every single month

    Office 2016 will officially be released tomorrow and according to Jared Spataro, the GM of Microsoft Office, this release will be “the most significant release in 30 years”. This isn’t immediately apparent given the relatively few changes to the UI, but Spataro says the underlying tech is something to...
  • It’s official: Surface Hub coming in January 2016, we go hands-on

    Microsoft’s big ass table is now a fully fledged interactive touchscreen with a Windows 10 PC inside. This device is unique in many ways. Before we get into that, we need to address the release date. Initially schedule for this year, not long after the Windows 10 launch on...
  • Unreleased Office Delve Dashboard shows your work/life balance

    This is what Delve looks like today, but coming soon (within the next six months), is an update to Delve that moves the service from being a personalised view of corporate documents, into a very useful analytics tool. Using the Office Graph (much like the Facebook Graph), the Office...
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    Cortana in Windows 10 is rolling out to Australia now

    Windows 10 shipped with one of it’s best features unavailable in Australia. Cortana voice integration delivers what you know and love from the voice assistant on your phone and more, to the desktop. Back in July, Microsoft announced they would ship to additional markets outside the US after the...

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