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Microsoft Product & Partner News
By SuperUser Account on 3/6/2012 12:24 PM
Microsoft is currently running a big discount on our Dynamics ERP software – up to 85% off – Five users for $3k. This is the one piece of software not available to Microsoft Partners for internal use unless you have a Dynamics ERP competency. If you are currently evaluating accounting software, or are struggling with QuickBooks, PeachTree or Deltek, now is the time to look at Microsoft Dynamics ERP. For more information on that promotion, visit the “Grow your Business” site.
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By SuperUser Account on 1/18/2012 9:03 AM
- Stephanie Condon
Having trouble using Wikipedia today? That's because the popular crowd-sourced online encyclopedia is participating in an "Internet blackout" in protest of two controversial anti-piracy bills: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
The bills are intended to strengthen protections against copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, but Internet advocates say they would stifle expression the World Wide Web. In essence, the legislation has pitted content providers -- like the music and film industries -- against Silicon Valley.
"It's not a battle of left versus right," said progressive activist Adam Green, whose organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday hosted a press conference with opponents of the bills. "Frankly, it's a battle of old versus new."
By SuperUser Account on 1/12/2012 11:26 AM
Photograph by Jeff Minton
They had his dining room waiting. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s (MSFT) chief executive and one of the richest men in the world, often eats privately at a Bellevue (Wash.) steakhouse whose name remains, at the behest of his security guards, a secret. Ballmer uses the room to break bread with prospective partners, employees, and, on one frigid Northwestern evening in November, a reporter. Although the room has enough space to host a small bar mitzvah, on this particular night, there’s only one table, graced with four meticulously presented settings and located center-floor, surrounded by empty space. It’s here that Ballmer, 55 and worth about $14 billion, wages a twin battle on the reigning conventional wisdom that discounts Microsoft’s role in the new digital landscape—and on a pork chop and accompanying wedge salad.
“Four years ago, you know, I can remember statistically when we would have looked far more like the overdog in everything,” he says. “Now we’ve got battles where we’re big and strong and powerful, and we’ve got battles where other guys are moving, and it’s fun to work both from the front of the pack and from the back of the pack sometimes. They’re different kinds of competition, but they both drive you, push you.”
By SuperUser Account on 1/10/2012 10:36 AM
Since I'll be heading off to Vegas in a few weeks to setup our booth at a tradeshow, I was blown away by this time lapse video of the production of the Microsoft booth at CES...... pretty incredible stuff....
By SuperUser Account on 1/6/2012 9:16 AM
By Fred Schruers at TheWrap
In the constant game of thrones that is the Silicon Valley tech giants’ battle for dominance, 2012 could be the year that Microsoft comes back from exile.
Having lost its beat about a decade ago, the software giant has more recently been plotting an aggressive grab for territory.
And it's getting back in the game with actual innovation.
Flush with capital from its steady core businesses of software and servers, the company has been quietly busy with research and development in recent months and years.
The results are showing.
>> Windows 8, expected to come out in February in beta, is meant to operate at the heart of a Microsoft-wide ecosystem, one that bids to challenge Apple’s intuitive array of linked devices and functions. In introducing 8 at a developer's conference in Anaheim in September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured) was expansive, promising, "If Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined, we're also in the process of re-imagining Microsoft."
>> The X Box 360’s upgrade, via an improved dashboard and the Kinect add-on, is ahead of the pack as a user-friendly voice- and gesture-controlled device and stoking enthusiasm not only among the early adopters and tech geek websites but on Wall Street. With its inviting user interface, it set a record for Black Friday weekend console sales.
By SuperUser Account on 1/6/2012 9:08 AM
By Preston Gralla
Barnes & Noble may be shopping its successful Nook business around not because the ereader is in trouble, but because it's become such a whopping success. Two potential suitors include Google and Microsoft -- and Google is clearly the better choice.
Yesterday Barnes & Noble reported its earnings, and company executives said that they are considering spinning off the Nook business, either entirely or in part.
There are two reasons for the possible spinoff. First is that the Nook business may be worth much more as an independent company or partially owned by Barnes & Noble. Second is that Barnes & Noble may find it hard to continue to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars annually required to continue to grow the Nook.
The New York Times notes that the NOOK has been able to gain almost 30% of the ereader market share in the two years since it was launched, despite the Kindle's head start. Doing that costs plenty of money; the Times notes that by one estimate Barnes & Noble spends between $200 and $250 million a year on the Nook.
By SuperUser Account on 1/6/2012 8:59 AM
ZoomSo far, we only know that the company is called Cocomo. There is no office yet, but just the note that he is hiring and that he won't be able to talk about the business "for some months". Ozzie indicated that the team includes people he worked with before. Boston.com reported that former Microsoft executives Matt Pope is a co-founder of Cocomo, and Ransom Richardson, another former Microsoft executive, joined the company as well.
There is a first public job posting that seeks a lead UX designer, for both smartphone and tablet iOS and Android platforms. The candidate the company would consider will have "had a minimum of several years of experience designing, building and delivering mobile apps on platforms such as iPhone,iPad, and Android." There are several notes that the individual will have to "understand and embrace the conceptual models, constraints and affordances of the mobile/social design environment", which would include "Email & SMS, Facebook, Google+, Twitter".
By SuperUser Account on 1/4/2012 9:30 AM
Mobile industry leaders are looking for big moves in 2012 from the Seattle area’s two technology heavyweights, taking the lead from a surge by Google’s Android operating system, according to a new survey from Issaquah, WA-based Chetan Sharma Consulting.
Sharma’s 2012 Mobile Industry Predictions Survey, compiled from about 150 responses through the consulting firm’s global mailing list of industry insiders, also predicts that mobile payments and commerce will remain a big focus for businesses and consumers alike, further roiling the waters for retailers.
When asked what the biggest storyline of 2012 would be, survey respondents put Amazon’s entry into mobile in second place, with a Microsoft and Nokia “resurgence” close behind in third (the top story was the continued growth of mobile data usage worldwide).
By SuperUser Account on 1/4/2012 9:22 AM
Have to edit a Word document? Poor baby. At least now you can do it on your iPad
Probably the biggest thing stopping many users from switching to the iPad full time is the lack of Microsoft Office on the tablet. It might be a bloated, slow, convoluted mess that makes you want to toss your computer out the window whenever you use it, but Office–and particularly Word– are pretty much mandatory for many jobs.
Enter CloudOn, a combination of app and web service, which lets you create and edit Office documents using your iPad. It works by running Office-compatible software on the CloudOn servers, meaning you need to be online to use it. But as the server-session uses a native app as a front-end, you open mail attachments, say, with the usual “Open with” service.
By SuperUser Account on 12/27/2011 11:11 AM
The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, which begins on January 9th, will be one of the largest trade shows ever, as start-ups and industry giants alike unveil their latest products in Las Vegas. As Venturebeat reported:
The biggest U.S. tech trade show (officially called the 2012 International CES) will draw an estimated 149,000 attendees to Las Vegas this year, about the same number as attended in January 2011 and not far from the record of 152,000 set in 2006. The big deal will be the Ultrabook, a full-fledged thin computer that turns on instantly.
By SuperUser Account on 12/27/2011 11:04 AM
When evaluating ERP software in the cloud there seem to be almost as many licensing options as there are ERP cloud providers. Be sure that you are comparing apples to apples when you evaluate your vendors. Services can be a key factor in your ERP implementation success, so define your requirements and explain your expectations clearly. Here are 3 tips to understand licensing costs for ERP software in the cloud:
1. What options do I have in licensing ERP software in the cloud? There are a number of ways that vendors are currently licensing cloud based ERP. With a subscription model, you pay a monthly fee — generally user based — for license to use the software. With a hosting model, you can own the software while the application is supported in a cloud environment.
2. Is the yearly maintenance fee included in the price? If you are paying a monthly subscription fee the maintenance, including upgrades and support, is generally included. If you own the software, as in a hosting model,...
By SuperUser Account on 12/12/2011 8:28 AM
By Vito Pilieci, Postmedia News
OTTAWA - Microsoft Corp. rolled out the new dashboard for its Xbox 360 console on Wednesday, bringing mainstream television programming to millions of Canadian Xbox owners.
The Microsoft logo is seen at the XBOX 360 booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. Microsoft Corp. has just rolled out the new dashboard for its Xbox 360 console.
The company, which has partnered with cable providers in other countries, announced Monday that the Rogers On Demand service, LeafsTV and DisneyXD will all be offering TV content to viewers through the Xbox 360 gaming console.
The initiative is another push by Microsoft to make the Xbox gaming console the heart of entertainment systems. The console has allowed users to play video games and DVDs since it was initially released in 2005.
It was updated early on to allow users to play music and movies stored on a nearby computer. In more recent years, Microsoft has added Facebook connectivity, Netflix and Internet radio to be streamed over the device. The announcement marks the first time the console has streamed TV shows from major networks and providers into the living rooms of Canadian consumers.
"It's been a passion in terms of how we've been evolving the Xbox platform," said Glenn Purkis, Microsoft Canada Xbox Live manager.
By SuperUser Account on 12/12/2011 8:20 AM
B2B and B2C ecommerce platform offers enhanced product configurator for ease of use and tighter integration with ERP and back-end systems
Minneapolis, MN., Dec. 7, 2011—Insite Software
, a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms and shipping solutions, today unveiled its latest release of InsiteCommerce. The ecommerce platform has been extended to provide many new capabilities to improve the platform’s integration with ERP or back-end systems and streamline how organizations manage their product information online. InsiteCommerce’s new standalone product configurator eases the detailed order entry process required by many manufacturers, distributors, and retailers while providing a robust and engaging ecommerce experience for their B2B and B2C customers.
“It is common for our ecommerce clients to want to customize product configurations on their ecommerce sites,” said Brian Strojny, CEO of Insite Software. “While this capability has been supported...
By SuperUser Account on 12/7/2011 2:13 PM
Microsoft has released new details on its Windows Store for Windows 8 -- no it's not called App Storea la Apple -- which will be its online storefront selling applications to run on Windows 8 laptops, desktops and tablets.
The Windows Store will sell "Metro-style" apps. Microsoft Metro is the design language of flat, actively updating "live tile" icons for apps that debuted last year on the Windows Phone 7 operating system, and is making its way over to the Xbox 360 video game system this week in a software update.
Most Windows 8 Metro apps available in the Windows Store should adhere to touch, stylus or keyboard and mouse input, since they'll have to run on traditional PCs and tablets as well.
Microsoft will also have a tiered system of what its cut of an apps revenue will be. Apple famously takes a 30% cut of revenue for all apps sold in its iOS App Store (for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch) and Mac App Store (for Mac computers).
Microsoft will take a similar 30% share of revenue for each app sold in its Windows Store, but once an app passes $25,000 in total revenue, the tech giant will drop its share down to 20% for the remainder of time that the app is sold, the company said in a statement.
By SuperUser Account on 12/5/2011 5:08 PM
|Kinect for Xbox 360 brings voice control to living room entertainment with update that launches Dec. 6.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 4, 2011 — A revolution is happening in the living room. Xbox 360 is transforming how you enjoy TV entertainment and is giving you the power to control it with your voice. The next generation of TV entertainment begins with the announcement by Microsoft Corp. of the launch of an all-new Xbox 360 experience including the first group of new, custom applications from world leading TV and entertainment content providers on Xbox LIVE.
“A new era in entertainment begins where all your entertainment is together in one place — your games, movies, TV shows, music and sports,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With this update, Xbox 360 system owners will experience Kinect voice control integrated with Bing search, making your TV and entertainment experiences more social and personal than ever.”
|The Evolution of Television and Entertainment
|A look at the rapid growth of television content, from the birth of television to current day. The infographic also depicts the evolution of how we find content on TV, from the first remote control in 1960 to finding content on Xbox 360 using voice recognition powered by Kinect and Bing.
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“Microsoft has just built and delivered it: A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search. This is now the benchmark against which all other living room initiatives should be compared,” said James McQuivey of Forrester Research in “Engaged TV: Xbox 360 Leads The Way To A New Video Product Experience,”* Sunday, Dec. 4. “…with more than 57 million people worldwide already sitting on a box that’s about to be upgraded for free, Microsoft has not only built the right experience, it has ensured that it will spread quickly and with devastating effect.”
You Say It, Xbox Finds It
How long does it take you to search and find your favorite movie or TV show? Do you find yourself searching hundreds of channels and multiple services and TV inputs? What if the entertainment you craved was simple, discoverable and exactly what you wanted at that particular moment?
Now, finding your favorite entertainment is easier than ever. Last year, Kinect for Xbox 360 revolutionized controller-free entertainment by letting you use your body and voice to play your favorite games and entertainment, turning you into the controller. The power of Kinect combined with the intelligence of Bing search is turning your voice into the ultimate remote control. With Bing on Xbox, you can use your voice to effortlessly find the games, movies, TV shows and music you want and discover the best offerings on Xbox LIVE, by simply saying what you’re searching for. You say it, Xbox finds it. Beginning tomorrow and over the coming weeks, Bing on Xbox voice search will initially be available in English in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for Zune video, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and select content partners. For those who do not have a Kinect for Xbox 360, text search will be available in Xbox LIVE markets.
By SuperUser Account on 11/10/2011 12:57 PM
There has been plenty of information and hype about cloud computing…with a strong shot of technical jargon thrown in. This straightforward white paper is intended to guide you, the CFO, to ask educated questions as you compare the potential benefits and risks of ERP/accounting software on premises versus in the cloud.
- Cloud Definitions
- Potential Benefits of Cloud ERP
- Common Concerns of Cloud ERP
- Compliance Considerations for Cloud ERP
- Licensing Questions for Cloud ERP
- Sample Cost Comparison for Cloud ERP
- Business Drivers and Deployment Options for Cloud ERP
- Microsoft Dynamics® ERP Solutions in the Cloud
- ERP Panel Papers Contributors
By SuperUser Account on 10/27/2011 11:27 AM
adaQuest introduces an internal enrichment program at no cost to clients
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 24, 2011
The first company to offer an innovative solution to the industry-wide shortage of experienced Localization Engineers, adaQuest, Inc. introduces an internal enrichment program at no cost to the client, which provides senior-quality engineers from a pool of available talent.
“Everyone is facing this issue; we are the only ones addressing it,” explains Hiram Machado, CEO and Co-Founder of adaQuest. “Our clients are in need of this expertise. They address that need by coming to companies like us. Most companies have to pass on engineers that are not up to the bar, because that is what is available, but we offer the best possible candidate and offer ongoing training as well.”
By SuperUser Account on 10/26/2011 3:22 PM
Earlier this year in a post about Microsoft Dynamics CRM, IT Business Edge contributor Mike Vizard hit onthe key differentiator in how Microsoft approaches cloud-based CRM. Microsoft, along with other CRM providers, is chasing Salesforce.com, the company that shook up the industry a decade ago by putting CRM in the cloud. In contrast to Salesforce, Vizard said, "Microsoft is building a cloud computing ecosystem where multiple partners will be able to not only deliver Dynamics CRM 2011, but those services can be integrated with Microsoft CRM and other application software running on premise to give customers maximum flexibility."
Microsoft may also find itself chasing Oracle, whichearlier this week acquired RightNow Technologies. Both Oracle and Microsoft seem to be following Salesforce.com's lead (again) into the nascent customer experience management category, adding social elements to their CRM software and strengthening its capabilities to serve customers in new channels like social networks along with traditional ones like call centers.
A CRM Buyer article spotlights Dynamics' new Activity Feeds, configurable, real-time notification streams that allow users to post information and follow feeds of interest. I guess we can thank Mark Zuckerberg for these, which seem to be showing up in all kinds of enterprise software these days, but Salesforce was the first to latch on to the concept when it launched Chatter in late 2009. Microsoft also added a microblogg
By SuperUser Account on 10/26/2011 3:17 PM
For those tired of, say, Firefox with Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announced today the release of Firefox with Bing, a version of the web browser that includes default search settings for Bing.
Firefox with Bing, downloadable here, sets Bing.com as the default browser home page, as well as the default search engine in the search box and location bar.
There are nearly 20 customized versions of Firefox distributed globally by partners including Bing, United Internet, Twitter, Yahoo! and Yandex, according to Mozilla.
Firefox with Bing extends the partnership Mozilla and Microsoft announced last year whereby Bing was included as one of the search engine choices within Firefox.
The Firefox browser is created by Mozilla, a non-profit organization. In recent months, it's captured about 27 percent of the global browser usage, according to website analytics tracker StatCounter.
By SuperUser Account on 8/22/2011 1:32 PM
BY AUSTIN CARR
The reaction to Skype's proposed acquisition of the New York City-based group messaging service GroupMe for $85 million has been nearly universal: Good for Skype. It's the latest in a string of high-profile gambits in the world of social grouping technology. Google+ has made Circles central to its social efforts. Apple has announced plans to launch its own group service, iMessage. And Mark Zuckerberg, whose company recently acquired the group messaging service Beluga, has called grouping friends "the biggest problem in social networking."
In all that excitement it's easy to overlook the fact that Skype is also in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. That means any decision Skype makes should be viewed as a decision Microsoft would make as well. And Microsoft was well aware of Skype's acquisition of GroupMe, Sandhya Venkatachalam, Skype's head of corporate development, tells Fast Company. There was visibility at all levels of Microsoft including CEO Steve Ballmer. "This is something that's very important for Skype and for our mobile and overall social strategy," says Venkatachalam. "Of course, if and when the acquisition with Microsoft closes, we want to bring this functionality and this strategy to Microsoft and their mobile offerings."
Which means you can expect GroupMe to play a prominent role in Microsoft's social efforts as well.
When I recently spoke to Skype product VP Neil Stevens, he spoke at length about how Skype would become central to Microsoft's mobile efforts. He described how Skype will add deep integration with Windows Phone, at a greater level than with any other mobile OS, and how it will become a unifying force between various Microsoft products such as Windows, Windows Mobile, and Xbox.
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