Microsoft: Morgan Stanley Ups Target to $37 on Office 15 Promise

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By admin, March 25, 2012

Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt this morning raised his price target shares of Microsoft  to $37 from $33, writing that the stock, trading at just 11 times the next twelve months’ projected earnings, is failing to reflect prospects for the next version of Office, version 15, which will likely be available not just on Intel  processors but also for versions of Microsoft’s operating system running on chips based on ARM Holdings‘s  architecture.

That could give Microsoft a big boost in tablet computers and other mobile devices running the forthcoming Windows 8, versus Apple‘s  iPad, thinks Holt, as Office 15 is not likely to show up on the iPad, at least not initially. Read more »

New iPad Vs. Windows 8 Tablets: 8 Considerations

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By admin, March 25, 2012

Apple shipped its new iPad on March 16. Predictably, it was a smash hit, as the company said it sold more than 3 million of the devices during the first weekend. Microsoft, meanwhile, is planning its first serious entry into the media tablet market this fall when it will introduce Windows on Arm (WoA) tablets. The question for those who have yet to jump on the Apple bandwagon is whether to opt for the new iPad now, or to wait until Windows 8 tablets are available, most likely starting in October.

A feature-by-feature comparison of the two platforms is tricky, given that new iPad is a real, shipping product, while WoA systems have yet to arrive. (We’ve left the more conventional, Intel-based Windows 8 tablets out of the equation to keep things, er, apples to Apples.) The performance of Windows 8 tablets will depend greatly on how hardware makers like Nokia, Lenovo, Asus, and others, implement Microsoft’s specifications. Read more »

Windows 8 Tablets: Just as Crisp as the iPad’s Retina?

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By admin, March 25, 2012
Windows 8 specs include displays that are even sharper than Apple’s fabled Retina display, which Apple claims is as clear as the human eye is capable of seeing.

Microsoft’s newest operating system supports a 10.1-inch tablet screen with 291 pixels per inch resolution, the company says in its Building Windows 8 blog. That compares to the new iPad with 265 ppi.

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But because Microsoft doesn’t build its own hardware, it doesn’t demand that tablet screens or any other screen meet a single requirement as Apple can with the New  iPad. Read more »

Six Features You’ll Love in Office 15

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By admin, March 24, 2012

Most of the attention on Redmond this year is focused on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. But, the next generation of Microsoft Office is also currently under development–ostensibly to be launched along side Windows 8 this fall–and Office 15 has the potential to be the real hero among the two. 

Microsoft has made a number of major changes to the latest version of Windows—not the least of which are the touchscreen optimized Metro interface, and adding ARM-based tablets as an option. But, as the de facto productivity suite for businesses, Microsoft Office is the standard bearer of the Microsoft Windows operating system and Office 15 has the power to drive adoption of Windows 8 by taking advantage of the unique capabilities of the new OS. Read more »

Whatever happened to the Microsoft Office 2012 Moorea app?

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By admin, March 24, 2012

One of the first new tidbits to leak months ago about Microsoft’s Office 15 suite was the existence of what looked to be a new app, codenamed Moorea. Now that the Office 15 technology preview is available — albeit primarily to testers under non-disclosure agreements — is there any new word on Moorea?

There is, in fact. But from what I’m hearing, Moorea is not looking like it will be a new, standalone addition to the coming Office suite. Instead, it seems to have been folded into OneNote 15. (If you want more information on OneNote 15 — and other components of the Office 2012 client suite, Windows SuperSite’s Paul Thurrott has gotten his hands on the Office 15 technical preview bits.) Read more »

Microsoft Builds Windows 8-Powered Ford Mustang With Xbox, Kinect

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By admin, March 24, 2012

 Microsoft, together with West Coast Customs, have put together an unusual creation: A 2012 Ford Mustang, albeit with a 1967 replica body in a matte black finish, and as much Microsoft-powered tech as possible.

“Project Detroit,” as it’s called, will be formally unveiled on Discovery’s Velocity Network this Sunday, March 25 at 9pm PT/ET. But Jeff Sanquist and Tim O’Brien of Microsoft’s Channel 9 have already posted many of the details.

Let’s start with when you first approach the car, where Windows Phone integration lets you find, unlock, and start the car via a Viper-developed Smart Start app. The car comes with 4G and a hotspot mode (no carrier listed yet) that gives multiple devices Wi-Fi access on the go. The 4G network connects to Bing Maps, Read more »

Windows 8 update: Dell thinks it can sell Windows 8 tablets

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By admin, March 24, 2012

Dell’s Chief Commercial Officer Steve Felice told Reuters this week that he thinks disaffection with iPads by corporate IT departments creates an opportunity to sell mobile devices that run on Windows – something they are familiar with.

“On the commercial side there are a lot of concerns about security, interoperability, systems and device management, and I think Dell is in the best position to meet those,” Felice saiys.

In addition to taking a run at Windows 8 Dell may also fire up its Android tablets again, but that is to be seen. “We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven’t announced yet,” he says. “You’ll see some announcements…for the back half of the year. We don’t think that this market is closed off in any way.” Read more »

An early look at Microsoft Office 15

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By admin, March 18, 2012

A glimpse at the upcoming Office product on Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows reveals a new suite that tries to mimic the feel of Metro but runs as a traditional desktop program.

Microsoft Office 15 will come built for the desktop but offer a huge touch of the Metro flair, according to a description posted by Supersite for Windows author Paul Thurrott, who obtained a copy of an early preview version. Read more »

Microsoft Office 15 for Windows 8 Comes With SkyDrive, Full-Screen Mode, Touch

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By admin, March 18, 2012

Paul Thurrott, from Windows IT Pro magazine, had access to the technical preview of Microsoft Office 15, Microsoft’s latest iteration of Office, and highlighted its most important features.

The build was distributed a couple of weeks ago to a select number of Microsoft employees, which ultimately signed a non-disclosure agreement, and comes as a pre-beta version. Read more »

Exclusive: Microsoft Office 15 features and improvements

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By admin, March 8, 2012

Microsoft is currently testing a Technical Preview version of Office 15, its next-generation Office productivity suite. A small number of third-party partners, OEMs, and businesses have access to the code, but Microsoft is staying mum on the exact features of its next release. We previously took a closer look at Office 15 with detailed screenshots of its new Metro inspired interface, showing off the clean and simple look for the future of Office. Today we are able to share details on a number of new and improved features in each of the core applications for Office 15, thanks to several people with access to the early Technical Preview code. From Touch and Reading Mode to a Weather Bar feature in Outlook 15, we have exclusive details on Microsoft’s plans — read on to find out more. Read more »

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