Office Suite Now Available

11-8-2012-2-02-55-AMMicrosoft will begin selling worldwide on Tuesday the new consumer version of the Office suite, making it available both via a subscription model and perpetual licenses.

The subscription version, called Office 365 Home Premium, will cost $99.99 per household annually. The software is downloaded — and later regularly updated — from a Microsoft data center. The license lets the buyer install the suite on up to five Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs or tablets, and Mac OS computers. Multiple people in the household can use the suite, each with his or her own account.

The perpetual license version, called Office Home & Student 2013, can be installed on only one Windows or Mac OS computer. It costs $139.99. By comparison, Office Home & Student 2010 costs $149.99 for one household, and includes the right to install the software on up to three PCs.

Both Office Home & Student 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Source: Infoworld

Lotus 1-2-3: 30 Years and Counting

Good JobLotus 1-2-3 is a spreadsheet program from Lotus Software (now part of IBM). It was the IBM PC’s first “killer application”, according to Wikipedia.

Lotus Development Corp. sold its first copy of 1-2-3 for DOS on Jan. 26, 1983, and it never looked back. Every single number-cruncher at the time couldn’t wait to part with the princely sum of $495 for the product — on top of the price of the PC, typically $3,000 to $5,000. To this day,Lotus 1-2-3, all by itself, started the Microsoft-Intel architecture hegemony. It was that good.

In its first year, Lotus 1-2-3 sales topped $53 million — in 1983 dollars, mind you. In 1984, the number tripled to $156 million.

Source: InfoWorld

Windows 8 Discount to End on January 8

Say what you will about Windows 8; at least the upgrade from Windows 7 is cheap. Or it is for now. After January 31 will be a different story.

Ever since Windows 8’s October 26, 2012 launch, Microsoft has been offering retail Windows 8 Pro upgrade DVDs for $69.99. Online upgrades have been even cheaper, at $39.99. And customers who bought new PCs or laptops with Windows 7 preloaded got the best deal of all: If they registered with Microsoft, the online Windows 8 upgrade cost them just $14.99.

As previously announced, all of the above prices end on January 31. Starting in February, all editions of Windows 8 will sell for their full list prices, which means the cheapest Windows 8 upgrade will go for $119.99.

If you already have Windows 8 and you want to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Pro Pack upgrade will cost you $69.99 through January 31. After that, the price goes up to $99.99.

Source: The Register

Microsoft to Close IM Service on March 15

Microsoft announces that it will retire its instant messaging service on March 15 and asked users to switch to Skype.

Messenger will be shut down globally except for mainland China, Microsoft’s Messenger team wrote in an email sent to users on Wednesday. Messenger users will still be able to contact their friends using their Messenger account if they download Skype, Microsoft said.

On March 15, Messenger will continue to work as usual but people that are logged in on their desktops will see a banner notification asking them to switch to Skype.

When a user clicks on the banner, Skype will be downloaded and installed and Messenger will automatically be uninstalled, Microsoft said. After the 15th, desktop Messenger users will be unable to log in to the program and only be able to switch to Skype.

Source: InfoWorld

By 2016, Tablets Will Outsell Notebook Computers

It was claimed by one market watcher this week that tablets will outsell notebook computers during 2013. By 2016, says another, slates’ share of the PC market will have surpassed all other devices combined.

The research firm in question is Canalys, and it reckons Wintel’s share of the PC market will drop from 72 per cent in 2012 to 65 per cent this year on the back of a five per cent fall in unit shipments. The trend has been established, and come 2016, desktops, notebooks and what few netbooks remain will together account for just 41 per cent of the PC market.

The remaining 59 per cent – some 389 million units in all, Canalys estimates – will be tablets.
Source: The Register

Zoho Continues Its Feature Set of Cloud-Based CRM

Zoho CRM’s new Documents module provides salespeople with a central point for sharing sales-related materials, such as proposals and advertisements, with access controlled according to an individual’s role. Professional Edition customers get 250MB of storage per user, while Enterprise version customers receive 500MB.

Another new feature, MailMagnet, is meant to help salespeople keep track of emails that matter most. Zoho CRM users receive notifications as emails arrive from people in their contact and lead lists. The feature is compatible with a number of mail services, including Gmail and Exchange.

Zoho has also added location awareness to its iPhone, iPad and Android mobile CRM applications. Contact and prospect data is applied to a map, allowing salespeople to see who is nearby.

Source: InfoWorld

Ubuntu For Smartphones To Release Soon

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, has announced a new version of Ubuntu designed specifically for smartphones.

Ubuntu for phones is based on the Linux kernel and uses the same Unity user interface that Canonical has developed for the desktop, which the company says should make it immediately familiar to anyone who has used Ubuntu before.

“What is remarkable about the Ubuntu phone interface is the extent to which it is instantly recognisable as Ubuntu in terms of how everything looks and works, yet it is perfectly designed for its form factor,” Canonical CEO Jane Silber said in a blog post announcing the OS.

Source: The Register