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Bing Mobile Apps Get Some Updates

Bing Mobile Apps Get Some Updates

Microsoft announced some updates to its Android and iPhone apps. While they company describes both updates as major, this is especially the case for Android. There’s a new mobile search experience on Google’s operating system. “The Bing App on Android brings together the information you need, connected to the apps you trust – all to help you “find” and “do” …

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Microsoft Grabs SwiftKey To Boost its Productivity ‘Re-Invention’ Efforts

Microsoft Grabs SwiftKey To Boost its Productivity ‘Re-Invention’ Efforts

Microsoft announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire software keyboard company SwiftKey. “In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud,” says Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology …

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Microsoft Activates Yammer For Office 365

Microsoft Activates Yammer For Office 365

Microsoft is activating Yammer for all eligible Office 365 tenants without admins having to take additional action. Customers can simply get the full benefits of Yammer with Office 365. “With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access …

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Microsoft Extends Office 365 Migration Service to SMBs

Microsoft Extends Office 365 Migration Service to SMBs

Microsoft is now offering SMBs assistance with moving to Office 365 by extending onboarding and migration support to customers between 50 and 149 seats through its Microsoft FastTrack service. FastTrack was previously only available to customers with 150 seats or more. “Microsoft partners who serve SMBs say companies reach a breaking point with Google Apps around the 50-employee mark, the …

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Microsoft Earnings Out, Revenue $25.7 billion

Microsoft Earnings Out, Revenue $25.7 billion

Microsoft just announced its earnings report for its fiscal year 2016 Q2. The company beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings per share at $25.7 billion and $0.78 respectively. The company says its results are highlighted by its cloud strength. CEO Satya Nadella said, “Businesses everywhere are using the Microsoft Cloud as their digital platform to drive their ambitious …

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Google Ends AdWords Support For Old Versions of IE

Google Ends AdWords Support For Old Versions of IE

Earlier this month, Microsoft ended its support for older versions of Internet Explorer, including 8, 9, and 19. Support ended on the 12th. On the 11th, we looked at a survey from Manta, which found that a whopping 61% of small business owners who use Internet Explorer were still using version 10 or older. Google announced on Wednesday that it …

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Microsoft Announces New Cloud Storage Options For Office Mobile, Office Online

Microsoft Announces New Cloud Storage Options For Office Mobile, Office Online

Nearly a year ago, Microsoft announced the Cloud Storage Partner Program for Office, enabling third-party storage providers like Box, Citrix ShareFile, and Salesforce to connect their services to Office Online for document viewing and editing. This followed a previously announced partnership with Dropbox. On Wednesday, the company announced that it’s making Office easier for customers to use with such cloud …

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Microsoft Launches Bing-Powered ‘News Pro’ App for iOS

Microsoft Launches Bing-Powered ‘News Pro’ App for iOS

Microsoft has a new iOS app called News Pro in the App Store. The app description says: News Pro helps you search for news around your work every day. Fuel your unique interests with over a million topics to choose from. Get informed efficiently by locating the most important and relevant articles each day based off what interests you. Leverage …

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Microsoft Launches Azure Stack Technical Preview

Microsoft Launches Azure Stack Technical Preview

Microsoft announced the technical preview of Azure Stack, which the company calls the next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy and the only hybrid cloud platform consistent with a leading public cloud. The offering enables companies to deliver Azure services from their own data centers. “With Azure Stack, Microsoft is bringing proven innovation – including IaaS and higher level PaaS …

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Microsoft Adds Reminder, Calendar Features to Cortana

Microsoft Adds Reminder, Calendar Features to Cortana

Microsoft announced that it has added some features to Cortana, which should prove helpful to Windows users who wish to get things done on time. Included are more ways to be reminded of things and improved calendar management. “People often make promises to do things in email but may forget about them as the days go by and emails pile …

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FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from the FairSearch coalition. In fact, they haven’t issued a news release since last April. FairSearch, if you’ll recall, is an organization made up of Google competitors who banded together to lobby against the search giant and persuade governing bodies that the company is anti-competitive. One of the big names attached to …

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Skype Android App Lets You Schedule Calls, Open Office Files

Skype Android App Lets You Schedule Calls, Open Office Files

Last week, Microsoft announced Skype call scheduling from the Outlook apps for iOS and Android to make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with friends and colleagues. The Outlook team wrote in a blog post, “It can be challenging keeping up with friends, family and colleagues. Finding a time that works for everyone and remembering …

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Microsoft Makes Another Skype for Business Acquisition

Microsoft Makes Another Skype for Business Acquisition

Microsoft announced that it has acquired management, reporting, and analytics technology from Event Zero in order to enhance Skype for Business Online. More specifically, it has acquired the tech assets from the UC Commander product suite. The company says the acquisition will enable it to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business. “Our goal is to …

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Microsoft Launches ‘Envision’ Event For Business Leaders

Microsoft Launches ‘Envision’ Event For Business Leaders

Microsoft recently announced the launch of Microsoft Envision, which it describes as a new flagship event for business leaders. The event will feature keynotes and interactive sessions with “a broad slate of visionaries, experts and innovators” as well as industry-specific content and networking opportunities. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote. Hear from @satyanadella and a host of …

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4 New Features In Bing Ads Keyword Planner

4 New Features In Bing Ads Keyword Planner

Microsoft announced some enhancements to the Bing Ads Keyword Planner tool to give advertisers more insights into their campaigns. There are four new capabilities. First is new competitive insights and benchmarking. Advertisers can now review relative ad impression share for keyword suggestions in addition to search trend, competition, and suggested bid information as previously provided. Advertisers can compare their ad …

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Skype Gets Mobile Group Video Calling

Skype Gets Mobile Group Video Calling

Skype is celebrating ten years of Skype video with the launch of group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows 10 Mobile. The feature is free and will roll out over the coming weeks. You can pre-register for it here. “Ten years ago, NASA’s Stardust mission successfully brought back interstellar dust from a comet and the cloud existed only …

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Microsoft Releases Bing Ads Tax eBook For Agencies

Microsoft Releases Bing Ads Tax eBook For Agencies

Microsoft announced that it has put together a new eBook for tax season aimed at giving agencies tips and insights to help their tax-related clients’ improve their search campaigns. According to the company, electronic filing has increased 30% since 2009 with 120.6 million people filing electronically last year. They also note that less than 6% of Americans are unemployed, saying …

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A Lot of Small Businesses Still Using IE Versions Microsoft Is Ending Support For

A Lot of Small Businesses Still Using IE Versions Microsoft Is Ending Support For

Microsoft recently announced that it would stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer, which means a lot of businesses are going to need to take action very soon. A survey from Manta finds that 61% of small business owners who use Internet Explorer are still using version 10 or older, which are those that Microsoft stops supporting on Tuesday. “With …

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Microsoft Is About To Stop Supporting Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft Is About To Stop Supporting Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Next week, Microsoft will stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer including 8,9, and 10. The company announced that support will end on January 12. In a post on its website (via Neowin), Microsoft says: Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. …

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Here’s What’s Changing With Bing Ads Now That It Includes AOL

Here’s What’s Changing With Bing Ads Now That It Includes AOL

As you may know, Bing now powers AOL Search worldwide, including exclusively in the the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. In light of this, Microsoft announced some changes to Bing Ads including the Campaigns page, Reporting page, Google AdWords Import experience, and Keyword and Campaign Planners. The Campaigns page has new options for Campaign Creation and Ad Group creation to …

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Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft announced that it has acquired technology from mobile communications app Talko to bring it to Skype. Specifically, it will become part of Skype for Business. In addition to the tech, the Skype team is getting Talko employees. “Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business,” …

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Bing Ads Gets New Mobile Campaign Monitoring Features

Bing Ads Gets New Mobile Campaign Monitoring Features

Microsoft announced the launch of two new features for campaign monitoring on iOS and Android: favorites and push notifications for Automated Rules. “Favorites are meant to be a super quick, simple and easy way for you to monitor what you care about the most,” Microsoft says. “Want to quickly reference your top holiday campaigns? Star them using Favorites. How about …

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Rackspace Gets Office 365 Security And Storage Features

Rackspace Gets Office 365 Security And Storage Features

Rackspace announced that it has added foiur new features to its “fanatical support for Office 365 to enhance storage, security, and cost savings. These include email archiving, Azure rights management, extra storage, and Exchange Online Kiosk. According to the company, Rackspace email archiving “Advances data protection by allowing customers to automatically archive Office 365 email data with unlimited retention and …

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Microsoft Partners With Linux Foundation On Azure Certification

Microsoft Partners With Linux Foundation On Azure Certification

Microsoft and The Linux Foundation announced on Wednesday that they have partnered to offer a new certification for Linux on Azure. “In order to become certified, individuals must pass both the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam, and the Microsoft 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, exam,” a spokesperson for The Linux Foundation tells WebProNews. “By combining the existing leading …

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Microsoft Talks ASP.NET 5 and Web Tooling

Microsoft Talks ASP.NET 5 and Web Tooling

Microsoft describes ASP.NET as re-imagined from the ground up to provide a faster development experience, best in class performance, full side-by-side support, and cross platform support for Linux and Mac. The company recently put out this video of Scott Hunter giving an overview of what’s new in ASP.NET and giving a demo of all the new tooling in Visual Studio …

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Microsoft Adds New Office 365 Communication Features Via Skype for Business

Microsoft Adds New Office 365 Communication Features Via Skype for Business

Microsoft announced on Monday that it is giving Office 365-using organizations new communications services for voice, video, and meetings to replace their legacy systems with services built on the Skype for Business experience. New services include PSTN Conferencing, Skype Meeting Broadcast, Cloud PBX, and PSTN Calling. “PSTN Conferencing provides the flexibility to dial in to a meeting from a traditional …

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Microsoft Aims To Improve Mobile Work With PowerApps

Microsoft Aims To Improve Mobile Work With PowerApps

Microsoft announced a new enterprise solution called PowerApps aimed at helping workers connect, cretae, and share business apps with their teams on any device. Employees can create apps that work on any device using what the company refers to as a Microsoft Office-like experience, templates, and a visual designer to automate workflows. PowerApps can be connected to cloud services like …

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Bing Touts New Features For Holiday Shopping

Bing Touts New Features For Holiday Shopping

Microsoft announced some new tools to help users search for the right gifts and save money on their purchases throughout the holiday season. Its new Edge browser for one provides coupons via a partnership with Shopular. It features over 100 retailers including Macy’s, Target, and Toys “R” Us. When the user visits one of these stores’ sites, they can click …

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Bing Maps Gets Traffic Cameras

Bing Maps Gets Traffic Cameras

Microsoft announced the launch of traffic cameras in Bing Maps. Yep, you read that correctly. “Seeing is believing,” the company says in a blog post. “Here at Bing Maps we know the value of traffic information, however, there is something to be said about being able to see the current road conditions. We are proud to announce that you can …

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Microsoft Launches Bing Ads Elite SMB Partner Program

Microsoft Launches Bing Ads Elite SMB Partner Program

Microsoft announced the launch of a new program for SMB Bing Ads partners who have “proven their competence” when it comes to bringing success to small and medium-sized businesses. It’s called the Bing Ads Elite SMB Partner Program. The company considers partners to be among those with an in-depth understanding of the search advertising landscape and Bing Ads solutions in …

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