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@bfeld I decided to give SkyDrive a try … been using it for two weeks and it is awesome. Stunningly awesome. Perfect.

More from the article:
Two weeks ago I decided to move everything to Word as we started the final push to getting the publisher draft out (which is due on 10/12/12). As part of this, I decided to give SkyDrive a try and see if we could both work on the document at the same time in Word.

We’ve been using it for two weeks and it is awesome. Stunningly awesome. Perfect. We can work in the browser and that’s fine for short things, but the beauty is we can download the doc into Word and it automagically keeps our edits in sync on the server. We can both work in Word – online or offline – at the same time and when we connect all the changes get updated to the server and then pushed down to our individual copies of Word. In short, it does exactly what you’d expect it to do. And – we are both using Word on the Mac – which is solid and a nice surprise to me that any of this really works on the Mac given my generally miserable Microsoft + Mac software experience.

I’m blown away. I also can’t believe no one knows about it or is talking about Microsoft SkyDrive. I can’t believe Microsoft isn’t promoting it front and center. Or maybe they are and I’m just missing it.

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http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/23/microsofts-cloud-service-skydrive-is-great-and-no-one-has-noticed/

This is what I work on. Many folks have asked what exactly is Marketing Solutions. This article plus this blog post (http://community.advertising.microsoft.com/msa/en/global/b/blog/archive/2012/09/16/-solution-studiosstudio-415-san-francisco.aspx) by Rick Chavez, who heads up the Marketing Solutions org, explains it well.

Tags: MSFT

Microsoft The Winner in The Apple-Samsung kerfuffle?

It’s interesting that multiple pundits are saying that Microsoft is the real winner of the Apple-Samsung patent trial. The logic goes something like Microsoft’s Windows Phone has truly tried to innovate and it’s approach has been fundamentally different. Due to the uncertainty of Android based phones, manufacturers like HTC will start to switch to WindowsPhone. Here are a couple of articles:

CNet - Apple-Samsung verdict shows that Microsoft thinks different

Forbes - In The Apple vs Samsung Decision, The Real Winner is Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Though, I usually relay this kind of news here, I tend to be skeptical - I try not to breathe my own exhaust. :-)

However, I think a change is coming. Not because of these articles, but because, Sahana (my oldest child) the millennial, design student, used my Nokia Lumia 900 last weekend to navigate in Pittsburgh and proclaimed, “Dad, you’re right! The maps on the Windows phone are much better”. Her iPhone couldn’t find our destination and the WindowsPhone Map app on the Nokia not only found our destination, it also had an easier to use turn-by-turn feature and was much smarter in tracking us as drove towards our target. It was probably not enough to make her switch, but a seed was certainly planted. 

So the Apple-Samsung patent trial outcome might indeed help Microsoft, but I think Microsoft is working hard to help itself.

Tags: msft aapl goog

Microsoft unveils new logo. Like it. It’s light, airy and fresh.

Microsoft unveils new logo. Like it. It’s light, airy and fresh.

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Microsoft is giving its 16-year-old Web-email service a total overhaul and a new name. And the results are impressive.
Starting this week, it will be called Outlook.com. This is part of a new Microsoft strategy to use “Outlook” as the name for all its email offerings.
I’ve been using a pre-release version of this new email service for the past seven days and it includes dozens of smart features that simplify the otherwise-exasperating process of managing your email inbox. Examples include optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com.

Microsoft is giving its 16-year-old Web-email service a total overhaul and a new name. And the results are impressive.

Starting this week, it will be called Outlook.com. This is part of a new Microsoft strategy to use “Outlook” as the name for all its email offerings.

I’ve been using a pre-release version of this new email service for the past seven days and it includes dozens of smart features that simplify the otherwise-exasperating process of managing your email inbox. Examples include optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com.

Tags: msft tech

Just installed Microsoft #Office2013 #OfficePreview. Beautiful UI and very cool integration features.

Just installed Microsoft #Office2013 #OfficePreview. Beautiful UI and very cool integration features.

Tags: office msft tech

Fair and balanced analysis of Microsoft’s and Yahoo’s problems. 

Tags: msft yhoo tech

Apple co-founder Wozniak gives Microsoft props for design
Has Steve Wozniak gone Team Microsoft?
As the Huffington Post reports, the Apple co-founder said at an Entel technology press conference in Chile that he is impressed by the design of Microsoft’s new products.
“I made a joke that Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft,” he said, noting that he wants to own a Surface tablet.

Apple co-founder Wozniak gives Microsoft props for design

Has Steve Wozniak gone Team Microsoft?

As the Huffington Post reports, the Apple co-founder said at an Entel technology press conference in Chile that he is impressed by the design of Microsoft’s new products.

“I made a joke that Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft,” he said, noting that he wants to own a Surface tablet.

“Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Student Competition Turns 10, Gets Underway In Sydney
Among the projects that were chosen for the finals (all of which obviously use Microsoft’s platforms), for example, are a tool developed by the Australian teamthat uses a phone, a digital stethoscope and a cloud-based backend to help diagnose childhood pneumonia in developing countries.
A surprisingly large number of teams, by the way, decided to use Microsoft’s Kinect, including the Argentinian team, which uses Microsoft’s motion detection hardware for the Xbox to help people with disabilities learn about music and play virtual instruments.

“Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Student Competition Turns 10, Gets Underway In Sydney

Among the projects that were chosen for the finals (all of which obviously use Microsoft’s platforms), for example, are a tool developed by the Australian teamthat uses a phone, a digital stethoscope and a cloud-based backend to help diagnose childhood pneumonia in developing countries.

A surprisingly large number of teams, by the way, decided to use Microsoft’s Kinect, including the Argentinian team, which uses Microsoft’s motion detection hardware for the Xbox to help people with disabilities learn about music and play virtual instruments.