engadget

engadget:

This move by Microsoft’s newly appointed CEO could be surprising to many. Office is a MS cashcow and nobody slaughters their own revenue stream by giving up a product for free. But was there really an option left for them to do anything else. Office is not as eleventh as it used to be in the PC world. In this post PC era, office has lost its lusture of the top productivity app and is primarily because of Microsoft holding its release for such long on iPad and secondarily because of the new device forum factor where touch is still not as capable as a keyboard mouse combo. There are new apps like Quip that are trying to remake this landscape in totally new way and I see that as the future going forward. Office for iOS/Android will give a good fight to Apple’s iWork suite of apps and Google’s Quickoffice which are already fees on their respective app stores. Most of the reviews consider MS Office as a better product than other productivity apps on market for mobile. High Adoption of these newly released product will make the case strong for Microsoft to sell office 365 subscription to enterprise customers which is highly lucrative.

Making office free for home use makes a lot of sense for Microsoft, it was already falling behind. If the product were a paid one, the apron rate would have been very low in the face of free alternatives, Microsoft stepped in a right direction, made office free for iOS/Android for Home use, Made iPad a premium device on which editing and creating documents will work with an office 365 subscription.

Cloud First. Mobile First.

Let’s see how it works out for Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella who till now seem to be moving in the right direction.

wired

wired:

fastcompany:

Some of Twitter’s more confusing Internet jargon—hashtags, @ replies, and manual retweets—no doubt add to the initial confusion. But in the future, the service may do away some of its more perplexing and insular language.

There goes the neighborhood.

@replies will soon look like Facebook comments on a tweet.

Awful change.

There is a race going between Twitter and Facebook, who could copy the other faster!

parislemon

parislemon:

Charles Cooper and Seth Rosenblatt:

Microsoft went through a blogger’s private Hotmail account in order to trace the identity of a source who allegedly leaked trade secrets.

Technically legal or not, this is absolutely insane. And awkward — here’s the copy from Microsoft’s "Scroogled" Gmail campaign:

Outlook.com is different—we don’t go through your email to sell ads.

Nope, we just go through it to get information we need to use in lawsuits. You literally cannot make this up.

And if users needed even more reasons to ditch Hotmail today — beyond the fact that it’s 2014 — Google has a nearly opposite announcement today:

Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.

In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100 percent of them—is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.

Where’s Mark Penn when you need him?

Don’t call a person thief unless you are sure of not getting arrested for a charge of theft.

Who still uses outlook as their primary email client anymore?
Oh! That poor Nokia Lumia User!