Microsoft created a lot of uncertainty when it began showing Windows 8's distinctly different interfaces -- the older "desktop" style and the new touch-based Metro interface.
If that isn't confusing enough, we now have "Office 15" on the way. The big unknown is how Office 15 will work on ARM machines, which requires Intel-based code to be rewritten.
The latest stance is that Office will run in the desktop mode. The company has yet to commit to a Metro port on ARM chips.
To keep touch fans satisfied, Microsoft is now talking about adding some touch tweaks including a special touch mode. Right now that mode doesn't appear to be operational on current Office 15 test versions.
My view is Microsoft should come as clean as it possibly can on these issues. If you're like Apple and you don't talk about anything 'til it ships, that's fine. But if you are like Microsoft and have already been spilling the beans, you might as well pour out the whole jar.
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Posted by Doug Barney on 02/27/2012 at 1:19 PM
IT professionals overseeing operations in organizations increasingly will need developer expertise associated with cloud services as well, according to an IDC study, announced on Monday.
Microsoft was ordered to pay $20 million and take measures to assure child privacy under the terms of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), per a Monday U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcement.
Microsoft 365 services, including Exchange Online and the Outlook on the Web App, were disrupted on Monday, June 5 due to a problematic Microsoft service update.
Microsoft is ending support for Cortana -- the company's voice-activated virtual assistant -- in Windows 10 and 11.
Here's how to set up your own developer account (no, you don't need to be a developer to take advantage of it).
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