Typing at work on Microsoft’s new 15-inch Surface Book 2, I can’t shake the feeling that this thing’s not for me.
Typing at work on Microsoft’s new 15-inch Surface Book 2, I can’t shake the feeling that this thing’s not for me.
One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development.
If you're a small business and you're running Windows 7 and older versions of Office, you totally, and I mean totally, need to refresh your software stack. You have a bit of time left to prepare, but two years isn't really all that long.
I've been having all kinds of fun lately with Kubernetes, exploring building my own Kubernetes Cluster on the metal, as well as using a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure with AKS. Today at the Connect() conference in NYC I was happy to announce Visual Studio Connected Environment.
There’s no laptop quite like the Surface Book. Though it was far from the first laptop that could turn into a tablet and had its fair share of flaws, its combination of light weight, detachable screen, dedicated graphics, and good battery life was pretty much unheard.
I resisted the urge to fling the controller across the room as I tried, once again, to beat the first damn level of Cuphead. I’d been making my attempts using what is currently one of the best PC game controllers to date, the Microsoft Xbox One Elite. But it wasn’t happening.
Microsoft is prepping to preview Skype Professional Account, which will make it easier for people who provide training, tutoring, consulting and counseling sessions via video chat to run their services – for free.
Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating. Microsoft offered a placeholder rather than a product.
Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning to merge its Outlook and Sunrise apps into a single app. After acquiring Sunrise more than a year ago, Microsoft is now planning to kill off the standalone app at the end of August.
On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 milled around eating miniature whoopie pies by the light of the Moon, sizing up their global rivals in the efficient use of Excel, PowerPo
Want to improve your tech skills or advance your career this year? eBooks are a great way to learn something new, and this huge collection from MSDN covers a broad range of computer topics, from tips on using Microsoft Office to programming mobile apps.
First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.” New office designs are coming to a workplace near you, with layouts meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers.
Satya Nadella’s corner office, on the fifth floor of Building 34 at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters, features a can’t-miss 84-inch Surface touch-screen computer that dominates one wall. But what demands even more attention are the vast quantities of books in the room.
CEO Satya Nadella bets big on artificial intelligence that will be fast, smart, friendly, helpful, and (fingers crossed) not at all racist. By Dina Bass | March 30, 2016 Illustration by Blake Thomas From Predictions about artificial intelligence tend to fall into two scenarios.
It's no secret that your resume shouldn't just be a list of old jobs—it needs to be visually appealing as well, within reason.
Microsoft OneNote has been one of our favorite note-taking apps for years, and it keeps getting better. The app is completely free to install on your Mac or Windows desktop and lets you format notes any way you wish in an intuitive digital notebook interface.
Many of us live and die by our spreadsheets, but every true spreadsheet ninja has to start somewhere. These helpful, Excel shortcuts can help you save time and get more done.
Of course, you may not need all 60 of these, but knowing them will make you flexible, fast, and ready to work with whatever tool you’re presented with, whether it’s a Windows PC, a Mac, an Excel spreadsheet, or a Powerpoint slideshow. Plus, there are extras in here for Gmail and Chrome to boot.
If today’s news regarding Evernote’s new pricing plans and limitations has you considering Microsoft OneNote, the OneNote Importer tool makes the transition relatively painless for Windows users.
PowerPoint lets you put presentations together in a snap, but your slide shows can be dull and boring if you only know the basics. It’s time to learn how to customize templates, add animations and slide transitions, make slide notes, and more.
Microsoft is launching Sway today, a new app that’s part of the company’s Office family of products. It will sit alongside the regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps as a rich content creation tool.
Microsoft Excel is packed with useful data management features that don’t see a lot of use, like pivot tables, index and match, and conditional formatting.
A good resume can land you that job interview, so you want to stand out. If formatting a resume isn't your thing, Hloom has 275 free Microsoft Word templates to download. The templates are spread across different categories, thus catering to different job types.
Microsoft Planner, a new tool that helps teams track and collaborate on projects, launched today for the Office 365 suite. Planner lets you organize projects, share files, assign tasks, and chat with other collaborators—all within Office 365.
While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan.
Microsoft is taking over San Francisco's Moscone Center today to introduce a preview version of Windows 8.1. Although the company has revealed most of the features in the upcoming update to Windows 8, I’ve had a chance to get well acquainted with the Windows 8.
This is part one of a series of stories from Robert Gaskins who helped invent PowerPoint at Forethought Inc. in 1984. It was the first significant acquisition made by Microsoft.
If you’re new to using Microsoft Excel, or an experienced user looking for a good visual reference, this handy cheat sheet covers eight helpful tricks for becoming a spreadsheet pro.
Analyzing one of American corporate history’s greatest mysteries—the lost decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and *V.F.
If you've spent any time operating a computer, you've encountered Microsoft Excel. This quintessential program is practically everywhere, regularly making appearances on business computers thanks to its inclusion in Microsoft Office.
It’s that time of year again, and today I am kicking off my annual FREE MICROSOFT EBOOK GIVEAWAY extravaganza! And this time, I’m posting MORE FREE EBOOKS in this post than I ever have in any of my previous giveaways! Based on this, you will notice something different about this year’s post
The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more.
Everyone collects utilities, and most folks have a list of a few that they feel are indispensable. Here's mine. Each has a distinct purpose, and I probably touch each at least a few times a week. For me, "util" means utilitarian and it means don't clutter my tray.
Microsoft's Metro design language has gone through a name change of late. Used to describe the company's design principles around typography and minimal graphics, Metro is now referred to as the "Microsoft design language.
Building 5 is part of the cluster of buildings that were among the first erected at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters 13 miles east of downtown Seattle—so I’m told, on a recent trip here.
Microsoft's Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
A pair of leggy, lipsticked models stop short outside a casting call at Milk Studios, a cavernous space in Hollywood known for art shows and photo shoots.
Ah, Excel. This little piece of software is the unicorn of spreadsheets, and that's why so many people want to learn it. You'll be hard-pressed to find an office that doesn't use Excel for one purpose or another, even as more sophisticated solutions hit the market.
Microsoft is introducing universal Windows apps, a way for developers to create a single app that works across Windows phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox One.
Often overshadowed by its brothers and sisters, like Excel and Word, Microsoft OneNote is truly the hidden gem in the Office suite. Literally your digital notebook, OneNote is a great way to create and organize your notes, whether its for school, work, or personal.
Microsoft has been having a love affair with well-designed iOS and Android apps lately: after acquiring email client Acompli last year, the software giant announced yesterday that it also also acquired Sunrise, an intelligent calendar app.
If you’ve mastered the basics of Microsoft Excel and you’re looking to boost your spreadsheet skills, this visual guide explains some useful tips and shortcuts you may not have tried. This graphic, from Quill, features five tips and shortcuts you can use to become spreadsheet pro.
Microsoft Dream Job is a resource packed with tools to help you land your dream job. You can find free templates for resumes, presentations, and portfolios, as well as interview advice.
It has happened before, and it is happening again. Microsoft's MSDN blog has released a whole new batch of free technical ebooks that cover everything from Windows 8, to Office 2013, to SQL Server, and more.
You have a ton of apps and tools to choose from when it comes to taking notes and saving information. OneNote, however, stands out among note-taking apps for its incredible flexibility, colorful interface, and robust features.
Microsoft Office is still the most popular office suite used by companies and individuals across the world. These Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote cheat sheets will help boost your productivity and save time when you’re working in these programs.
You don't have to excel at Excel to make the most of the spreadsheet app. Download free templates to use Microsoft's program to manage your schedules, budget your money and much more.
Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.
Microsoft has been telling folks for a while that Microsoft Office 2011 is going to cease getting future development. Lately, they've made it even more explicit that if you upgrade to macOS High Sierra in a few weeks, you're out of luck with Office 2011.
Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, its servers get slammed. To help alleviate this burden, Windows 10 can download updates from other users’ computers. The problem is, it can use up your bandwidth and data caps to do so. Here’s how to turn it off.
Microsoft’s Start menu is a big deal. It’s the first thing many people think of when they think of Windows, or even Microsoft. The simple Start menu has existed for more than 20 years now.
The feature I read about that fascinated me the most, even more than the idea that you could select text that you wanted to operate on with a mouse, or that text onscreen was laid out as it would look on the page, with bold, italics, underline and strikethough visible in the display, was it's abil
I remember how I felt about Word for iPad when Microsoft released it last year, a full four years after the first iPad came out: I actually like this OK, but it felt like too little too late. I dabbled a bit every time an update came out for a few months but I didn't actually make a switch.
In so many ways, Google is the modern equivalent of Microsoft. It makes a operating system used by the majority of the market, running on an array of hardware from many vendors. It’s powerful, ubiquitous–and the target of dislike and rage from many people who love Apple products.
Yesterday, the world was introduced to Inori Aizawa, an anime character created to promote Internet Explorer in Singapore. Many saw the move as unusual, but some of Microsoft's Asia-based subsidiaries have been using anime to boost their products' appeal for years.
Forget everything you know about Microsoft’s Tay chatbot. It was a disaster, it didn’t work, the researchers behind it have likely all been fired or reassigned. In truth, it was a test of the Microsoft natural language processing algorithms, and it didn’t pass the test.
When Satya Nadella settled into the U.S. at age 20, he had a problem. The Indian emigre wanted a master’s in computer science as fast as possible, so he could dash into America’s booming tech sector. But cash was tight and his undergraduate preparation, back in Mangalore, was patchy.
Microsoft is in deep trouble, their two main product lines are failing, and the blame game is intensifying. Steve Sinofsky gets the blame this time for the failure of Windows 8, but the real problem is the patterns that are so clearly illustrated by these actions.
Yesterday marked another step into the Microsoft world for myself, someone who pretty much used Google services exclusively historically with the purchase of a new Microsoft Surface 3 with a Type Cover. So, what's changed for me exactly?
Microsoft Office 2016 A Microsoft Office 2016 Preview: Smart & Subtle Changes A Microsoft Office 2016 Preview: Smart & Subtle Changes Office 2016 for Mac was just released and the Windows version will follow in the fall.
Microsoft just surprised everyone by introducing the Surface Book: the company's vision of the ultimate laptop. It's crazy! It's like they went from making the Surface tablet, to making a laptop, and then back to making a Surface tablet again — but somehow it looks like it works.
Evernote and OneNote are two of our favorite tools, but both have changed substantially since we last compared these two apps—in some ways, not for the best. Here’s where these two stand today.
Microsoft Teams might be launching across the world today, but the app started off on a fruit farm in Hawaii and a hotel room in Las Vegas. These unconventional work locations formed the foundations for the Microsoft Teams chat app that thousands of businesses will start using this week.
When Microsoft unveiled the first Surface tablet five years ago, it was a spectacular failure. At the time, the Apple iPhone was well on its way to conquering the technology industry, and the iPad appeared set to lead an even more devastating invasion of Microsoft’s office-worker kingdom.
Office is 25 years old this year. Some of the individual components are older, but it was 1990 that Microsoft first released a combined Office bundle, containing Word 1.1, Excel 2, and PowerPoint 2.
Last December I wrote an article entitled The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014.
Microsoft Office 2013 takes itself too seriously. Relly. Earlier versions of the productivity suite had Easter eggs 5 Weird Windows Bugs & Easter Eggs You Have To See 5 Weird Windows Bugs & Easter Eggs You Have To See We all know that Windows isn't perfect.
Microsoft unveiled its first Windows 10 Mobile devices today: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Both include an impressive new feature: Continuum. It allows Windows 10 Mobile devices (that include hardware support) to transform into a PC-like interface.
Microsoft Word tips? I know what you’re thinking: Is it 1995 again? Am I back in seventh grade? No – we’re definitely squarely in 2016. But that doesn’t mean that Microsoft’s software is a relic of the past. In fact, its Office suite is used by over 1.2 billion people around the world.
Want your PowerPoint presentations to go better? Most of the work is going to be on you, but the right template can make a difference. Here are a few places to find them, and a few more tools that can help make your presentations just a little more engaging.
Windows 10 made huge waves this year, adding a ton of new improvements, cleaning up a lot of old features, and did we mention it’s free? Here are our best Windows posts from one the platform’s biggest years in history.
After two Harvard economists admitted a faulty spreadsheet calculation caused errors in a study used by numerous politicians to support their austerity policies, writer Colm O'Regan pays tribute to the power of Microsoft Excel. They called it a "coding error".
OneNote is the best Microsoft program you’re probably not using. If you’ve ignored the digital note-taking app because, well, it’s Microsoft, or because you thought “the last thing I need is more software,” then it’s time to reconsider.
Microsoft Virtual Academy offers hundreds of free courses for anyone interested in improving their computer or IT skills. Many of the courses, as you might expect, are geared towards Microsoft products: developing Windows apps, migrating from Windows Server, Office 365 training, and so on.