SharePoint 2013 – What’s New?

Microsoft SharePoint was first launched back in 2001. It was initially a web application platform that was associated with intranet content management and document management. It has been significantly enhanced with the passage of time.

Sharepoint Logo

Now, we have SharePoint 2013 that is in fact a dual purpose product. It’s not only a better and more powerful server product; it is also capable of delivering SharePoint-as-a-service in the cloud. There are many things that SharePoint users and developers would love in the latest version. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing features that you can now take advantage of:

SharePoint 2013 is Mobile-Friendly

Just as Windows 8 serves as a great operating system for Smartphones and Tablets, similarly SharePoint 2013 is also ideal for mobile users. Microsoft noticed that many users like the ability to use their desktop applications on whatever device they have, regardless of the size of the screen. This is why SharePoint 2013 offers three different browsing options for mobile users.

Cloud App Model

Do you love creating new and amazing apps? If yes, then you will love SharePoint 2013 because it offers a Cloud App Model that gives you the freedom to create apps. Developers can easily write and publish new apps to SharePoint’s public app store or to a private store that can be accessed by employees only.

Enhanced Search

SharePoint 2013 offers enhanced search functionality. After all, if you are unable to find what you need when you need it the most, then all of the other features will be useless for you. Significant improvements in search offer much more convenience and flexibility for both IT experts and end users.

Social

Even though SharePoint is a popular product, it was never actually social. Microsoft changed this with SharePoint 2013, with the acquisition of Yammer. It makes sharing and collaboration very easy.

All these great new features should be reason to celebrate for you if you already use SharePoint; as for those who’ve just been thinking about migrating to SharePoint, this might the right time for you!

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What’s So Different About Microsoft Office 2013?

The newest version of Microsoft Office productivity suite, known as ‘Office 2013’, was officially launched on January 29, 2013. Even though it’s been designed for tablets and Windows 8, it’s equally powerful and effective for PCs as well. Microsoft is offering a broad spectrum of versions for home and business categories so you can get the one that best suits your budget and requirements. In this article, we are reviewing Office 365 Home Premium.

What makes Office 2013 Better?

So…What makes Office 2013 better than its predecessors? The answer is: Ease of Use. Since Microsoft wanted to make the latest version of Office perfect for tablets running Windows 8, they converted their tools to support touch screens and in the process they made most actions only one tap or just a click away. Even though they made changes in the new Office for tablets, Smartphones and Windows 8, these changes made Office much easier to operate than ever before. It’s important to note that you can use Office 2013 with Windows 7 as well, but not with earlier versions of Windows.

Office 2013

Subscription Version vs. Standalone

With Office 2013, Microsoft is moving to a new subscription-based model. You can buy it the old-fashioned way as a standalone version, but Microsoft prefers that you sign up for the subscription. The main benefit of a subscription plan is that you will continue to receive the latest upgrades and you will not have to worry about buying another new version of Office ever again. The standalone version will work as perfectly as the subscription version initially, but eventually it will become out-of-date as it will not receive any upgrades.

What does it come with?

The Office 365 Home Premium version can be installed on 5 different PCs with a single subscription which includes Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and OneNote. Even though you can get 7GB of free space on SkyDrive now, with Office 365 Home Premium subscription, you will receive 20GB more. You will also get 60 minutes of free Skype calls every month. The subscription for this entire plan will cost you just $99.99 a year.

Should I buy the Student Version?

It’s important to note that Office 2013 Home & Student can be installed on one PC only and it costs $139.99 and it comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. So, if you have 3 PCs in your household, then you will have to buy 3 copies and they will cost you $419.97. So, it’s best to get Office 365 Home Premium with a subscription, because it will allow you to install it on 5 different PCs and each user will be able to sign in to their own account with their own online document store and other benefits. So, in less than $400 you will enjoy the latest tools for the next 4 years.

When you use Office 2013, you will certainly like it because the interface has been improved as well. The ‘Ribbon’, which first appeared in Office 2007 and annoyed many users, is now optional.

Have you used Office 2013 yet? If yes, then please share your experience with us!

Report Says: iPad Mini Gains As the Preferred “Kids’ Tablet” After the Holidays

Ever since the release of iPad Mini, the critics have never left it alone. It was either blamed for the high rate with limited features or constantly got compared with the competitive tablets, making iPad Mini a waste of your money. This has been a big blow for Apple, as even iPhone 5 did not bring miracles for the company. While most of the tech audience believed that Steve Jobs took the magic of Apple to the grave, iPad Mini finally showed development after the 2012 Christmas holidays.

Recently, KinderTown – one of the best educational applications finder for kids of preschool and kindergarten released a shocker; iPad Mini went from a drastic to a yet extremely impressive increase in sales after the Christmas holidays. Later, it was illustrated that the app installment in iPad mini was mainly of those apps that are ideally made for kids in preschool and kindergarten. Much after the hit, KinderTown suggested to a lot of parents that they should invest in this particular slate for their young and emerging kids.

Apple iPad Mini

Created with the motive to fulfill the mission of children in their studies, KinderTown pulled a data from across 200,000 users to draw insights about the device, keeping in mind the usage of it for preschool children. They used their app known as KinderTown app – an app that stands as a substitute for Apple’s App Store, but it only features those apps that are kid-friendly in nature. Price, category, preferred age and educational value of a particular app are mentioned under each app. Since parents use KinderTown App to buy and find apps for their kids, these are usually found in the entire range of devices that are used by children.

The company shared that the users of KinderTown apps on every device changes week-to-week in normal rate; but after the Christmas holidays ended, the week wasn’t normal for the company. When the year’s biggest and happiest gift-giving day ended, iPad mini went through a sweeping increase in sales. Of course, this was a big shocker as only we expect such increase from a new device.

Approximately, the increase was more than 270% than the previous sales and usage. Looking closely to what the company said, it was apparent that aside from iPad mini, even iPod Touch – 4thor 5th generations and the new iPad – 4th generations also saw big boots of success. However, from all the 3 big hits, KinderTown parents were and still are preferring iPad mini over the old and new iPad. The company also noted that the older versions of iPads are in considerations as the parents pass down their old devices to their kids when they get a newer one. This indicated the increase in usage of iPad 1 after the Christmas holidays.

From the data provided, KinderTown users in total preferred and used iPad mini over the latest iPad. This is proven by the post-Christmas breakdown; when iPad mini’s usage amplified by 270%, on the other hand, iPad 4th Generation’s got on 190% increase.

The conclusion by the company KinderTown was that iPad Mini is now being purchased at a rate that is faster than before. Does this mean that Apple is back on the track?

The Latest Trends In Mobile Apps Are Going To Revolutionize The Mobile Industry

Introduction

Mobile Apps are gaining fast recognition for the ease of use, simplicity of design and value of utilization. The Apps function in mobiles has now become a separately recognized entity in itself, rather than a humble extrapolation of online technological capabilities.

Rationale

The investors and stock holders is anticipated to be attracted to this particular industry because of the potentially unlimited applications that can be run using the computer and the telecommunication capacities of the modern cell phone. The Smartphone as we call it now, is going to have a unique platform through which technological innovation and user satisfaction will thrive.

Mobile App

Description

The first trend in the mobile Apps will be the facility of location dependant service. Location based Apps and services is likely to become very popular, because the user will be provided with an option to access the digital services, facilities and functionalities; and it will be based on the real time location, situation and personal verifications of user (gender, age and personal preference). This would definitely make for a more intelligent and efficient experience. Social networking is the next best trend on the mobile Apps. Facebook and Twitter, the popular social networks have already made their website compatible for Smartphone and mobile viewing.

Details

The social networking software and App that will provide add-ons services like email, messaging, audio/video chat and games will be a huge boon for the social networking as well as the mobile industry. The mobile Visual analysis is a relatively new field of App that is being introduced on the mobile. The ability to compare online dinner offers, hotel reservation costs, insurance policy costs and so many other services, will hold tremendous advantages for users helping them to make streamlined decisions and cut down on costs. This App will be attracting a lot of non-technology savvy people who are more inclined to practicality than the aesthetics of its function.

Applications

Conducting commerce on the mobile will also become a possibility. The fact that a user can be virtually present in a store in form of a digital signature, to check in or prove his attendance is simply an ideal facility. So is the ability to add items of shopping to a pay cart by simply uploading their pictures as a form of barcode; both will be made possible through the Apps for mobile commerce.

Future utilities

These were the major Apps, but what about the other Apps that is sure to be virally spread in popularity? The concept of close range communication payment would become basically the highest in demand use of a mobile, offering functioning as an ATM or a credit card. Although the possibility of mainstreaming this App will appear in a while, their security implications still need to be worked out. Object recognition is another latest Apps trend that will be implemented. This App will allow the user to recognize and replicate the user specifications based on the recognition of a location, place or objects in the environment.

Conclusion

Apps that make use of mobile Instant Messaging are anticipated to join the main stream by 2015. Mobile email is yet another one of these attractive trends that will be universally applicable to all mobile phone in the next year or so. So, the mobile App trend can be said as a fast rising wave that will engulf all who take to its seamless application into general society.

Microsoft Surface ! What is a tablet?

On 18th June in a jam packed media event in  Los Angeles Microsoft Announced it’s new hardware device for Win 8. Yes it’s a tablet device or as Microsoft calls it Surface. The device is a 10.6″ display with magnesium casing. The hardware specs are:

Win RT Model:

10.6-inch ClearType HD display; 32GB or 64GB storage; microSD, USB 2.0 and Micro HD Video ports; 2×2 MIMO antennae; and Office 15. Weighs 676 grams and is 9.3 mm thick.

Windows 8 Model:

10.6-inch ClearType HD display; 64GB or 128GB storage; microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video ports; and 2×2 MIMO antennae. Weighs 903 grams and is 13.5 mm thick.

Microsoft didn’t announce the availability date yet, but our guess is it will be right along when Windows 8 releases. The overall design looks more like of a industrial tablet. But the Win RT model is very light. Both versions will come with keyboard case.

It will be interesting to see how this device will compete with Apples iPad and also Microsoft’s own Channel partners.

The previous Microsoft Surface computing LCD panels has been renamed to Pixel Sense.

More for information please visit Microsoft Surface website at http://www.surface.com/

There will be a release preview of Windows 8

Yes, you heard it right, there will be a release preview of Windows 8 as early as June. Today Microsoft announced that the release date for Windows 8 will be in October this year with a release preview in June. This short timespan will get one thinking in terms of, will there be any major changes from the consumer release in February?

The Metro UI has been received with a mixed emotions within the tech community. It will be interesting to see what changes Microsoft will incorporate in june release. With October release deadline, that means RTM should be expected by end of August.

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OneNote Mobile for Android is now available

Back In 2011 Jan, Microsoft decided to grace us with its presence on Apple’s App store with its popular note-taking solution, OneNote. At that time, the company said that OneNote was installed on 78M PCs, so it looked like the company wanted to spread the seed a bit. This past December, Microsoft released another popular service, SkyDrive, on iOS. But the news of releasing these products for Android was no way near.

But yesterday Microsoft OneNote blog published the following:

“For all of you who’ve been asking (and patiently waiting) for a version of OneNote for your Android phones, we have great news: OneNote Mobile for Android is now available! Download it from the Android Market app store today!

Mobile versions of OneNote are currently available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and now Android. Now you can use OneNote accross all your devices and have them synced without much fuss. Recently on a Microsoft Windows 7 advert OneNote was featured to show how a family can organize their shopping list from PC to Windows Phone.

Here is some screenshot and feature list mentioned in the blog post.

 

The OneNote for Android interface

 

Feature summary

OneNote Mobile for Android includes the following features:

  • Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists
  • To-do lists with clickable checkboxes
  • Quick photo capture with your phone’s camera
  • Quick access to recent notes
  • Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks
  • Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere
  • Offline access to your notes
  • Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection
  • Built-in spelling checker
  • Support for external hyperlinks
  • Table editing

Screenshot gallery

Here are a few examples of the OneNote Mobile for Android app in action:
OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

OneNote for Android app screenshot     OneNote for Android app screenshot

Free vs. unlimited use

OneNote Mobile for Android is free to download and use for up to 500 notes. When you’ve reached this limit, you can upgrade the app for a one-time fee of US $4.99 for unlimited use.

If you choose not to upgrade to the unlimited version, you can still view, sync, and delete any of your existing notes even after you’ve reached the 500 notes limit. However, you will no longer be able to edit your notes or create new ones on your Android phone.

For unlimited use pricing outside of the United States, please visit the Android Market in your region (see below for a complete list of supported countries and markets).

 

International availability

OneNote Mobile for Android is now available in the following markets:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.