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Stories by Juan Carlos Perez

Office Mix now lets PowerPoint users create on the fly

By Juan Carlos Perez | 21 October, 2014 07:01

Microsoft wants to deliver a new wave of apps that are intuitive, intelligent, and mobile- and cloud-friendly -- and its latest move is with Office Mix, a PowerPoint add-on aimed at teachers, for recording presentations and making them more interactive.

Apple opens bridges between OSes with launch of Yosemite, iOS 8.1

By Juan Carlos Perez | 17 October, 2014 05:55

Apple desktop and laptop computers will play better with iPads and iPhones via new Continuity integration features on iOS 8.1 and MacOS X Yosemite, available free, starting Monday for iOS 8.1 and today for Yosemite.

Google wastes no time refining Classroom

By Juan Carlos Perez | 16 October, 2014 06:45

Making clear that it's serious about its foray into education software, Google has pushed out a set of enhancements for its Classroom app, barely two months after its release.

Google adds online chat to Apps support options

By Juan Carlos Perez | 15 October, 2014 03:10

Apps admins will be able to communicate with Google tech support staffers via online chat, complementing other existing options, including phone calls.

Box buys medical image viewing vendor to boost vertical industry push

By Juan Carlos Perez | 10 October, 2014 06:57

Box has acquired a medical image viewing startup as part of its strategy to beef up its cloud storage and document management capabilities for health-care companies.

Quip mashes up documents and spreadsheets

By Juan Carlos Perez | 10 October, 2014 03:49

Quip is pushing ahead with its plan to turn the mobile and cloud productivity software market on its head, adding spreadsheet capabilities to its namesake app, which until now had been limited to documents.

Enterprise mobile messaging market gets more crowded with launch of Avaamo

By Juan Carlos Perez | 09 October, 2014 11:34

Another startup wants to offer mobile messaging to enterprises, even though it's questionable whether such a narrow service can sustain a company and even though it's likely that larger enterprise collaboration vendors will jump into this market.

Microsoft tightens integration between Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business

By Juan Carlos Perez | 09 October, 2014 03:20

Microsoft wants to promote the use of OneDrive for Business among Office 365 customers, so it's building links between the work cloud storage service and Outlook Web App (OWA), the suite's browser-based email interface.

Microsoft follows Google to education sector with Office 365 app for teachers

By Juan Carlos Perez | 08 October, 2014 09:23

Microsoft has created a classroom assistance application for OneNote and SharePoint Online in Office 365, soon after Google released a similar one for its Apps email and collaboration suite.

Will Windows 10 TP's spooky data collection carry over to final version?

By Juan Carlos Perez | 07 October, 2014 08:06

Windows 10 Technical Preview stealthily collects lots of user data and transmits the information to Microsoft, leading some to wonder whether or not the OS will shed these practices once the testing period ends.

Microsoft takes the hassle out of Office 365 email encryption

By Juan Carlos Perez | 04 October, 2014 07:59

When Microsoft announced message encryption for Office 365 in November, it came with a potentially annoying requirement: People receiving the encrypted messages had to be logged into a Microsoft account to view them.

Trying Windows 10 Tech Preview? Keep these 7 things in mind

By Juan Carlos Perez | 02 October, 2014 09:47

Microsoft has kicked off the Windows 10 public testing period, but the company wants the fearless enthusiasts willing to participate in the Insider Program to be aware of a number of things before they jump in.

Microsoft weaves around Office bloat complaints with Sway authoring tool

By Juan Carlos Perez | 02 October, 2014 02:05

Reacting to chronic complaints that Office applications have become unwieldy with endless menus and features, Microsoft is developing a streamlined presentation application built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing.

With Windows 10, a contrite Microsoft will try to atone for Windows 8 mistakes

By Juan Carlos Perez | 01 October, 2014 09:47

Humbled by businesses' dislike for Windows 8, Microsoft has issued a mea culpa, offered the world a first peek at Windows 10 and pledged that the new OS will delight IT executives. But the true test of whether Microsoft can move past its Windows 8 mistakes will come when Windows 10 is commercially released at some point next summer.

Tasked with promoting Office 365? Microsoft has a website for you

By Juan Carlos Perez | 30 September, 2014 08:11

Aware that the "if you build it, they will come" principle doesn't always apply to newly deployed IT systems, Microsoft has developed a website to help companies promote Office 365 usage among employees.