Microsoft Corp. has launched the new Office Suite of applications including desktop staples Outlook email, Excel charts, Word and PowerPoint for the consumers after spending two and a half years in its making.
“The notion of an always up-to-date streaming version of Office comes directly from how people are using devices today,” Kurt DelBene, head of Microsoft’s Office unit, said to Reuters.
Consumers, after downloading the basic programs online, can use all Office applications with five devices on a subscription of $100 a year. This new office has been launched to work in competition with the popular online-only Office style applications by Google, which are available free for home users but for businesses, available for $50 per year.
Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage system and the company’s OneNote note-taking software are now present as iPad apps and iPad users can use limited Web versions of some Office applications. Although iPad availability of the Office applications is a demanded thing but it would decrease the market of the company’s own Surface tablet. The Office 365 works only with Windows 7 and Windows 8 but not with Windows XP. It has several new productivity features including editing PDFs in Word: Excel tweaks for faster chart making, and enhanced presented mode in PowerPoint. Read more…
Apple has recently released the financial results for the first quarter (Q1) 2013 representing about $54.5 billion in revenues and a quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion or $13.81 per diluted share.
This $54.5 billion is on the top of the “Largest Corporate Annual Earnings of All Time” while $13.1 billion in earnings this quarter has been referred to as the 4th largest of all time. Apple has taken the top spot from ExxonMobil, who held the top three spots until this quarter.
NASA has recently released two new Interactive E-books on the Apple’s store for iPad and for computers in non-interactive PDF form.
These books are written on a high-school level and the names of the books are as follows:
- Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries
- Webb Space Telescope: Science Guide
Hubble Space Telescope is working for more than 20 years and gave most of the interesting and important information. The book on the Hubble Space Telescope gives information ranging from dark energy to the colliding galaxies. On the other hand, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope would unhide more of the mysteries of the universe. It is the Hubble’s successor and the book on this Telescope explores the future of the astronomy.
“These new e-books from NASA will allow people to discover Hubble and Webb in a whole new way—both the science and the technology behind building them,” said Amber Straughn, astrophysicist on the Webb telescope project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “They collect all of the amazing resources about these two observatories in an excellent product that I think people will really enjoy.” Read more…
Brewster, the smart contacts app on iOS devices, launched in U.S. in July is now available in Europe. This app saw a huge rush of downloads that was “way beyond” the expectation about Brewster in U.S.
Steve Greenwood, founder and CEO of Brewster, said that he wanted to see whether the app could handle increased demand or not and that was the reason for not launching the app in U.S. and Europe together.
This app is built with the concept of managing contacts across different social networks, your phone and your email. The app aggregates and merges all the contacts from whatever the source you want and make connections on other users’ activity. In this way, it would become a centralized address book enabling the users to access those other networks.
This app could incorporate social networks with email. Users are able to find people by their names, interests, locations, and photos, if the other users have them and make it public.
Brewster was updated earlier this month to make it, in Greenwood’s words, “smarter, faster and more beautiful.” Read more…
Rocketmelt team has built an iPad app that is actually a type of browser without an address bar built on a regular stream from the favorite sites by the user. Read more…