Microsoft wants Office file formats included in UK government open standards push

Microsoft has written an open letter to partners appealing for help in persuading the UK government to include the Open XML (OOXML) formats of Microsoft Office among its officially supported set of open standards for documents. The software giant is so concerned that its own file formats will not be included in the set of […]

Microsoft goes live with cloud-based Power BI for Office 365

Microsoft has fully released Power BI for Office 365, its cloud-based business intelligence (BI) platform designed to deliver analytics and visualisation tools to a broader business audience. Announced on Microsoft’s official blog, Power BI for Office 365 has already been available as a preview since last summer. The platform is intended to give Microsoft customers […]

Microsoft puts Scott Guthrie in charge of Cloud and Enterprise after Nadella CEO move

Microsoft has announced that Scott Guthrie, vice president for Windows Azure, is to take Satya Nadella’s place heading up the firm’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at least for the short term. The move was announced during a Q&A session with Satya Nadella on the day it was disclosed that he had been selected as Microsoft’s […]

Microsoft looks to strengthen Dynamics CRM with Parature buy

Microsoft has completed a deal to buy cloud customer engagement firm Parature, in a bid to bolster its Dynamics CRM platform and to compete with firms such as Salesforce and Oracle. Parature’s software is used in medium-to-large organisations around the world, with major brands including Ask.com, IBM, Konami and Travelodge contributing to its 70 million-strong […]

Microsoft plans Office 2013 SP1 release, updates SkyDrive app for iOS 7

Microsoft has announced a number of updates to its Office and cloud-based services, including Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2013 coming next year, Office 365 Message Encryption and an updated SkyDrive app for Apple’s iOS 7. The software giant disclosed in a blog post that it plans to release Service Pack 1 for the […]

Microsoft updates OneNote tablet app with ability to scan and search images

Microsoft has unveiled an updated version of its OneNote app that enables Windows tablet users to scan using their device’s camera and then search any text within those scans. The update also makes it easier to capture notes from other apps. In a post on its Office blogs site, the software giant said the changes […]