Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms. Overall, the update was very much in line with the other 100 changes Microsoft had made to its subscription-based Office version for consumers and businesses, but one feature stood out. Starting this week, all Office Web Apps will feature real-time collaborative editing – a feature previously only available to the Excel and OneNote web apps.
This in itself is an interesting move, but while talking about the update, John Case, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Office division, told me that this also signals a new way of thinking about the Web Apps inside of Microsoft.
In February, Microsoft will pull the plug on Xbox Video for anyone still using the Zune PC software, Zune devices, and Windows Phone 7 smartphones. This means that any content you've previously purchased will no longer play on the affected hardware.
Microsoft says this is the result of a video catalog update that will allow the company "to more quickly and efficiently add the highest quality video content to the Xbox Video service." You still own any content you've already purchase, of course.
Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it has made its latest browser, Internet Explorer 11, available to users of Windows 7 machines.
The new browser had already been part of the Windows 8.1 upgrade the company released last month.
This coming Tuesday, November 12, Microsoft will release eight updates for Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer to patch an as-yet unspecified number of vulnerabilities in them. Three of the updates, affecting Windows and Internet Explorer, are rated critical.
All supported versions of Windows, including the recently-released 8.1, are affected by at least one critical vulnerability. The one bulletin that affects Internet Explorer fixed a critical vulnerability in all versions of the browser, includng the brand new Internet Explorer 11. Three other Windows bulletins are rated Important.
Two other bulletins, both rated important, affect all supported versions of Microsoft Office.