In an enterprise, the Owner/Manager/CEO comes across a decision – how to cut cost without affecting the efficiency of the employees. In this era, when people are debating openly in-favor or against Open Source or Closed End technologies, you need to decide the best way to go. If we compare Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps, there are quite variations and i’ll give all votes to Microsoft Office 365.
Office 365 has grown from a weak sibling to a major source of revenue for Microsoft. It provides all relevant features which all organizations require, around the clock. All an executive requires is an Internet Enabled Device and he is hook to his email courtesy Microsoft Exchange, or editing documents with Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Gone are the days, when companies used to pay heavy amount for the licensed version of Microsoft Office, whose half of the components were irrelevant to a normal user. With Yammer, you are mixing your desktop with conference room and have all features at one place. Google apps on the other hand, haven’t posed much competition to this excellent product from Microsoft Stable.
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Microsoft is testing the beta version of the Windows Phone 8.1 which include a notification center and a Siri like personal assistant. The complete specifications are planned to be disclosed in the Build Developer Conference in April, 2014. The phone will also have missing parts from the previous version like audio controls, Bing smart search, VPN support etc. – http://bit.ly/19taMok
Redmond based Microsoft and Finland based Nokia’s board of directors approved the acquisition of Nokia’s devices and the services business by the IT giant – Microsoft. Microsoft Corporation will also license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. The price for this acquisition is whooping $7.17 billion. Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/Sep13/09-02AnnouncementPR.aspx
Gartner.com made a forecast in October, 2012 that wearable smart electronics in shoes, tattoos, and accessories will emerge as a US$10 billion industry by 2016. Keeping with the trend and worried about it’s declining sales of PCs, Microsoft may launch a smart wrist watch, like other IT giants (Apple and Samsung, are already working on this). It has requested suppliers to provide 1.5 inch display for the prototype of potentially “watch-like-device”. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034623/report-microsoft-may-also-make-smart-watches.html