Microsoft Muscles in on Google Users

The gloves are off.

A recent announcement from Microsoft and Dell stated that Dells’ newest Android-powered devices will be receiving Office apps pre-installed – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype.

It’s a clear sign of Microsoft pulling Android users away from Google’s services towards their own.

Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s head of business development, said in a press release:

“For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of an enrich people’s experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem.

“We’ve proven that we’re not afraid to look outside ourselves to reinvent ourselves. We’ve received fantastic customer feedback for making Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype available across all platforms. But, we’re far from done. Now we see an opportunity to turn our focus to our device partners — easing mobile access to great apps and services for customers by pre-installing them directly on the device.”

But will other Android device manufacturers follow suit?

If they did Google could have a fight on its hands, although the search giant’s connected services still hold more allure because users know that a created document is available on any computer thanks to Google Docs.

Whatever happens, Dell Android users can look forward to Office apps on their devices later this year.

 

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Source: Pcpro.co.uk

Watch Out For “Freak”

protect against freak attack

According to a recent story in from the BBC, Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications. Although initially, it was thought to only affect Android and Blackberry phones and Apple’s Safari browser, it believes millions more may be at risk of losing data.

The Freak flaw allows attackers to force data travelling between a vulnerable site and a visitor to use weak encryption, making it easier to crack open the data and steal sensitive information. Research has suggested that 9.5% of the web’s top one million websites are susceptible.

How to get protected

Apple is expected to produce a patch for the flaw imminently and Google has updated its version of Chrome for Mac. Android have yet to say what action it is taking.

Microsoft has issued advice about how ti remove the vulnerability from some of its software. but said applying these fixes could cause “serious problems” with other programs/ It’s currently working on a separate security update to remove the vulnerability.

If you’re concerned about your computer, an online tool has been produced to help you check if you’re using a browser that’s vulnerable to the flaw.

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Windows 8 Update – Will it be 8.2 or 9?

According to PCPro Microsoft are gearing up to launch its next major round of updates to Windows 8, which will be a follow up to the Windows 8.1 update codenamed “Threshold”.

It is due to be announced at a dedicated press event on 30th September.

A Microsoft post on a Weibo suggested the next version of its OS would be called Windows 9 (the post has since been taken down), adding weight to reports that Microsoft is keen to drop the tarnished Windows 8 brand in favour of a fresh start with Windows 9.

Details of what it will be like are sketchy, but it is tipped that the new hybrid Start Menu will be unveiled along with the removal of the Charms bar.

We’ll bring you more news soon.

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