The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th. This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before. For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.
Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version. Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.
We love rumors and tech product leaks here at BVA and the newest one we are excited about is the possible Microsoft RT 2 tablet. While Microsoft hasn’t been open about a release date as of yet but it looks like they are trying to make a name for themselves in the tablet market. Rumor has it that they may be coming out with three new products in the Surface family. One is the ‘Microsoft Surface Pro 2’ which will have a user friendly 11.6″ display along with a AMD ‘Temash’ APU. Another product that is stirring around the rumor mill is a 14.6″ ‘Surface Book’ that is a tablet-laptop mutt sort of speak. It will apparently have a next-gen 22nm “Haswell” chip from intel. The third and final new product is a small version to compete against the iPad mini with a 8.6″ display and utilize a Qualcomm chipset rather than the Nvidia’s Tegra 3. Time will tell whether or not these products will be on store shelves. Personally I can’t wait to see what Microsoft have up their sleeves in terms of tablet products.
All of here at BVA know that in todays world tech viruses are inevitable, here is the latest one to catch our eye. Some Chinese Android users (roughly 1 million of them) have become victims of Trojan-based botnet attack. Kingsoft Duba was the security firm that first noticed it back in 2011. ‘Android.Troj.mdk’ is said to have been hidden in 7,000 apps and once it infected the phone the victims smartphone hackers could remotely control it. From there they could install other apps along with take sensitive data like contact lists, messages, videos, and anything else the device had stored on it. This virus has, for the most part, been confined to China like another Android botnet Rootstrap that infected about 100,000 mobile devices through SMS messages last year.
Rumors are the Microsoft will be launching Office 2013 to customers at the end of this month. It has been available to business customers since November 2012 and had a preview earlier than that. Now they are ready for everyone else to buy it and use it. Microsoft 2013 has many of the options we have loved for awhile along with some more options to personalize your Windows experience. Office 2013 will have the standard Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Like normal it can be placed on up to 5 Macs, PC’s, or mobile devices as well. The nice thing about this version is it have been tested on Surface RT tablets too. One thing that I like about the newer Office products is it has adapted to the ever evolving cloud computing world. Customers are able to save work in SkyDrive or SharePoint where it is easy to do what you please with it. Social Networking is no stranger to Microsoft Office either, you can view Facebook updates and LinkedIn feeds using Outlook with ease. There are many variations of Office 365 including Home Premium, Small Business, ProPlus, and Enterprise to customize what suites you best. To get a better idea of what is the best for you follow this link from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en/whats-new
With a rating of 4.6 out of 5 on Google Play it is no wonder the Dropbox app is a huge hit with consumers. With the new 2.3 version you can now share and delete several photos at once, organize your photos into albums, along with UI improvements and updates throughout. It still holds true to having up to 3 GB of free space for uploading photos automatically like its older 2.1 version. The big draw for Dropbox users is the fact that it makes photo sharing a breeze. If you have the “Camera Upload” feature enabled you can add photos to your gallery and select images to share via (Gmail, SMS, Facebook, Google+, ect.). From there the the recipient gets the link and can add it to their own Dropbox account or feel free to just download the images if they do not have one. And to think it was not long ago when we took our camera rolls to get developed at the store, oh how times change! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android&hl=en
All of us here at BVA love to hear about great devices especially when they come with a good price tag. The Lenovo IdeaTab A2017 is the latest to catch our eye. This Android 4.0 tablet comes packed with 3G, 7″ screen, up to 8 hours of battery life, HD Video with 720p playback, front and rear webcams for taking photo’s and video chatting plus more all in this 0.9 lb. lightweight machine. You also have the app options through both Google Play and Lenovo App Shop to keep your mind and fingers busy. AT&T currently has a deal that if you buy a two year service agreement they will knock off $100 off of the price of the tablet. Not a huge fan of signing contracts? Well, AT&T is selling this tablet for a mere $199.99 without a contract. Either way it’s a good deal if you’re shopping around for a deal on a tablet. http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23663&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35928
For those of you who own the Windows RT tablet know that the only place you can buy apps from is the Window’s Marketplace. For some of you this may be fine, but for others it was just not acceptable. XDA Developers have created an RT Jailbreak Tool that overrides that function and allows for app side-loading. Even though this is extremely helpful it does also have its downfalls like having to repeat the process every time the tablet reboots. Now this may not be worth it to some of you but if you are interested click here(I’ll link it to http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2092158 ) to read the how-to’s of jail-breaking your RT.