Best Windows 10 web browser: The favorites for 2017 [This post has been completely updated and republished several times since its initial publication in 2013. Most recent update: July 26, 2017.] Microsoft has a well-established support lifecycle for its software products. As I've noted before, it's basically an agreement that the company makes with everyone who purchases a license to use its core products, Windows (desktop and server) and Office. That assurance of support is especially important for business customers, who tend to be conservative in their approach to upgrades. Historically, the support lifecycle for each new version of Windows or Office is 10 years, with mainstream support for five years and extended support for another five years. (For details on what each support phase means and how end-of-support dates are calculated, see the end of this post.) The 10-year support lifecycle is in the process of changing, as Microsoft moves to its "Windows as a service" … [Read more...] about When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?
Sharepoint 2016 release date
If you have never heard of SharePoint, you have probably been living under a rock. Microsoft’s enterprise collaboration platform is embedded in almost all medium and large organizations in some fashion or form, and SharePoint Online is part of the Office 365 subscription service, meaning that hundreds of thousands of users have access to the software. As part of the Office 365 subscription, you automatically get the latest version of the software.But SharePoint is as complex as ever, and if you’ve used earlier versions of SharePoint, you’ll find that in the 2016 and Office 365 “next wave” releases, Microsoft has definitely moved the cheese. The interface is different than it was in earlier versions of SharePoint, and some ways you interact with the software have changed. Or perhaps you are new to SharePoint, or are interested in teasing out the power of SharePoint Online as you work with your team.That’s what this cheat sheet is for. Inside, … [Read more...] about SharePoint Online cheat sheet
The good news: Microsoft has finally brought SharePoint file synchronization to OneDrive. The bad news: Some details may confuse you and your users about how it all works.Businesses have very different approaches to data sharing among users: Some love the idea of a single portal to shared files, while others hate it. Plus, SharePoint can be more than a project file repository (it’s also meant to support discussions and workflow via project websites), and other value becomes invisible when accessed via OneDrive.Microsoft’s goal is to consolidate its various file managers into one, says Seth Patton, Microsoft’s general manager for OneDrive and SharePoint. That way, OneDrive and SharePoint stores are treated the same as network and local drives for both the operating system and applications. That’s exactly the right goal.But a few differences from platform to platform can confuse both IT and users to taking full advantage of Office 365’s new all-in-one … [Read more...] about Untangle OneDrive and SharePoint integration in Office 365
Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing for you, so you don’t have to.Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.Note: This story covers updates released to regular Office 365 for Windows subscribers. If you’re a member of Microsoft’s Office Insider preview program or want to get a sneak peek at upcoming features, see the company’s … [Read more...] about Office 365: A guide to the updates
Microsoft's SharePoint mobile application has been released on the iOS platform months ago, but Android users have been skipped from the initial launch.The good news is the Redmond-based company is likely to release SharePoint for Android very soon. The beta version of the application is now available for download on Google Play, but it's not compatible with all Android devices.Tagged as “unreleased application,” SharePoint for Android “helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, and even a view into what the people you work with are working on.”Users can get to team websites and intranet portals they follow or visit frequently, as well as promoted resources programmed by their organization. The application also offers the ability to view team site activity based on recent and popular files.Another important feature of SharePoint for Android is the fact that enables users full access … [Read more...] about Microsoft releases beta version of SharePoint for Android