Microsoft plans to raise the price of its perpetually-licensed Office suite by 10% in October.The increases are part of a larger strategy, said Wes Miller, an analyst and licensing expert with Directions on Microsoft. "If you add all of these motions up, and look at other lightly-announced price increases, it clearly points towards encouraging customers that have avoided licensing Office 365, or now Microsoft 365, to...look again," Miller tweeted.Microsoft announced the price increase on its partner network website on Wednesday. "Office 2019 commercial prices will increase 10% over current on-premises pricing," the company said. According to a separate FAQ (download PDF), the Office 2019 price jump "represent(s) the significant value added to the product over time and ... better reflect costs and customer demand and align with cloud pricing.Other price increases comingThe application bundle will not be the only component to see a price increase. Also slated for an Oct. 1 boost … [Read more...] about Microsoft boosts Office 2019 price by 10%
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Be it a data breach, a terror attack, a natural disaster, a leadership scandal or even a major political event like Brexit, how companies deal with crisis events impacts everything from revenue to customer satisfaction and even stock price. In a time when ‘black swan’ events have almost become a regular part of business and political life, Global 2000 organisations are putting crisis management technologies at the very top of their technology investment lists.Amidst all of the recent uncertainty, video is quickly emerging as the most powerful—and preferred—corporate communication medium. Not only is video a personal, authentic and emotive way to communicate, it is also accessible from almost any device stakeholders use to consume content. Forward-thinking organisations understand that video accounts for three-quarters of online traffic and are now leveraging their enterprise video platforms as go-to systems for distributing information and connecting executives … [Read more...] about Crisis communication and the power of video
It was an arguably conservative year at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference. No mind-reading tech this time, and no Alexa-style video chat device with facial recognition and voice control, but that’s not to say nothing important happened. Oculus Go hit store shelves, and PyTorch 1.0, Facebook’s open source framework for deep learning, is due out in the coming months with deeper ONNA integration for better compatibility with other popular toolkits. Facebook also open-sourced its translation AI and its gameplay AI, which has already beaten formidable human Go players. Milestones were hit: Facebook image recognition achieved nearly 86 percent accuracy on ImageNet with the help of billions of Instagram photos and hashtags. And the Messenger Platform now has 300,000 bots made by 200,000 developers. Intent labeling for custom NLP is coming to Facebook pages, intelligent assistant M is beginning to translate … [Read more...] about AI Weekly: Facebook’s social AI vision of the future could be a lot of fun
Compared to last year’s event, which showed off tech that allowed people to hear through their skin and helicopters that delivered fiber optic cable, this year’s F8 conference was a more subdued affair. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the keynote not with a splashy entrance, but by addressing concerns from developers about how Facebook would work with them going forward, after the company paused third-party app review in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. If you missed the keynote, never fear — here’s everything Facebook announced at the conference on Day 1. We’ll update this story tomorrow with what Facebook announces during day 2. You’ll soon be able to clear your Facebook browsing history During Zuckerberg’s two days of testimony in front of Congress, it was clear that senators and representatives from both parties wanted Facebook to do a better job of helping users understand what data the company collects on them. So … [Read more...] about Everything Facebook announced at F8 2018
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?