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Windows 10 Downloads Questioned, Office For iPad Pro: Microsoft Roundup

With all that Apple news this week, Microsoft kept things quiet, but there was some news out of Redmond, including questions about Windows 10 downloads and Office support for the iPad Pro.

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What is a tech company to do when Apple decides to suck all the air out of the room with details about the new iPhone 6s and iPad Pro? If that company is Microsoft, the best bet is to keep a low profile, but offer some tidbits about upcoming releases.

However, one piece of news from Microsoft this week didn't have anything to do with new releases. Late in the week word leaked out about questionable downloads of the new Windows 10 operating system. According to the Guardian, some people have reported that Microsoft is downloading the new OS to their machines without asking.

Specifically, users with the automatic update feature switched on with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 may get the Windows 10 updated downloaded to their desktop or laptop. However, the PC will not run the Windows 10 update unless the user gives the OK.

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In a statement to the Guardian, Microsoft writes: "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they'll need if they decide to upgrade."

Although users might not want Windows 10 just yet, they do seem eager to download the latest version of Office 2016, which Redmond announced this week will officially launch on Sept. 22. InformationWeek's Thomas Clayburn reports that Office 365 ProPlus subscribers have a new option called Current Branch for Business or CBB. This allows IT departments to download a limited number of features across an extended period of time.

The CBB feature for the Office 365 ProPlus version is available in February 2016.

As mentioned above, Apple took up most of the attention this week with the launch of its fall lineup. However, some Apple fans noticed that Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon as well.

On Sept. 9, Microsoft announced that its Office suite would work with Apple's new iPad Pro, which will bring Word, PowerPoint, and other popular productivity features to a tablet that could help redefine business computing. In addition, Microsoft announced additional support for the Apple Watch, as well as the iPhone 6s.

For longtime Redmond watchers this makes a lot of sense. Microsoft has been trying to move some of its more popular software suite away from working exclusively on Windows PCs. Instead, the idea is to make software such as Office available to a large group of users who prefer Android or iOS, but still need the productivity software Microsoft put out.

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It wasn't all fancy Apple events from Microsoft this week, as there was some serious cloud computing business to take care of back in Redmond.

On Sept. 8, Microsoft officially announced it would acquire Adallom, an Israeli company that focuses in on cloud security. The Wall Street Journal and other publications reported on the buy in July, but neither company would confirm.

This week Microsoft officially announced the acquisition in a blog post.

Finally, Microsoft announced that it is updating its Dynamic CRM suite with additional features and functionality, especially when it comes to making sure the cloud-based version has the same functionality as the on-premises version. There's also additional integration with Outlook, as well as (tentative) support for Cortana, the company's new digital assistant that's a counterweight to Apple's Siri.

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Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/15/2015 | 7:18:38 AM
Re: Congratulations!
@jmyerson, great points. Software and the keyboard is an important consideration for document creation and its editing. If the software is good then, users can accomplish a lot even in a non-traditional work environment.

Consider Office Lens, it is a great application that allows users to take images of whiteboards and documents, and convert it into text. Image processing has advanced exponentially during the last few years and the S Pen along with Android can convert on-screen hand writing into text -- it would be nice if a user could edit a Word document on an Android device with an S Pen. 

Software might already exist with this capability. However, it is important that Office provides the functionality because of anecdotal evidence. A long time ago, I attended a 3-month training course (traditional class room environment) for Office 2000 and did not want to upgrade to a newer version because, it implied that a refresher course would need to be completed. Overtime, the ecosystem grew, documentation support improved and YouTube made it possible to upgrade. I feel that users will buy into software only if the environment enables easy access to information.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/15/2015 | 6:19:34 AM
Re: Congratulations!
@Scott agreed. I think it is commendable of Microsoft to continue and try to make a place for its product/service in this specific market segment after years of failures and setbacks (Nokia's acquisition), there are many examples of other companies that just gave-up for instance, Blackberry.

In the long term, it will be interesting to see if a third mobile OS segment can be created. If productivity can be created then, users will demand the creation of a third segment. If effective and efficient resource deployment is created then again, a third segment will be required. For instance, users have to duplicate hardware by owning a 4th gen i5 as well as a Snapdragon 805 and the accompanying hardware such as, RAM and display, etc. Granted, it might require a few generational progressions to take place in hardware architecture design for this duplication problem to be fully addressed but, it seems that Microsoft is trying to address the problem with their cross-platform OS and Surface line, etc. 
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 3:02:04 PM
Re: Congratulations!
sferguson, I agree with your viewpoints on MS's approach to market dynamics of dominant platforms.  MS is offering Office 365 for 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets including iPad, Android, or Windows, plus 5 phones. It makes economic sense to subscribe for $99 a year than to purchase an Office for each operating system.
sferguson10001
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9/14/2015 | 7:49:51 AM
Re: Congratulations!
Thanks, Brian.

I think what you are seeing with Microsoft is the company playing catch-up, but not in the way it had done previously, when it was chasing whatever trend happened to be there. By focusing more on core IT -- cloud, mobility, enterprise apps, the company is back to where it started and is trying to leverage what it has into new fields. I think also you see that the company has accepted that iOS and Android are the two dominant platforms now and that it's better to get Office onto them now, instead of trying to convert everyone over to Windows Phone. At least in the short-term, you have a foothold while you try to bring the phone OS up-to-date.
jmyerson
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jmyerson,
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9/14/2015 | 7:17:33 AM
Re: Congratulations!
On my Android device, I use DoctoGo to edit my Office files. I can pair this device with the DoctoGo Application for my Windows desktop in order to sync files and folder with it. I also have the option to use Googe Drive, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive with DocToGo application. It would be nice to have bell and whistles of Microsoft Office application on the Android device. That depends on much memory the application can hold in the device. One more thing, I can attach a bluetooth keyboard to the device to do a fair amount of editing.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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9/14/2015 | 6:36:29 AM
Re: Congratulations!
Congratulations! I have read a large number of great articles by Scott in 2012/13 about the SaaS industry on the website "SaaS in the Enterprise".

The interrelated nature of the IT industry is interesting -- hardware, cloud and mobility environment, etc. Microsoft did not capitalize on the cloud or mobility and it has been trying to enter these areas as a big player. The move of Office onto Android devices will be welcomed by many users. However, Office documents are already viewable on Android devices hence, Office will have to enable some kind of editing tool that is easy to utilize if productivity is to be enhanced on mobile devices.

Otherwise, Android users will see another option besides the "Drive PDF Viewer", "Polaris Viewer 4.1" and "Hancom Office Viewer" or the device will just select the default application. 
jmyerson
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9/14/2015 | 5:03:28 AM
Congratulations!
I see you are now the Director of Application Development. Congratulations!  I knew you as the editoral director.  Your posted several in depth blogs on the SaaS in the Enterprise website. When I read each one, I always said to myself, "This person is analyzing the audience correctly." I was looking at what SaaS applications the audience needed, what value the audience placed on the application and how programming-savvy the audience was.
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9/14/2015 | 4:51:43 AM
Stronger cloud security
Acquiring Israeli Cloud Security Firm is good news.  This should address the needs of most audience members who see value in stronger cloud security.
jmyerson
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9/14/2015 | 4:42:20 AM
Eindows 10 update
I've haven't seen Windows 10 update downloaded to my computer. The automatic update switch has been turned on a while ago.
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