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There was a time when I barely thought of #OneDrive, not because I wasn’t interested in it but because the technology did what it needed to and got out of the way. That was the time of Windows 8/8.1 and it was great.

In some way this has improved with Windows#10, especially with the Photos app. I can see all my photos on my OneDrive and those that are uploaded from my phone without needing to eve...

Apple’s event only had 1 real surprise, an endorsement from the company that Microsoft’s software, hardware and productivity strategies are working. In the months and weeks leading up to the event much of what #Apple announced had already been leaked so the new #iPadPro, incremental update to the #iPhone and reinvention of the Apple TV were expected. What I, and many others, didn’t expect was just...

Before #Build2015 started I wanted one thing from it, a reason why anyone should buy into the #Microsoft ecosystem. In short, I could buy an iPhone, have access to more access to more apps than with Windows and still use all of Microsoft’s services. Why then would I buy a Microsoft product? You can read more about why I wanted this here - http://www.piptell.com/Home/Pip/4358

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I have probably used the same positive adjectives every year following Build's day 1 keynote such as "amazing", "exciting" and "fantastic". However, for 2015's keynote I am using words such as "surprising", "shocking" and "stunning". The twist is I am not using these adjectives as negatives but as massive positives.

It was surprising that #Microsoft announced Visual Studio Code, bringing a fami...

#Microsoft today announced that with 2016 being a leap year there will be a new #Office subscription, Office 366. The new subscription will allow users to work all 366 days of 2016 as the current Office 365 subscription wouldn't let them work on February 29th.

We know our customers work hard every day of the year and we want our software and services to reflect that.

Microsoft is keen to str...

Today #Microsoft is announcing two big pieces of news for #Office. The first is that after several months of beta testing the Office for #Android apps the company now feels that they are ready for prime time and are launching the apps for the OS. The piece of news is that the company is today releasing a new #Outlook app for both #iOS and Android.

Office for Android

After extensive testing on...

As I dig around the latest build of #Windows10 I have found that the #OneNote app is actually the new preview version and not, as I was expecting, the version found on Windows 8.1.

This app features a new touch UI including a version the ribbon UI. This same UI is being incorporated into the other #Office touch apps too and if you are familiar with the touch apps on iOS and Android then you wil...

I have already covered the changes that are coming in #Windows10 but I thought I would also cover the specific changes that will affect #WindowsPhone users when they upgrade to the new OS. You can read about Windows 10 in depth here - http://www.piptell.com/Home/Pip/4294

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First things first, the name of the Windows 10 version for phones will be Windows 10. There had been much speculation ab...

In less than 4 hours #Microsoft will be holding its much speculated about #Windows10 media briefing in Redmond. As to be expected Microsoft is live streaming the whole thing and you can watch it here - http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/

If, however, you are unable to watch the live stream or want additional coverage I will be live tweeting it from http://twitter.com/MichaelGillett I imag...

Nokia had long been focused on the lower end of the phone market with ever lower spec'ed and priced #Lumia devices. That mentality carried over when #Microsoft acquired them last year and today we see the latest step in offering smart phones at more affordable prices, the #Lumia435 and #Lumia532.

The new Lumias come with similar specs; both come with Windows 8.1 with the Denim fireware, 1GB of ...

The missing piece of #MyMicrosoftLife was a subscription to #Office365 and so over the festive period I decided it was about time I rectified that. Of course, it being the festive period there were a number of offers and promotions available that made buying a subscription that bit easier.

Eventually I decided that my best option was to buy a #HP #Stream7 from the Microsoft Store for £79.99 tha...

After inadvertently announcing this last week in a unpublished blog post #Microsoft has today confirmed that it has acquired the #iOS and #Android email app maker #Acompli.

Acompli is a popular app that supports a number of email systems but importantly for Microsoft it supports Exchange with integration for contacts and calendar. The app will fill the gap on iOS as Microsoft doesn't currently ...