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Microsoft Releases Office 365 & Office 2013

Microsoft Office 365 & Microsoft Office 2013 is now available (as of 30th January 2013)! you can get it from your favourite computer stores or online directly from Microsoft Store Singapore Online Store.

If you have bought the previous version of Microsoft office between 19th October 2012 to 30th April 2013, you are entitled to a free upgrade, just go to office.com/offer to redeem your copy of Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2013. The redemption period is between 29th January 2013 and 31st May 2013.

Microsoft Office 365   Microsoft Office 2013 Professional
Microsoft Microsoft Office 365 (Left), Office 2013 Professional (Right)

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Microsoft’s New Corporate Logo

Microsoft has gotten a new corporate logo after 25 years! It was unveiled last Thursday, 23rd August 2012.

It’s been 25 years since we’ve updated the Microsoft logo and now is the perfect time for a change. This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to the next version of Office, you will see a common look and feel across these products providing a familiar and seamless experience on PCs, phones, tablets and TVs. This wave of new releases is not only a reimagining of our most popular products, but also represents a new era for Microsoft, so our logo should evolve to visually accentuate this new beginning.

Microsoft New Corporate Logo
Microsoft New Corporate Logo

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Developer Summit. Before I start, existing Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) users will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 due to hardware differences and hence they will be getting a minor update dub Windows Phone 7.8 in a few weeks time that bring some changes to the start screen for existing users.

My summary of Windows Phone 8 from the summit:
Hardware

Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Start Screen

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Microsoft Surface Tablet

Looks like Microsoft has jumped on the tablet bandwagon with Microsoft Surface. I have no idea whether the official name is Microsoft Surface or Microsoft Surface Tablet, because when I think of Microsoft Surface, I would think of the huge touchscreen “device”.

It seems that Microsoft had renamed the old surface to Microsoft PixelSense and I am assuming that Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Surface Tablet means the same thing.

Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft Surface Tablet

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Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8 Release Preview has been released!

This is our final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store. Since our first preview release last September, millions of people now use the pre-release product on a daily basis and millions more have been taking it through its paces, totaling hundreds of millions of hours of testing. We genuinely appreciate the effort that so many have put into pre-release testing, and of course, we appreciate the feedback too. Direct feedback and feedback through usage contributed to hundreds of visible changes in the product and tens of thousands of under-the-hood changes.

Microsoft Windows 8 Logo
Microsoft Windows 8 Logo

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Google Drive

Google Drive is finally here after years of waiting! Just in time to jump to cloud syncing/storage bandwagon. Microsoft has released their new SkyDrive 2 days ago.

Dropbox now faces some serious competition. I am a paying Dropbox user (Dropbox Pro 50 (50GB plan) – US$99/year) for almost 2 years now and I have used up about 95% of my storage space and I didn’t want to go to the Pro 100 (100GB plan) because at US$199/year it is pretty expensive. I hope this competition will drive down the prices for Dropbox, if not I would have to switch to Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive.

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Microsoft Singapore Officially Launch Windows Phone 7.5

Microsoft Singapore officially launches Windows Phone 7.5 yesterday. Windows Phone 7.5 has more than 500 new features and enhancements.

Both HTC Radar (RRP: S$569) and Samsung Omnia W (RRP: S$498) will be the first Windows Phone 7.5 to be released in Singapore. The HTC Radar will be available next month (October 2011) while the Samsung Omnia W will be available sometime in Q4 2011.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview

The last time we saw a preview of Windows 8 was during Computex back on 2nd June 2011. Yesterday at the BUILD conference, Microsoft showcased Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview.

The new Metro UI look awesome, hopefully this time round, Microsoft will make the UI consistent throughout the whole Windows. Microsoft has learned from their mistake and the Metro UI is now built for touch rather than mouse from the group up. It is just wrong slapping a touch UI to Windows 7, it just does not work.

Lock Screen
Lock Screen

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