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Microsoft Software to Attract Mobile Users

Microsoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software.

The company also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops.

Microsoft Donates Office 365 to Nonprofits

Microsoft has provided free copies of its Office 365 software to help increase their productivity.
 
Microsoft South Africa's office business head, Uriel Rootshtain, states that although non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operate in a similar manner as other organisations or businesses, many still lack the resources to implement the latest technology.

The donated software licence allows NGOs to conduct their business in a more efficient manner and because the software is up-to-date, it limits exposure to malware due to outdated applications.

Mobile Language Application for Zambia

Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia.

The Peace Corps say ‘Bantu Babel’, which is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers and host-country nationals communicate more effectively, is now available for Android-compatible devices in the Google Play store.

Microsoft to Replace Messenger With Skype

Microsoft has announced that it will ‘retire’ its Messenger online chat feature on March 15 and replace it with the Skype Internet telephony service it bought last year.

The company sent an e-mail message advising Messenger users to update to Skype using their same account information in advance of the deadline.

"You'll be able to instant message and video chat...just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet," it further explained.

Microsoft to be Fined Over Browser Commitment

Software giant, Microsoft, faces yet more heavy fines after it promised to offer clients a choice of web browser but has failed to do so, according to the European Union’s (EU) competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia.

Almunia says that the company has not made the change so far and inevitably faces more fines - to follow some of the heaviest EU penalties ever - if it does not act soon.

Microsoft to Release Windows 8

Microsoft's next-generation operating system will be available in October 2012 as the software giant strives to stay relevant in a blossoming mobile era centred on tablets and smartphones.

Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer, points out that, "This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history."

Ballmer explains that Windows software designed to power the range of Internet-connected devices popular in modern lifestyles will be available to consumers as an update beginning in late October.

Google Launches ‘Drive’ Service for Users

Google has launched a long-anticipated ‘Drive’ service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet ‘cloud’.

Google vice president for Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, points out that, “Google Drive software has been tailored for Windows and Macintosh computers as well as smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software.”

The Product Donation Programme: Growth and Sustainability

The TechSoup Global Network grew tremendously over the past years. It includes 35 capacity-building NGO partners (including SANGONeT, a founding partner since 2006) serving 36 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. We launched new partnerships in Czech Republic, Egypt, Italy, Israel, and Sweden and added the product donation programme in Singapore as of September 2011.

Half of World's PCs Use Pirated Software – Survey

A Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey shows that almost half of personal computer users around the world get their software illegally, with China's massive market the worst culprit.

In its new survey, BSA found that 47 percent of personal computer users globally believe there is nothing wrong with using unauthorised copies of software programmes.

The survey of 15 000 personal computer users in 32 countries found that Chinese users have the most relaxed attitude to piracy.

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