Microsoft will make its Office software suite available to mobile devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in 2013, according to reports in The Verge.
The reports state that Microsoft plans plans to enable users to access Office branded mobile versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The Apple iOS and Android apps will be free to download and will provide basic document viewing functionality to all users. Access to a premium version of Office will require a Microsoft Office 365 account.
A year ago the world lost a famous business visionary and the driving force behind Apple. Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011.
Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple, gave this statement to mark the anniversary:
Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his future legacy into the future.
I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.
Apple posted this short tribute video, to honour Steve Jobs, on their website:
Apple is due to release the next major update to its mobile operating system software — iOS 6 — later today.
As well as the new iPhone 5, it should comfortably work on the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, the new iPad and iPad2 as well as the 4th and 5th generation iPod touch.
New features include:
Facebook sharing integrated into the operating system (as Twitter was in the latest version of iOS 5).
Maps updated. Now created by Apple, rather than Google, and include ‘turn-by-turn’ directions and ‘flyover’ 3D views.
Siri updated to perform more requests, including updating Facebook (But it still has a way to go to fulfil its potential as an ‘intelligent’ digital assistant)
Passbook — To keep your digital boarding passes, cinema tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. An early indication of Apple’s intent in the battle for the mobile wallet and the one to watch.
Facetime — now works over cellular, not just wi-fi, to take advantage of the 4G iPhone 5. Will it kill Skype on the iPhone/iPad/iPod…?
New phone features (yep, the iPhone is a phone) including targeted “Do Not Disturb” and refuse a call with a text.
Updated Mail with a cleaner design and a VIP list.
Updated Safari, allowing offline viewing of saved pages and pick-up your use of Safari where you left off on other Apple devices.
Microsoft’s Surface tablet will launch at the same time as Windows 8, on October 26th 2012, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The announcement appeared in Microsoft’s Annual Report but applies only to the less powerful version of the two Surface devices Microsoft has unveiled. The device, based on ARM processors rather than Intel’s, is the first computer that Microsoft has produced itself. The more powerful version, which will use Intel chips is expected in early 2013. Click to continue reading: Microsoft Surface tablet will launch October 26
Apple will reveal the next-generation iPhone, which many expect to be called the ‘iPhone 5′, a much-rumored smaller iPad model that some have dubbed the ‘iPad mini’ and a new iPod nano on September 12th, according to unsubstantiated reports.