Microsoft Could Release A Touch-Friendly Version Of Office For Android Before It Comes To Windows 8 – Yahoo Finance
To purchase an updated OS for all of these systems is just not feasible in today’s economic climate for many of these businesses. RollBack XP aims to be the premier recovery solution for Windows XP in this regard. Lyle Patel, President and CEO of Horizon DataSys, said: “We are doing this because there is a huge need for it. With over a billion users remaining, the cost for every single one of those to upgrade is massive. If we can provide even a percentage of those users with the power to fix virtually any PC disaster, then it’s our mission to do so.” RollBack XP will feature an option to make 5 snapshots. The program works just like RollBack RX, but with a limited number snapshots because it is a freeware product. An option will be available for users who wish to upgrade to a paid version with unlimited snapshots. RollBack XP will solve many of the issues that require users to protect Windows XP. Any malware, viruses or security threats that will now target XP specifically can be prevented with the use of RollBack XP. It is possible that the major anti-virus developers won’t be writing definitions for these latest threats since they have to focus on protecting newer operating systems. With RollBack XP, anti-virus won’t be necessary on an XP machine, as a diligent user can simply take a new snapshot every single day and roll back within seconds. How it Works RollBack XP will function at the subset of the PC’s hard drive, just like RollBack RX does. It also comes with a sub-os built in that installs beneath Windows, allowing the user to access the program’s features before Windows boots up. This enables the user to do things like take snapshots, RollBack to a previous snapshot, or uninstall RollBack XP if necessary. Working at the subset of the hard drive means that it does not deal with Windows at file level.
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Office for Android could be available before the end of 2014 with a similar touch-friendly version Office for Windows 8 not available until 2015, Foley reports. On the surface (excuse the pun) that seems shocking. But a closer look at what Microsoft is doing shows something else going on. Yes, there’s a new Microsoft, under its new CEO Satya Nadella where Microsoft will treat non-Microsoft platforms with respect. Nadella wants Microsoft software to “power experiences across devices,” as Nadella tweeted last week. “We will not be bound to one app, on one device, in one place.” That means if it makes more sense to release Microsoft software for another platform before Windows, that’s what the company will do. And in this case, it does. Microsoft has to bring Office to the tablets that enterprises and consumers are actually using today, or risk these customers finding alternatives and never coming back. That risk doesn’t exist for Windows 8 tablet users. They can use Microsoft Office though Windows 8’s desktop mode, even though that’s not the best touch experience and is better used with a mouse and keyboard. Also remember that Microsoft is selling Office for iPad as a cloud subscription service that requires a monthly or annual fee. We would expect Microsoft to sell Office for Android the same way. That means you buy the cloud subscription for $10/month (or about $100/year) and run it on whatever device you want: a Windows PC, an iPad or whatever else. It makes no difference to Microsoft’s bottom line and it allows the company to try and convince customers to upgrade to Windows tablets at a later a time. Meanwhile, Microsoft could be saving the touch-friendly version of Office to help it inspire people to upgrade to Windows 9 when it’s released. Windows 9 could be the OS that gets people excited about Windows again, similar to how Windows 7 trumped Vista. And Windows 9 is on track for a fall 2015 date, Foley’s sources say. More From Business Insider
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