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But what Office provides is a language for doing office things. You don’t go in front of an audience without a PowerPoint deck. Businesspeople “live” in Excel; its language (it actually is a crypto-programming language) has become the language of money and budgets. For people who do work with symbols and language to make a living, they organize their thoughts into the containers and systems that Office provide. Office is not so much a software product as much as a dialect that we all speak in order to work.

The Great Works of Software — Medium (via thisistheverge)

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The vast majority of people do not have, nor will they ever have a personal computer. They haven’t been exposed to Windows or Office, or anything like that, and in their lives it’s unlikely that they will.

Stephen Elop, Microsoft’s new executive vice president of Devices, in the post announcing the completion of the deal to acquire Nokia. This is not your father’s Microsoft. (via parislemon)

We're Extending The Life Of Windows 7 Just Because

parislemon:

Mary Jo Foley:

The extension of the Windows 7 Pro preload-cutoff date is not related to the looming end-of-support date for Windows XP, said Shad Larsen, senior business program manager, Windows business planning team. Nor is it because of business-customer reticence to adopt Windows 8, Larsen insisted.

Instead, Larsen said that because Windows 7 remains the largest part of Microsoft’s installed base and is still in the midst of being deployed by business customers, Microsoft wants to make it easy and possible for businesses to continue to obtain it.

Those logic gap in those two paragraphs is hilarious. Microsoft is not extending the life of Windows 7 because of customer reticence to adopt Windows 8 — but rather it’s because Windows 7 remains the largest part of the business install base. But wait. Why is that? Because no one in their right mind wants a business machine that runs Windows 8!

Nothing to see here. Nothing at all.

kqedscience:

Bill Gates Admits That ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Was A Mistake
“We are confident that Bill Gates is a brilliant guy, but he just admitted to something that the entire world has known for decades.
Forcing early computer owners to simultaneously press the difficult key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to reboot their machines or stop a program from running was a mistake, the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign posted on YouTube.”
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kqedscience:

Bill Gates Admits That ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Was A Mistake

“We are confident that Bill Gates is a brilliant guy, but he just admitted to something that the entire world has known for decades.

Forcing early computer owners to simultaneously press the difficult key combination of Control-Alt-Delete to reboot their machines or stop a program from running was a mistake, the Microsoft co-founder said in an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign posted on YouTube.”

breakingnews:

Report: Microsoft gave NSA access to encrypted messages
Guardian reports Microsoft helped U.S. intelligence services access email, Skype and cloud storage, according to top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. 

The latest documents come from the NSA’s Special Source Operations (SSO) division, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the agency. It is responsible for all programs aimed at US communications systems through corporate partnerships such as Prism.
The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft’s Outlook.com portal from the moment the company began testing the service in July last year.
Within five months, the documents explain, Microsoft and the FBI had come up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on Outlook.com chats

Read more at guardian.co.uk.
Photo credit: Patrick Sinkel / AP

breakingnews:

Report: Microsoft gave NSA access to encrypted messages

Guardian reports Microsoft helped U.S. intelligence services access email, Skype and cloud storage, according to top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. 

The latest documents come from the NSA’s Special Source Operations (SSO) division, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the agency. It is responsible for all programs aimed at US communications systems through corporate partnerships such as Prism.

The files show that the NSA became concerned about the interception of encrypted chats on Microsoft’s Outlook.com portal from the moment the company began testing the service in July last year.

Within five months, the documents explain, Microsoft and the FBI had come up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on Outlook.com chats

Read more at guardian.co.uk.

Photo credit: Patrick Sinkel / AP

thisistheverge:

Microsoft’s transparent desktop lets you explore a 3D UI with your hands | The Verge

A project at Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group is looking to change this with a see-through computer that puts your hands in a 3D virtual environment. Created by Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger, the set-up is a bit different than what we’re used to — the keyboard is placed behind the monitor, which uses Samsung’s transparent LCD technology so that you can see your hands typing through the screen.