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Microsoft has just released Service Pack 1 for its Office 2013 suite. While most of the update covers bug fixes and performance improvements (especially for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 users), it also incorporates the change of name from SkyDrive for OneDrive for Microsoft’s cloud storage services.
BlackBerry took its first steps towards its mobile device management (MDM)-centric future this week. At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, it announced plans for a new version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server by the end of 2014 and a free migration deal for users of other MDM platforms.
One of the most frequent (and justified) criticisms of Windows 8 is that the emphasis on touch-screen input actually makes the product harder to use for anyone with a mouse and keyboard — which is still the great majority of customers. Microsoft appears to be finally conceding that point, announcing plans for an update that will keep the “Modern” tiles but add more features for existing users.
While much focus and discussion of the so-called “Big Data revolution” has been on the data itself and the exciting new applications it is enabling — from Google’s self-driving cars through to CSIRO and University of Tasmania’s better information systems for oyster farmers — less focus has been on the underpinning technologies and the talent driving these technologies. At the heart of the Big Data movement is a range of next generation database technologies that enable data to be amassed and analysed on a scale and speed hitherto unseen.
This is a name change we can get on board with: Office Web Apps (the cut-down free browser-based version of the Office suite) is now known as Office Online. It also has a much simpler site address: Office.com.
HP’s Chromebook 11 is an impressive device on the road, but if you’re an early adopter you may need a replacement charger. HP is recalling one model of charger shipped in Australia because of potential problems.