Dropbox has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to let MS Office users access its service from within the Office apps, and allowing its users to edit Office files from their Dropbox mobile app. Users will be able to sync changes across devices and any edit they make will automatically be saved to their Dropbox account. The files created using this integration of Office and Dropbox could be stored and shared via Dropbox links like any other Dropbox files. As of now, this integration is only applicable to MS Office for Desktop, though according to the official announcement, Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will soon be able to take advantage of these new features.
The announcement, made in the form of a blog post over here, does not mention anything about the financials related to this partnership, or which one of the companies approached the other.
Microsoft has decided to collaborate with Docker Inc. by providing Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Docker Engine will be compatible with the next release of Windows Server, and Docker will provide Docker Engine images for Windows Server in the community-driven Docker Hub. According to the public release related to this announcement, developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications and tools.
Under this new partnership, Docker Hub will be integrated into Microsoft Azure directly through the Azure Management Portal and Azure Gallery, and the developers will be able to directly work with a pre-configured Docker Engine in Azure to create a multicontainer Dockerized application.
Microsoft has started removing the file-size limit it earlier placed on user files for its OneDrive account holders. What? You still can’t save individual files more than 2 GB in size? That’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with your computer or Internet. It’s just that the geniuses at Microsoft haven’t yet removed the file-size limit for every OneDrive account. Maybe they’re just testing how their hardware would react once they globally remove the size barrier. Nevertheless, it’s pretty cool that they are finally taking an ‘initiative’ like this, albeit a number of cloud storage and file hosting providers already provide their users with ‘file-size limit free’ service.
As mentioned before, there used to (for some people, still is) be a limit of 2GB on the size of individual files that could be uploaded/saved on Microsoft’s cloud storage service OneDrive.
I’ve never been a fan of MSN Messenger, but I don’t hate it either. It was one of the first IM clients which pioneered the era of social networking on the Internet, and when such an application is put to sleep, you can’t help but feel a little sad. MSN Messenger, which Microsoft started calling Windows Live Messenger sometime in 2005, was already abandoned by Microsoft outside People’s Republic of China, and now it will be brutally executed by the Redmond, Washington based company on 31 October. Many PRC users have received an email by Microsoft notifying them of the discontinuation of the service and advising them to make a shift to Skype.
Despite its association with one of the most ‘not-loved’ companies in the world, MSN Messenger did manage to win the hearts of its users during its lifetime.
If truth be told, I believed Microsoft had stopped being its evil former self, but apparently, there’s no coming back from the ‘zone’. Once you are there, you are there forever. If a report from a Chilean magazine is to be believed, Microsoft lobbied against the government use of free software and promoted proprietary software with the help of a Chilean Member of Parliament. The new bill has been proposed after a bill which promoted the government use of Free and Open Source Software was met with enthusiasm by the entire parliament, except from the alleged Microsoft’s lackey.
Microsoft’s ‘brother in arms’ is one Jorge Daniel Farcas Insunza who proposed a bill which promotes the use of proprietary software and talks about tax concessions to the firms who use proprietary software. The tax concessions on proprietary software are not a new thing, many countries provide that.
After having a long run with the most dominant force in the Operating Systems market, Steve Ballmer is leaving the board of Directors of Microsoft, which essentially ends his relationship with the company. The ex-CEO of Microsoft was with the company for more than three decades and has played various roles during his long stay. Ballmer had been associated with Microsoft ever since its beginning, but recently has been spending most of his time with the Clippers, in civic contribution, teaching and studying. He sent his ‘departure letter‘ to Satya Nadella, the current Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, yesterday.
I have never been a Microsoft fan, or of the people associated with Microsoft, but I still feel a little awkward about Ballmer’s departure. The guy was one of the originals and a reminder to Microsoft about their ‘humble’ beginnings. Regardless of my personal opinion, he will be missed.
We have sad news for all of you. Microsoft is dropping support for older versions of the world’s most widely used web browser for downloading other web browsers. You can use your beloved web browser’s older versions but Microsoft won’t release any security patches or provide technical support for those in the future. All you can do now is to update the best browser ever to be developed to its latest version. We are sad, almost on the verge of tears because Microsoft is abandoning our favorite web browser’s ancestors.
Too much? Ah, c’mon! Alright, let’s get back to the news. They are dropping support for older versions as those versions are not ‘optimized’ for the cloud and other services Microsoft provides. If you use Internet Explorer (we pity you), you are recommended by MS to update your IE to the latest version.