Marrisa Mayer at Yahoo orders all remote employees to either grab a desk at the office or lose their job. The press is mixed but generally praises this decision and calls it brave.
Microsoft tells customers to start renting Office via Office 365 or purchase a severely limited perpetual license. The press hates this decision, calls it draconian, and tells us everyone will switch to Google Docs.
You gotta love the drama that is tech journalism. I know I do. Meanwhile, I’m celebrating Office 2013 GA by taking an early Spring Break with the family. It’s good to get away. But don’t think for second I’m gone. This is the Interweb! I can be anywhere and still be here.
Office news & editorials
- Office 2013 sentenced to death by licensing :: It’s simple. The sooner you move to the cloud (Office 365), the sooner you will be in Microsoft’s good graces. Sure, you can purchase a traditional, perpetual license of Office 2013 but it isn’t as good a deal as Office 365. Read more about the licensing issues here, here, here, & here.
- Microsoft takes heat for ‘draconian, obtuse’ Office 2013 license terms :: Yes they do and deservedly so. The author asks, “What does it mean?”, for the answer, see my commentary above.
- Why Microsoft’s new Office 2013 license may send users to Google Docs :: Because the tech journalists say so, that’s why.
- What are reviewers calling feature-rich, stunning, and game-changing? :: Nothing like tooting your own horn. Actually, this is what Texans call a round-up. But this round-up here isn’t of cattle, it’s of favorable news links regarding Office 2013. I make fun but full disclosure… I really like Office 2013.
Office tips, tricks & tools
- Office 2013 Tip: Manage your documents Backstage :: The backstage is perplexing to a lot of users. This is as good an explanation as I have seen.
- A guide to syncing Outlook and Google Apps :: I hope this works. I’ll try it when I return to my Office. I need it to work.
- Disabling Excel’s help system :: A really clever tip covering a scenario I never thought of.
Office developer items of note
- SharePoint provider hosted app walkthrough :: Start learning the new SharePoint app model.
- Building a SharePoint 2013 app to embed Yammer feed in SharePoint Online :: Start figuring out how to use Yammer in your SharePoint solutions.
- SharePoint 2013 Balsamiq mock up template :: If you use Balsmiq to mockup design ideas and you plan to develop with SharePoint 2013… download this template for later use.