Hold onto your iPads; Samsung sings the blues; more
>> Hold onto your iPads, Office fanboys
Hold onto your iPads, Office fanboys. Microsoft might be ready to offer a touch-optimized version of Office just for you. Michael Balmer, soon to be ex-CEO of Microsoft, revealed at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this week that a touch-first version of the ubiquitous Office suite of products will be available soon for Windows tablets and then for iPads, according to a report by The Verge. The touch-first version of Office is "in progress," Balmer said. This news follows the release of Office for iPhone in June, after years of Microsoft dragging its feet on Office versions for Apple products. Read more on Balmer's news.
>> Here comes Google Nexus 5
Google's Nexus 5 appears ready to be unveiled, judging by rumors and the fact that flagship Nexus 4 is out of stock on Google Play, according to a report by eWeek. In addition, a leaked manual outlining features of a new smartphone from LG appears to be the Nexus 5, judging by the features, design specs and support text. The Nexus 5 could be hitting stores in time for the holiday season, the report noted. Check out the eWeek Nexus 5 slide show.
>> Samsung sings the 'I'm not a US firm' blues
Unlike its US-based rival Apple, Samsung was not able to convince the US Trade Rep to overturn a US import ban on certain models of its smartphones and tablet judged to violate Apple's patents, according to a report by the IDG News Service. The USTR decided not to veto an import ban imposed in August by the US International Trade Commission on the Galaxy S 4G, Captivate, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other older Samsung devices. This decision contrasts with the USTR decision to overturn a U.S. import ban on Apple products imposed by the ITC for infringing Samsung patents. Guess it pays to be headquartered in the USA. Read more on the USTR's decision.
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>> Microsoft beefs up mobile Lync offerings
Microsoft has added new features to its Lync unified communications mobile client, which enables users to access UC functions, such as instant messaging, voice-over-IP and video conferencing, using their mobile devices. The new features include the ability to join and participate in a Lync IM or video meeting without having to own a Lync account and to start an unscheduled Lync meeting directly from the mobile device. In addition, Microsoft is adding authentication mechanisms to Lync mobile apps to reduce the need to store credentials on the devices. However, the recent updates for the Lync mobile client have only included Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad, not Android devices, complained Jake in a comment about Microsoft's announcement. Read more on the new Lync mobile features.
>> Gartner hypes mobile workforce, HTML5 growth
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