Microsoft really wants to get you onto Microsoft 365 (formerly Office) but the older Office software is still available.
Well I’ve seen many “OMG did you know that Microsoft intends to shut down/start charging for MSN. Sign this petition to stop this” chain emails but incredibly enough, it’s no joke this time. Microsoft intends to retire MSN Messenger in the first quarter of 2013, replacing it with Skype, acquired in 2011.
Microsoft has announced its pricing for the Surface with Windows RT. While still enthusiastic about the product, the pricing is certainly no deal breaker at ~$600 with the cover keyboard. It’s not outrageous, comparable with the iPad + cover pricing, but Apple already has the world in its palm and my eeepad transformer cost ~$480 with the keyboard.
Skype, the innovative giant in video communication, has now been acquired by software giant Microsoft for $8.5 billion. I think that this fusion can potentially be really cool and I’m not the only one who’s excited about what can do together – check out what Skype’s CEO (now president) Tony Bates has to say about this acquisition.
Microsoft has recently launched Internet Explorer 9! And boy have they come a long way with their browser – you’ll find that IE9 is actually surprisingly capable. Try it out and see for yourself.