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Microsoft Announces New Basic Price Tier for Azure Web Sites

Azure Basic Price Tier

Prior to the Build conference earlier this month, Microsoft announced that they’d be cutting Azure’s prices for Compute and Storage on May 1.  This week, the price changes continue with the rollout of a new pricing tier for Azure Web Sites, called Basic.

Microsoft to Close Mobile Deal with Nokia, Possible Name Change Soon

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Since I started at Aptera in November, it’s seemed like I’ve spent most of my time writing about Microsoft renaming things. With the lawsuit assisted rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive and the strategy-indicating shift from Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure, I thought Microsoft was out of things to rename.

"Twitter for Business" is an Awful Idea, but Yammer's Actually Great.

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The pitch you’re most likely to hear for Yammer is that it’s “Facebook or Twitter for Your Business.” It’s a sentence that serves its purpose, in that you immediately get the idea, but it ultimately fails because it makes Yammer sound like the most boring thing in the entire universe.

Microsoft to Allow Developers to Respond to App Reviews

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Every developer’s had the experience of seeing a user review of their app and just losing their mind wanting to respond to it. While the first instinct might be to track the person down and show up at their house, Microsoft is slowly rolling out a new way for Windows Phone developers to interact with their users.

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Technology Digest: Week ending 4/18/2014

Aptera Technology Digest
The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Cloud, Mobile, Enterprise, Security, Productivity, and Big Data. 

Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise - It's hard to overstate the impact of Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors. 

Highlights from //build 2014 now available!

build conference highlights

Microsoft recently wrapped up the 2014 edition of its //build conference. Whether you were at the conference and didn’t get to see everything you wanted to or you couldn’t make it out to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, Microsoft’s giving you the chance to catch up by posting a ton of the content online.

Microsoft OneNote Mac Team Covers "Les Mis"

Microsoft OneNote

Alright, we’ll warn you in advance, this post might be a bit of a stretch. There’s a new video out from Microsoft’s OneNote Mac team and it’s… um… interesting.

What Does 99-cent Software Mean for Microsoft's Windows Store?

Windows Store Software Development

The idea of “universal apps” came to popularity with Apple’s development of the iPhone and the iPad.  Would users be forced to buy different versions of the same apps to run on both platforms? In some cases, yes, but more often universal apps have allowed users to buy once and use the software in both places.

Azure Intelligent Systems Service Connects The Internet of Your Things

Microsoft Azure

Earlier this month, Microsoft refined the idea of the Internet of Things and started talking about the Internet of Your Things, a way to connect the systems and devices you already own to better use their power. Today, the strategy for the Internet of Your Things became a little clearer with the announcement of Azure Intelligent Systems Service.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal for $69.99 per year

Office 365 Personal

Over the past few months, Microsoft has introduced a number of new pricing options for Office 365. Today, they’ve launched Office 365 Personal, allowing users to access the Microsoft Suite on one personal computer and one tablet for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.

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