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Native Documents on line view-edit-pdf converter. Drag and drop a native Office document to view and edit. And convert that ND to PDF.

This Web Service also demonstrates ND deep messaging. EX: Drag and drop a native Office document and the browser will open the document for viewing and editing. Highlight a section of the document that you want to discuss. The URL will reflect this highlight. Copy the URL and paste into another app such as Slack, and slack will display the highlighted text as a message. The reason this deep messaging is significant is that ND captures the moment of conversation and records the action.

The basic idea behing deep messaging is that the conversations that surround in-process documents is logged with the document. When these in-process documents are loaded into worklow WORD processors, the conversations appear in the "documents" comments, with each comment connected to the relevant highlighted portion. Very cool! Very productive.

about 3 hours ago

Converts Native Office Documents to PDF. On line Converter

Feb 11, 16

"Microsoft has signed up over 70 smartphone manufacturers to pre-install its services onto phones, up from 20 in May last year.  

In a blog post announcing the milestone, Nick Parker, the man in charge of relationships with smartphone makers, wrote that “Microsoft has been working hard to win over the hearts and minds of our partners and customers” which has culminated in 74 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) signing up. 

The partners, which include Acer, LG, Samsung, and Sony, will ship Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on devices starting soon.

Essentially, Microsoft will have its most important products on millions of phones. "

  • Windows Phones have shipped just 110 million handsets in their entire lifetime while Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have shipped 4.5 billion units. 
  • “[Bundling Office on smartphones] is a cornerstone of our broad services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device,” writes Parker.
  • The company announced that around 340 million people are using Office on iOS and Android devices in the three months leading up to January, while a further 900 million are using Skype in total. 
Feb 11, 16

"SaaS/subscription businesses are much more complex than traditional businesses, and SaaS performance cannot be measured in the same way as traditional businesses are measured. Based on a talk given at the SaaStr Annual Conference in San Francisco, this slide deck offers a comprehensive and detailed look at the key metrics that are needed to understand and optimize a SaaS business, and how these can be used to drive SaaS success. This presentation includes information on:

An intro to SaaS metrics
Unit economics
LTV and churn: An in-depth look
Variable pricing axes
Months to recover CAC
The primary unit of growth: Sales
Understanding public SaaS companies"

Feb 11, 16

Shortly after Barack Obama swept into the White House while giving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid a coattail Marxist Congress, Newsweek Magazine ran the cover "We're all Socialists now," based on Jon Meacham's lead article with the same headline.  Without a doubt, the election of that president and that Congress moved reality closer to Meacham's point.  It was astonishing that liberal apologist Meacham admitted as much.

Yet it took until last night before it was literally true, as New Hampshire gave a full-throated socialist a rout over semi-socialist Hillary Clinton on the Democrat side and the once and now apparently again socialist Donald Trump won the GOP primary after going left of Bernie Sanders in his final rallies in the state.  To translate, Obama's hope and change and fundamental transformation of the nation are right on track – barreling warp-speed to the left in both presidential primary contests.

  • In case this confuses you: According to Trump, the problem is business, not government.
  • Additionally, it seems the Donald thinks that big pharma and big hospital and big insurance went to Obama and begged him to totally ruin our health care system.  Either that or he's just flat pandering and lying because he thinks the odd ball liberals in New Hampshire will lap it up.  Obviously they did.
  • Oh, and for the record, underlying Trump's premise is that only rich people should run for office.  Now there's a conservative principle if there ever was one

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  • CompTIA's Fifth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing Study, conducted in June and July 2014 and released in November 2014, polled 400 IT and business professionals in the United States who are involved in IT decision-making for their organizations; and executives from 400 U.S. IT firms. The data revealed that among companies that have progressed from the first experimental stage to a non-critical use stage, 28 percent rated the transition as requiring significant effort.

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    But among users that have moved from full production completely through the progression to a transformed IT stage, 63 percent rated the final transition as requiring significant effort.

  • "The bulk of the cost and effort for any IT project is typically consumed by integration and cloud computing is no different - if anything, cloud integration may be even more challenging, as it requires web APIs that may be unfamiliar to the technical team," says Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis, CompTIA in a statement about the research.
  • Further complicating matters, many businesses have moved beyond using the cloud for non-critical functions like marketing or CRM and instead rely on cloud technology for storing valuable data. The January 2015 research from cloud provider RightScale revealed 20 percent of respondents are running their enterprise workloads from the cloud and more than half - 55 percent - say their enterprise applications are built on cloud-friendly technology, giving businesses a lot of wiggle room to eventually move those to the cloud.

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Feb 10, 16

The cloud has quickly become a mainstay in IT departments, with recent research from cloud solutions provider RightScale showing 93 percent of businesses using cloud technology in some form or another. But it's not all smooth sailing after the initial migration and integration - many businesses find that the second wave of cloud adoption is just as rough as the first.

According to RightScale's 2015 State of the Cloud report, which surveyed 930 IT professionals about their current adoption and future plans involving cloud computing, 88 percent of businesses are using public cloud technology and 63 percent are using private cloud. Eighty-two percent have a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74 percent in 2014, a clear indication that the cloud has quickly become an essential ingredient of modern IT.

  • Rencore interpreted these findings to mean that Microsoft's marketing message of "mobile first, cloud first" just wasn't happening quite yet for SharePoint users. It seemed also that many were still committed to using older SharePoint Server products.
  • The full study includes an interview with Jeremy Thake, a Microsoft senior product marketing manager for Office 365. He tacitly acknowledged the resistance of SharePoint Server customers in moving to Microsoft's cloud solutions. Microsoft isn't "depreciating farm solutions" for SharePoint, he said. "However, as more workflows move to Office 365, the Add-in model will be the only option."

  • I recently talked to Vineet Jain, who is the co-founder and CEO of Egnyte (a fast-growing storage operator). He mentioned that he wanted to integrate his technology with Microsoft (MSFT) and sent an email to CEO Satya Nadella.


    Microsoft Stock (MSFT): It’s Going To Be A Good 2016“He actually responded and got the right people involved,” said Jain. “We then quickly put a deal together. This is something that would not have happened when Ballmer was CEO.”

  • Something similar has been happening at MSFT. The company’s core business – that is, building on-premises software and selling it via licenses – has quickly become outdated because of the emergence of cloud computing. For the most part, customers want seamless connections to the Internet, as well as a fee structure that is based on subscriptions. Essentially, it is a big-time slam of the MSFT model.


  • Microsoft Stock and the Cloud


    The temptation for MSFT was likely to just hope that cloud computing would be a fad. Interestingly enough, this appears to have been the approach at companies like IBM, Oracle (ORCL) and SAP (SAP). As a result, they are now playing a game of catch-up, which is always expensive.

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  • Just over six months ago, I made an early prediction that cloud storage would reach $0 over the next 12-18 months. Well, it hasn’t become “free” just yet, but it is now unlimited thanks to Microsoft. This week, Microsoft set a precedent by making storage unlimited to all users — business and consumer — for their respective subscription fees. It will only be a matter of time here before Google and Amazon follow suit, marking the “death” of the cloud-storage market. While that may cause deep concern for some and send others into storage bliss, I am unfazed by the news and can humbly say, “I told you so.”


    Let’s face it — there is no way for the small cloud service providers that built their businesses around storage to compete. With the vast numbers of apps and features these bigger companies can offer, it is seemingly impossible for the smaller companies to stay afloat. This will spell acquisition for some, bankruptcy for others, and doomsday for everyone else involved that isn’t named Google or Amazon, right?

  • This week, Microsoft set a precedent by making storage unlimited to all users — business and consumer — for their respective subscription fees. It will only be a matter of time here before Google and Amazon follow suit, marking the “death” of the cloud-storage market.
  • Let’s face it — there is no way for the small cloud service providers that built their businesses around storage to compete. With the vast numbers of apps and features these bigger companies can offer, it is seemingly impossible for the smaller companies to stay afloat. This will spell acquisition for some, bankruptcy for others, and doomsday for everyone else involved that isn’t named Google or Amazon, right?

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Feb 06, 16

"As reviewed by Tom's IT Pro, Egnyte's enterprise file sync solution has three aspects: Cloud File Server,  Storage Sync and Storage Connect. The alliance/partnership announcements further demonstrate Egnyte's serious intent to compete for the higher-value enterprise market, with unique capabilities fostering expansion beyond commodity-based storage into a hybrid data access platform as communicated by Egnyte's CEO, Vineet Jain."

  • The first part is a wide-ranging integration agreement with Microsoft. This will bring Egnyte up to the level of desktop and mobile integration of similar EFSS tools. Specific functionality includes Web-enabling Egnyte file viewing and editing with Office Online, along with embedded full save-as and open-from dialog box functionality in desktop tools (Office 2013) and Office for Mobile (iOS, Windows Phone and Android).
  • Although the Microsoft integration is covered by a single announcement, the level of development and QA effort was significant and required various teams, as there exists multiple Office code bases across the various client and server platforms, in the case of Office Online.


  • The program offers deeper API-level integration hooks, process-aware timings, new professional services and support commitments, as well as vertical industry-oriented solutions.

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    In fact, most cloud services are doing their best to lock customers in. This might make sense as a business model, but Microsoft is highlighting just how problematic a closed vendor ecosystem can actually be (and why you should look to openness for your own company).

  • Since the runaway success of the iPhone, virtually every company with a stake in mobile has been trying to find ways to lock users into its ecosystem. In some in
  • SaaS products lure users into vertically integrated ecosystems through “freemium” models, free trials, and loss leaders. After a while, users are so rooted in the ecosystem that they bend beneath the pressure of becoming paying customers or go to the trouble of switching vendors. It’s an expensive bet, but some investors are willing to put money into this business model.

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  • Slack's plan has merit, says Gartner analyst Adam Preset, who follows Slack and other workplace productivity and collaboration applications.
  • Slack will soon have company in the burgeoning messaging collaboration market from Kore, a startup founded by serial entrepreneur Raj Koneru, which is launching from private beta in February.
  • He believed there was an opportunity to provide employees the same ease of use of messaging as the consumer apps, but with the fine-grained controls and policies that mitigate corporate risk.

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Feb 06, 16

This is the VC group April Underwood joined before funding Slack. She is now with Slack.

  • We are a team of experienced operators collaborating to invest in great ideas and teams. More about us here.

  • Microsoft has long maintained that it has a secret weapon in the cloud wars with the Amazon Web Services juggernaut— its existing inroads into the business software market
  • When Azure Stack is released unto the world, customers will have a few options, Neil says. Either they'll be able to download the software, get an instruction manual from Microsoft, and go do it themselves. Or they can buy some pricey server hardware, called the Cloud Platform System, developed jointly by Dell, HP, and Microsoft, that has it pre-set up.
  • All of this is something that competitors like Google and Amazon can't match — neither company has a real product to compete with Azure Stack, and generally takes the stance that the future is in the Internet-based public cloud, and the public cloud only. Besides, Neil says, none of them have Microsoft's expertise with business software.
Feb 01, 16

"Business, Investing, Economy, Politics, World News, Energy, Environment, Science, Technology" A Marbux favorite!

Jan 31, 16

"As the international community was absorbed by the rapidly changing situation in Syria, where government forces are finally getting an upper hand, the situation in Iraq has slipped the attention of the better part of geopolitical analysts. The rapid developments that are taking place in Iraq may soon lead to the disintegration of the country. In fact, two strongholds of the Sunni population – the Al Anbar Governorate with the provincial capital in Ramadi and the Nineveh Governorate with the provincial capital in Mosul have completely broken away from the federal capital. The fact that the Sunni National Guard forces trained by US instructors have almost completely liberated the town of Ramadi from ISIL militants, after weeks of brutal assaults, is of little help in this situation. Even though the Western coalition deployed special forces from the US, Great Britain, Canada, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to assist the Sunni forces, ISIL retains control over the better part of Sunni populated areas of western and north-western Iraq, while confidently dominating the battlefield.

In this situation the Iraqi government that is largely formed by representatives of Shia politicians are drafting a plan to create Sunni autonomy as a form of concession to Washington and the Sunni forces aligned with it. It is believed that this new autonomy formed by the two above mentioned governorates will largely influence the Kurdistan region as well. The Iraqi government is clearly in a hurry, since it believes that such a region can be formed out of three governorates, this time including the big and important Saladin Governorate with the provincial capital in Tikrit, located some 100 kilometers away from Baghdad. The sheer amount of support that the Islamic State enjoys in this governorate is staggering, but even more support is being enjoyed by the forces that were in power in the days of Saddam Hussein. These forces are being opposed by Shia militia units that have established their headquarters in Samarra. After all Tikrit is the birthplace of Saddam Hussein and Saladin has traditonally been a home to Sunni tribes that used to be the backbone of the Baathist regime long before the US occupation of Iraq. Therefore, Iraqi regular forces against those ISIL groups have rejected the idea of a Sunni autonomy, staying true to the idea of an Islamic Calphiphate that was proclaimed back in 2014.

Thus, rejecting the idea of the sheer presence of Shia regular forces on their territories, Sunni groups decided to form an alliance with ISIL in preparations for the creation on “Sunnitostan,” which at some point would become an independent state.

Neighboring states confirm that the collapse of Iraq has become almost inevitable. In this situation, Turkey decided to pla
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  • Under Nadella, Microsoft is pointed in one direction for first time in modern memory. 
  • The Microsoft of old was a cutthroat kind of place.


    Under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft had become a place where product groups warred with each other for attention and influence, even as products like Windows 8 saw the company's star wane rapidly.


    Extremely promising and future-looking products were killed just because they didn't help the Windows business, seen as the center of the company, while rising competitors like Apple and Google were either mocked or ignored until it was too late.


    The end result was a lot of warring, independent product groups, all doing their own things. A great example is the Microsoft Xbox video-game console, which started off as a project to improve Windows and get a PC in the living room, but which turned into an autonomous part of the company that Wall Street couldn't make heads or tails of.


    That trickled over into the company's popular perception, as Microsoft customers and developers came to think of it as a company focused on strong-arm sales tactics, not innovation.

  • Microsoft's mandate, under Nadella, is to help people "achieve more," if you buy the corporate-speak. In plainer terms, Nadella likes to make sure that Microsoft is focusing on making things that people actually enjoy using, no matter what kind of device they're using it on. 

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  • But that’s what happens when you get a near-depression followed by an anemic recovery and expansion. Digging into the numbers, you find a combo of slowing labor force growth and weak productivity to blame.
  • And it’s for those deeper structural reasons many forecasters, such as the Congressional Budget Office, think the US is now a permanent 2% economy rather than a more vigorous 3% economy.
  • It may not seem like such a big difference but it is. It’s the difference between having a $21 trillion economy in 2026 or a $23 trillion economy. (That $2 trillion difference, by the way, is the size of the entire Italian economy.) And that gap grows larger year after year, decade after decade. And with that growth gap come fewer jobs, lower incomes, and less opportunity.
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