So far, the next versions of Microsoft's major productivity tools are more about letting you edit documents everywhere than giving you major new features.
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Cloud backup and serious speed increases for in-memory processing make SQL Server 2014 a major upgrade.
Microsoft's two management tools now work together and both support Windows 8 and Windows RT.
The next Office 365 SharePoint service marries social networking, pervasive sharing, the app store model and information management tools with central administration.
Are the days of 'owning' software over? Microsoft launches a new way to use Microsoft Office
So, just how special is this Special Media Edition of Office? Let's find out. First, we have to understand a little background. Two years ago, Microsoft bought iView Multimedia, which made digital asset management software (used for tracking photos, PDFs, text files, etc.).
Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, the largest gaggle of Mac programmers outside Apple, has produced a new Mac Office suite for the first time since 2004. Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac comprises new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage and Messenger.
It's hard for Microsoft to improve on the original Visio after stripping out so many features when it bought the product. Microsoft has continued to tighten Visio's focus, and specialised versions are available for developers