Evernote goes head-to-head with OneNote with new features

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Evernote isn’t pulling any punches in its continuing effort to challenge Microsoft OneNote. With updates for the Windows desktop version, as well as the iOS and Android apps, Evernote is adding a variety of features that will benefit business users, and make a compelling case to drop OneNote.

Android users have long been able to view Microsoft Office files with the Evernote app. The new update, however, makes Evernote much more functional because users can now edit attached Office files as well using the OfficeSuite app.

Evernote 5 for Windows contains over 100 updates and improvements.
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Surface RT can help small businesses reduce IT costs

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Microsoft caved to market pressure and sagging demand this week by slashing the price of the Surface RT tablet by 30 percent. The Surface RT is better-equipped for business than rival tablets, and at $350 ( $470 once you add a Touch or Type keyboard cover, which it requires to be truly functional) it straddles the line between tablet and PC, and could help business customers rein in IT costs.

The Surface RT isn’t for everyone. It can’t run traditional Windows software, so businesses or users that depend on specific applications or custom software can’t just toss out their PC and use a Surface RT. For a variety of use cases, however, a device with email, Web access, and Microsoft Office is sufficient.

The Surface RT can replace a Windows PC for many users.
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OneNote MX update makes app more business friendly

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Microsoft pushed out an update for OneNote MX—the OneNote app for Windows 8—which makes the app more useful for business users. The new OneNote MX can connect to OneNote notebooks on Office 365.

OneNote MX is a great tool, but it has had limited functionality for business users. The issue is that OneNote MX connects by default to the SkyDrive associated with the Microsoft account used to log in to Windows 8. That’s fine for personal use, but businesses prefer that data be created and stored where it can be centrally managed and shared, rather than being spread across multiple personal SkyDrive accounts.

The update for OneNote MX enables users to connect to OneNote notebooks stored in an Office 365 SkyDrive account.

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Surface RT price still misses the sweet spot for business

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Microsoft has slashed the price of the Surface RT to $350 in an effort to spark demand for the tablet. While it’s a move in the right direction, it’s a little late, and it still doesn’t go far enough to make the Surface RT attractive for business use in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad.

Microsoft Surface in Palo AltoMartyn Williams
The Touch or Type cover should be included with the Surface RT.

Before the Surface RT launched there was speculation that Microsoft might undercut the competition by offering the device for under $200. Had it done so, the tablet almost certainly would have sold much better, but with long-term repercussions for Microsoft and the tablet market in general. That price is too low to generate profit or be sustainable in any way, and raising the price after the fact is a hard sell for customers.

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Microsoft tweaks OneNote to make it an even stronger cross-platform business tool

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OneNote is like the forgotten step-child of Microsoft Office. It’s rarely mentioned alongside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as one of the core applications of Office, yet it’s very popular, and available across a range of platforms the rest of Office only dreams of. Today, Microsoft is rolling out new iPhone, iPad, and Android apps, and enhancing the capabilities of OneNote to deliver a more consistent, and powerful platform for business users.

The Microsoft Office suite is available for both Windows and Mac OS X, but Office 2011 for Mac lacks OneNote—leaving Mac users to use the OneNote Web App version. Although OneNote isn’t yet available natively for Mac OS X, Microsoft does provide OneNote apps for Windows Phone, iOS (both iPhone and iPad), and Android, as well as a version that works in the Windows 8 Metro interface. Today’s update makes the cross-platform functionality more reliable and consistent.

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Passwords aren’t dying any time soon. Here's how to manage them effectively.

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It’s tough to keep track of all of your passwords. In spite of advances in biometrics, and increased attention on the value of two-factor authentication, passwords remain the primary means of digital security. They're also one of the weakest links in the security chain. If we can’t get rid of passwords, we need a better way to manage them.

Remember when passwords were going to die out? Bill Gates told an audience, "There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don't meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure."

That was in early 2004. Nearly a decade later we still rely heavily on passwords, and passwords still suffer from all of the same weaknesses Gates described.

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BlackBerry can rise from the ashes as a leader in MDM

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The clock is winding down on BlackBerry’s days as a mobile OS or mobile device maker. BlackBerry divulged its quarterly earnings figures today, and it’s not a pretty picture: BlackBerry the company will survive, but it’s time to throw in the towel on BlackBerry the mobile platform vendor.

Wall Street expected 7.3 million smartphone shipments. The reality was a more meager 6.8 million smartphones. Wall Street projected that BlackBerry would ship 3.3 million BlackBerry 10 devices—one bullish analyst went so far as to suggest that number would be 3.6 million. The tally for BB10 devices was a mere 2.7 million. Wall Street projected revenue of $3.4 billion, but BlackBerry reported a paltry $3.1 billion.

Heins revealed disappointing results for the most recent quarter.
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