Microsoft Buys StorSimple - SkyDrive App with 'Selective Sync'; Office 2013 Pro Plus 60-day Trial; IE 9.0.11 Available for Download

Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a leader in the emerging category known as Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS). With StorSimple, "customers have a CiS solution that consolidates storage infrastructure and seamlessly integrates on-premises and cloud-based storage through intelligent automation and data management. Now we can help customers who want to embrace CiS and realize its benefits of increased flexibility, […]

Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a leader in the emerging category known as Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS).

With StorSimple, "customers have a CiS solution that consolidates storage infrastructure and seamlessly integrates on-premises and cloud-based storage through intelligent automation and data management. Now we can help customers who want to embrace CiS and realize its benefits of increased flexibility, scalability and improved economics," Microsoft's Michael Park, cvp, Server and Tools Division, blogged.

To get more information, visit the StorSimple website.

Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, in a video posted on YouTube talks about how new technology is continually transforming the world. Check it out below:

The first sync apps for SkyDrive released about six month back making it easy to view and manage personal SkyDrive from the File Explorer in Windows and Finder in OS X -- today, gets an update that include the long awaited "selective sync" feature.

"With today's release, you can now select which folders from SkyDrive are synced - making it easier to use SkyDrive with laptops or tablets with small drives. You're in control. If you'd like to keep all your photos and documents in SkyDrive but only sync a folder of your most important documents to your laptop, you can do that - even if your desktop is syncing the full set. You can choose specific sub-folders to sync as well; you aren't limited to your primary SkyDrive folders," the SkyDrive team blogged.

The update now at build 17.0.2003.1112, can be grabbed at https://apps.live.com/skydrive.

Also, an update to SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone 8 and Android devices is now avilable and "in addition to all-around performance improvements and some visual updates to better fit Windows Phone 8, let you now search your SkyDrive files and folders and control photo upload and download size."

SkyDrive for Android also added several new features in addition to performance improvements:

  • "Upload all file types from SD card
  • Rename SkyDrive folders & files
  • Custom sort orders for every view," the team informs.

SkyDrive for Android and iOS app: share folder menu

SkyDrive app for Android and iOS: search settings

Office 2013 RTM, is now available for download as a 60 day trial.

On the 24th of October, Microsoft released Office 2013 RTM to those who had a TechNet or MSDN subscription. Now, those wishing to try out Office 2013 Pro Plus can download the evaluation version at TechNet.

Office Professional Plus 2013 is the "future of productivity" as Microsoft puts it -- features integration with Windows 8 and is now touch-friendly as well as cloud-centered other than regular office suite apps.

Head over here to grab the 60-day evaluation version of Office 2013.

Windows 8 Accessibility Tutorial Guide provides feature informaiton and keyboard shortcuts for individuals who want to make their computer easier to see, hear and use.

"It provides rich accessiblity information on the tools in Windows 8."

Download the Windows 8 Accessibility Tutorial Guide here.

Nook app for Windows 8 developed by Barnes and Noble has just landed on the Windows Store.

The eReader app allows you to read books and magazines right on your Windows 8 device, be it a laptop or a tablet. And, at the same it gives you the power to download and buy books, magazines and newspapers with a single click.

Synchronization tools are also available in case you wish to sync the last read page on your Nook with the content available on the Surface, for instance.

Get the Nook app for Windows 8 or Windows RT at Windows Store.

This week, Microsoft posted a vidoe on channel 9 offering a glimpse of the new developer features in Windows Phone 8.

Finally, November's security update that resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer made the IE 9.0.11 available for download.

"The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights," explains IE team.