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U.S. College Students Get Office 365 University, 20 GB SkyDrive Free for 3 Months

In a new video, Microsoft showcases how college students work together without being together with Office 365 and SkyDrive.

In the video below, Aubrey Plaza, one of the stars from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, walks her fellow students through how easy it is to get your class projects done using Office 365 University and SkyDrive.

College students in the U.S. can get three months of Office 365 University and 20 GB of SkyDrive storage for free. “Now, you and your classmates can create and edit full Office documents from just about anywhere and access and store them on SkyDrive,” Microsoft worte.

Update 03/12: New video added

In other news today, Nokia expresses its uneasiness in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by admitting that a Microsoft Surface smartphone will be detrimental to the phone maker:

“Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us. For example, in addition to the Surface tablet, Microsoft may broaden its strategy to sell other mobile devices under its own brand, including smartphones. This could lead Microsoft to focus more on their own devices and less on mobile devices of other manufacturers that operate on the Windows Phone platform, including Nokia.”

“Microsoft may act independently of us with respect to decisions and communications on that operating system which may have a negative effect on us. Moreover, if Microsoft reduces investment in that operating system or discontinues it, our smartphone strategy would be directly negatively affected by such acts.”

However, Nokia UK released a new video giving tips on Lumina Photography–in the video below, Alex from Rankin Film Productions explains digital white balance on your Lumia and shows you how to improve your photos under a wider range of lighting conditions.

Did you know that you can install your Windows Store apps on up to 5 pcs? Here is a quick video shows you how

To install your apps on another PC:

  • “On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.
  • Swipe down from the top edge of the screen, and then tap Your apps. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the top of the screen, right-click, and then click Your apps.)
  • Choose the apps you want to install, and then tap or click Install,” explains Microsoft.

For more help for Windows 8 apps and the Windows Store, visit gere.

Microsoft last week showcased an early prototype of the Touch Cover for the Surface device and how the keyboard is considered “one of the thinnest keyboards.”

“A full size keyboard equipped with pressure sensing technology that is so lightweight it’s known as one of the thinnest keyboards in the world, that’s what we wanted to create for you. We were sitting in a room all asking ourselves the same question, “How do we create the thinnest possible full size keyboard to help people have something that’s beautiful and personable, but also give them the ability to be productive while they’re on the go?” The end result as you now know is the Touch Cover for Microsoft Surface,” Microsoft wrote in the blog post.

Version 1.2 of Yahoo! Windows 8 app released over the weekend now providing some cool new additions as well as new language support.

“With an easy to use interface, the Yahoo! Mail app now comes with new folder management support, such as adding, editing, renaming, and deleting folders. And, the integration with Yahoo Address Book now lets you select, search, and browse contacts. You can even search Yahoo from within the app,” explains Yahoo.

In addition, the app also brings performance enhancements as well as support to new languages.

Grab the app via the Windows Store.

yahoo! Mail now available for your Windows 8 desktop and tablet!

Finally, Microsoft to combat malware and software piracy is creating a new “Cybercrime Center,” by combining its Digital Crimes Unit and the Software Piracy Units.

“The Cybercrime Center will be staffed by 30 investigators, who will work closely with 70 other Microsoft investigators world-wide to combat malware, piracy, and technology-facilitated child exploitation.” “Malicious code and nongenuine code go hand-in-hand, it’s as simple as that,” stated David Finn, of the new Cybercrime Center.

“This is not a Doritos-munching, pajama-clad basement-dweller behind this. We’re dealing with criminal enterprises. For example, CD Cheap (based in Europe) was notorious for selling pirate versions of Windows and was generating over $3.9 million a month! Microsoft investigators were able to track the merchant accounts that processed online card transactions and law enforcement was able to shut down the pirates,” Finn explained.

Update: Windows Phone Lync 2013 app designed for Enterprise, allows voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

The app requires a Lync account, and a relatively up to date Lync server for full functionality. Features include:

  • “View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, voice or video call.
  • Connect to Lync Meetings with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.
  • Forward or simultaneously ring calls to your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number so you’ll never miss a call.
  • Lync 2013 for Windows Phone provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use,” informs Microsoft.

App is available from Windows Phone Store.

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