In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 20, 2012 / 30 Tamuz, 5772

Microsoft aims for the clouds with 'new' Office

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apparently forgetting what happened when a certain soft drink company rebranded its flagship product as "New Coke," Microsoft Corp. on July 16 announced "the new Office," as a press release called it, an applications suite that will respond to your touch on a screen, a keyboard or a stylus you glide across a screen.

By default, documents will be stored in Microsoft's cloud service known as SkyDrive, which the firm says will mean "your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect." (Microsoft didn't specify which "tablet, PC and phone" they're thinking of, but I wouldn't bet the farm on any of those being Apple, Inc., products.)

And Office will be "social," Microsoft promises, including access to Yammer, the business-oriented social network, and Skype, the Internet-based calling service, both of which are now owned by Microsoft. The idea is to be able to work collaboratively, and, I suppose, globally, if desired.

There will be various "subscription levels" of the new Office program aimed at home, small business and enterprise users. Pricing will be announced later on, and some of the new Office features will also be available, via means undisclosed, on an updated Microsoft Office for Mac 2012.

All this seems pretty good on its face, with one exception I'll get to in a moment. To my periodic amazement, Office has become more than just a suite with a word processor, database, spreadsheet and presentation program (e-mail and contacts client optional). Microsoft Word has taken on the functions of a demi-desktop publishing program, Excel's universe has enough templates to probably calculate the Budget of the United States, and PowerPoint, well, what needs to be said about its ubiquity? Such heavily relied-upon software needs regular care and feeding.

Because of its tremendous market penetration, Office needs regular updating. And because the market has shifted greatly in the two years or so since the last refresh (can you say, "iPad"?), Microsoft would be foolish to ignore the fundamental changes in tech usage, starting with smartphones, the cloud and the aforementioned tablets.

I downloaded and installed a "preview" version of "the new Office" on the day it was announced; you can do this, too, at www.office.com/preview. There's no cost (you do have to be a registered user of the firm's Windows Live service, also free), and no obligation.

While it is far too early to reach a total conclusion, I'll say that I like what I see thus far. For those who want to overdose on formatting options, there's plenty of opportunity. Microsoft Word, which is my first port of call, integrated well with my Windows 7 installation, although the firm says this brave new Office will function best with Windows 8, itself in Beta right now.

But there are things that concern me. The announcement would have been the ideal place for Microsoft and its CEO, Steve Ballmer, to announce something startling for Apple's iPad, which is still the dominant tablet device out there. I'm thinking a $25 Word/Excel/PowerPoint tablet bundle, maybe, which would undercut Apple's trio of Pages, a word processor; Keynote, for presentations, and the self-explanatory Numbers. Such news was not forthcoming.

SkyDrive is promised to be compatible with Microsoft's devices and platforms, but I'm not sure how it'll work elsewhere. That, too, troubles me: it's not a Windows-only world anymore.

While it's easy to understand Microsoft's position - presumably the firm wants to drive users to its hardware and software solutions - I will again quote the great technology analyst Austin Powers: "That train has sailed." In a multiplatform world, vendors must offer multiplatform solutions. That's why the world at large is panting to see the iPhone 5, while Nokia and AT&T last week halved the price of a Windows Phone-based Lumia device, to under $50. I can sync my iPhone with a Windows PC; the Lumia, as noted here, is Windows or nothing.

There are likely many improvements in "the new Office" that will tempt users. But unless and until those users can work seamlessly across platforms and devices, it may well be a "new" Office with a "New Coke" aftertaste.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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