Microsoft bringing Office to iPad – but when?

Anyone who likes to get things done on a computer has likely held on to their beloved laptop or desktop computer rather than switch entirely to a tablet.

Perhaps it was for specialized media editing software, so photos and videos could be tweaked on a large screen.

But for many, they needed the productivity programs only available on a traditional PC or Mac – namely, Microsoft Office. And so far, you can't get Office on an Android or Apple tablet.

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Control-Atl-Delete was a mistake: Bill Gates

Think_geek_control_alt_deleteYou know those three keys that you use to un-freeze a Windows computer? Control-Alt-Delete?

Yeah. Thought so. Especially useful when Internet Explorer locks up, or Word won't respond. Usually leads to the BSOD.

Well, the guy behind Microsoft says it was a mistake.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was at a Harvard fundraising campaign, where he admitted that the three-key combination could just have been one button on a keyboard.

What prevented such simplicity?

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Microsoft finally launches Office app for iPhone

Microsoft_office_365_iphone_appWe're now one step closer to getting Microsoft Office on our mobile devices, because guess which app is now in the iTunes app store?

The app lets you create and edit Office documents on your iPhone, giving you the ability to work with Word and PowerPoint documents on-the-go.

The app – Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers – is free in the iTunes app store.

There are a couple of catches, however.

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Will next version of Windows let you boot to the desktop?

On the heels of a post about an Apple leak, there's a Windows 8.1 leak to tell you about.

The next version of Windows, aka Windows Blue, might let users start up their computer directly into the traditional desktop mode as opposed to the tile interface Start screen that the current iteration of Window 8 does.

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Tick tock, time running out for Windows XP & Office 2003

Anyone still running Windows XP or Office 2003 on their computers might want to get out of the prehistoric ages, Microsoft is warning.

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Microsoft enables Windows 8 Flash support in IE 10

Windows 8 users who often encountered broken websites due to Flash content being blocked in Internet Explorer 10 are in for some relief.

Microsoft says the latest version of IE 10, now available, will display Flash videos and games by default.

Flash content was always available for anyone who used the browser in Windows’ ‘Desktop mode’ however that meant many of us – myself included – would just use the operating system in the traditional view rather than the “immersive” live-tile view.

The update will also enable Flash for IE 10 on the watered-down version of Windows 8, better known as Windows RT.

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Pokki: an app that brings the start button back to Windows 8

Many people’s most common complaint with Windows 8 is that it doesn’t have a start button. Sure, there are dozens of live tiles you can swipe across and get updates pushed to your fingertips.

But meanwhile when in Desktop mode, there is no Start button. There’s no way to pop open a menu and jump to different programs, or pull up files you need to work on.

That’s where Pokki comes in. This is the app that brings back a sense of comfort to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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Microsoft Surface Pro a mixed bag

Microsoft_surface_proWhen Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, it did so alongside its first tablet – the Surface.

But that device wasn’t running the most powerful hardware, and the operating system was actually a watered-down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT.

The concept was a good effort, but I was hopeful that a tablet with more horsepower running a full-blown version of the operating system would be better.

Here we are, a few months later, and Microsoft has rolled out the Surface Pro. With more power under the hood and an operating system that can run Windows 8 apps along with traditional Windows 7 programs, is the Pro any good – and is it better than the basic Surface?

For those not familiar with the Surface, it’s a tablet with a little (and sturdy) kick stand that helps it stand at a slight angle on its own. Users can use a keyboard to type and click away at things. When it’s not a necessity, the keyboard can snap off or fold backward.

The Surface Pro has significantly faster hardware behind its rock-solid VapourMg case. Behind the 10.6-inch screen sits an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, the same type of computing brains you’d find in many laptops and desktops. Microsoft has this tablet configured with 4 GB of RAM.

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Next Xbox won't let you play used games?

If you enjoy playing used or borrowed games on your gaming console – such as the Xbox 360 – prepare to pay all the time.

According to a gaming website, Microsoft's next iteration of the Xbox won't let you play borrowed or second-hand games.

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Much-anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro release date set

Microsoft_Surface_Pro_with_Type_coverMicrosoft announced when the new, powerful version of it's Surface tablet will be released, as well as details on pricing and other accessories.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.