Global Knowledge Selected as Microsoft’s First North American Learning Partner to Have Training Schedules Listed on the Microsoft Learn Site

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CARY, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Global Knowledge, the worldwide leader in IT training and professional skills development, is the first learning partner to have its training schedule integrated into the Microsoft Learn site in North America. Global Knowledge was selected because of its global footprint and robust high-frequency Microsoft training schedules.

On Microsoft’s site, Microsoft Learn is positioned as an online training platform that provides interactive learning for Microsoft products and more. Its goal is to help professionals become proficient on Microsoft technologies and learn more skills with fun, guided, hands-on, interactive content that’s specific to job roles and goals.

“Microsoft Learn will be an important way for tech professionals to easily find instructor-led Microsoft training opportunities,” said Debbie Murray-John, Global Knowledge’s global product director for Microsoft. “We

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How to get Microsoft Office for cheap

Some users want Office but don’t want to pay for the current products—Office 2019 standalone software, or Microsoft 365’s subscription-based Office apps. You can get Microsoft Office for cheap if you’re willing to buy an older version, but you need to shop carefully. Here’s what to consider before you buy.

Check the expiration date   

First of all, check product lifecycles and compatible Windows versions before you invest. Office 2000 through 2007 no longer work in Windows 10. Office 2010 ends October 13, 2020. Office 2013 is scheduled for termination on April 11, 2023. But Office 2016, which was originally slated to die much sooner, was extended through October 14, 2025—which is also the last day for Office 2019.

Microsoft says these products will still function normally after death, but there will be no more updates. At the least, you will want a robust antivirus program to fend off attacks.

Shop

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Antitrust investigation dubs App Store a monopoly, Microsoft adopts ‘app fairness’ rules, pandemic boosts Q3 app revenues

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

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The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

Apple was one of the four big tech companies the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust declared as having enjoyed

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Microsoft Planning To Bring Xbox Game Pass To iOS By 2021, Report Says

KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft games boss Phil Spencer wants to bring Game Pass to iOS devices by next year, a report says
  • Apple hasn’t allowed streaming game services in the past because it couldn’t review each title in the catalog
  • A former Apple App Store director claimed Apple doesn’t want competition for its own Arcade service

Microsoft could bring its Xbox Game Pass to Apple devices by 2021, according to a new report.

Business Insider reported, citing sources with “direct knowledge of his comments,” that games boss Phil Spencer told Microsoft employees at an all-hands meeting on Wednesday, “We will absolutely end up on iOS.”

Game Pass is a video game subscription service launched in 2017 where players pay $9.99 monthly to have access to a catalog of games from various publishers. Often compared to Netflix, Game Pass adds and withdraws games for certain periods of time.

It is available to

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Microsoft reportedly planning app for Xbox Game Pass to get around Apple rules

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An app may soon allow iPad and iPhone users to access Xbox Game Pass.


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Microsoft is developing an iOS app to bring Game Pass to the iPad and iPhone, circumventing Apple App Store rules, Business Insider reported Thursday.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

Microsoft announced in August that its Project xCloud video game service would be released September for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service gives people access to more than 100 games on the Xbox or PC, as well as its Xbox Live gaming social network.

Microsoft said at the time that devices powered by Google’s Android operating system would be supported but said Apple was blocking its

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GameStop Surges After Forming Strategic Accord With Microsoft

(Bloomberg) — GameStop Corp. jumped as much as 27% after a strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. gave investors fresh optimism that the video-game retailer can turn around its business.



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Under a multiyear agreement, GameStop will use Microsoft’s cloud services to handle business operations, including finance, inventory and e-commerce, according to a statement Thursday. In-store workers also will use Microsoft Surface devices while they’re helping customers. And GameStop will offer Xbox All Access, a monthly service for the Xbox gaming console.

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GameStop is expected to get a surge in sales when new video-game consoles arrive in coming weeks, and the Microsoft partnership could help them extend the momentum. A new Xbox and Sony PlayStation are debuting next month, which should drive traffic to GameStop’s stores and e-commerce site.

Longer term, GameStop faces a tough challenge. Video-game companies are relying less on physical media and increasingly

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Microsoft cloud services outages continue into week two

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Microsoft Azure status page on Oct. 7 around 3:30 p.m. ET

Last week, a major Azure Active Directory authentication issue affected users worldwide. A follow-up Exchange/Outlook issue later in the week affected European and Indian Office 365/Microsoft 365 customers. This week, Microsoft’s cloud services issues are continuing, affecting a number of Exchange, Outlook, Teams and SharePoint users.

Microsoft was still warning some Office 365/Microsoft 365 customers as this week kicked off of some possible residual Exchange/Outlook issues, including problems accessing the admin center and syncing issues between Outlook mobile and desktop. I asked Microsoft if these issues were related to last week’s Azure Active Directory authentication problems, but was told the company had no comment. (I am hearing the issues were likely not interrelated, for what it’s worth.)

On October 7, users, primarily in the U.S., began reporting in the afternoon ET they were having issues accessing their admin center

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2020 MVNO Business Plan and Financial Modeling Tool (Microsoft Excel) and Supporting Research

Dublin, Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “MVNO Business Plan with Financial Modeling Spreadsheet 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This is a full business plan based on the launch of an illustrative Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) known as Contendus

The plan covers all aspects of the company launch plan including market assessment, funding requirements, financial analysis, market segmentation, and product differentiation. Also included is a go-to-market plan, distribution and replenishment plans, comparison of MVNO’s and more. The major benefit of this report is to assist in the development of an MVNO launch and to help validate existing plans.

MVNO Business Plan Financial Modeling Spreadsheet

This detailed, working Excel spreadsheet provides pro-forma information for a five-year projection based on assumptions for Contendus. The spreadsheet provides both data points for analysis as well as a format for modeling your own parameters for a financial assessment of your

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Business Intelligence Market Growing at a CAGR 7.6% | Key Player IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, SAS Institute

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sep 28, 2020 (AB Digital via COMTEX) —
The global Business Intelligence Market size to grow from USD 23.1 billion in 2020 to USD 33.3 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.6% during the forecast period. Various factors such as the growing focus on digital transformation, rising investments in analytics, rising demand for dashboards for data visualization, increase in adoption of cloud, and increase in data generation are expected to drive the growth of the business intelligence market.

The fianace business function to hold a larger market size during the forecast period

Finance business function segment is expected to hold a larger market share during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the increased need of financial organizations to analyze vast amounts of customer data to gain insights about the customers

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