Microsoft discontinues Messenger for Mac in favor of Skype

Microsoft acquired Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion. At the time no one knew what Microsoft was planning since it already had its own free Windows Messenger Live system with more than twice the number of Skype users. In late 2012 Microsoft announced it would be discontinuing its Messenger service in favor of Skype and in early January 2013 it announced March 15 would be the cutoff date. The Messenger service would continue only . . .

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Office for Mac 2008 support ends April 2013

Effective April 9, Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 will be end-of-lifed according to Microsoft’s published lifecycle policy. This is in accordance with its history of supporting each version of Office for Mac for five or more years.

Microsoft stopped adding features to Office 2008 after its 12.2.9 update, which included support for SkyDrive and enhancements for SharePoint users. In the past two years it has released half a dozen updates focussed solely on security issues . . .

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Whither goest thou, Remote Desktop Connection for Mac?

From the forums:

I’m attempting to connect from my Mac to a PC on my local network via Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection. When attempting to connect via Computer Name, I get an error indicating, “The Mac cannot connect because the Windows-based computer cannot be found. Verify that you typed the correct computer name or IP address, and try connecting again.”

When I type in the local IP address, the connection works with the following message, . . .

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