Microsoft reveals some interesting stats about apps, Office, and french fries

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Microsoft has released some interesting stats on its "Microsoft by the Numbers" website, which showcases the growth of the Windows platform as well as other products and services offered by the company.

The website has also highlighted several milestones and achievements accomplished by the company which include:

  • Office has been downloaded more than 100 million times on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
  • 80% of the Fortune 500 is on the Microsoft cloud.
  • More than 75 million devices are running Windows 10.
  • Skype Translator can translate voice calls in 6 different languages.
  • Microsoft Surface Hub collaboration devices are integrated with optically bonded displays capable of detecting 100 points of multi-touch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs.
  • Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington eat about 984,000 orders of French fries each year in campus cafeterias.

Many more intriguing facts have been listed as well which includes that there are now 669,000 apps in the Windows Store. The company also states that there are now 48 million Xbox Live users in 42 countries and that Outlook.com has more than 400 million active users. More than 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office which equates to one in every seven people on the Earth.

The Redmond giant has also highlighted prominent individuals linked to the company such as Stephen Alvarez, who has endeavored to snap photos of all the Seven Natural Wonders of the World using only Microsoft-made smartphones. Rudy Huyn has been mentioned as one of the "platform's most prolific developers" as his apps have been downloaded over 16 million times. There are several more interesting facts listed on the company's website which you can view by visiting the source link.

Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 to your machine 'just in case'

MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in.

An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having 'reserved' a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.

He told us: "The symptoms are repeated failed 'Upgrade to Windows 10' in the WU update history and a huge 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled '$Windows.~BT'. I thought Microsoft [said] this 'upgrade' was optional. If so, why is it being pushed out to so many computers where it wasn't reserved, and why does it try to install over and over again?

"I know of two instances where people on metered connections went over their data cap for August because of this unwanted download. My own internet (slow DSL) was crawling for a week or so until I discovered this problem. In fact, that's what led me to it. Not only does it download, it tries to install every time the computer is booted."

We asked Microsoft to comment on whether it was downloading Windows 10 anyway as the company rushes to build on the 75 million machines with the new OS installed in its first month, putting it in fourth place behind Window 7, 8.1 and the erstwhile XP.

Microsoft told us: "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade.

"When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device.”

Microsoft Announces Office 2016 Will Arrive September 22

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Microsoft announced this morning the official launch date for the long-anticipated new version of Microsoft Office: Office 2016 will be broadly available starting on September 22, the company says. Meanwhile, Office Customers with volume licensing agreements will be able to download the software on October 1st.

The updated version of Office includes a number of new features for desktop customers, including the ability to co-edit documents at the same time, sync files to OneDrive in the cloud, and more.

Alongside the announcement of the launch date, Microsoft noted a few other new features and options for I.T. admins and businesses looking to deploy the software.

For starters, the company noted that Office 365 ProPlus customers who are paying for the subscription version of Office for companies, will also receive the “Current Branch” – meaning the most up-to-date feature release and security updates – on September 22. This release will also include the new Office 2106 app updates.

But based customer feedback, Microsoft says it’s introducing a new update model called “Current Branch for Business” which will offer three cumulative feature updates per year, while continuing to offer monthly security updates. This is designed for organizations that want to test new releases of Office 2016 before rolling out the new features, a Microsoft blog post explains.

The company says it’s also addressing other Office 365 ProPlus I.T. requests with this release, including deployment through Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates, as well as the introduction of new reports on Office activation and usage. Plus, Office 2016 is getting support for Data Loss Prevention, Multi-factor Authentication and more.

Microsoft is continuing to embrace a cross-platform approach with its new Office software. Office 2016 for Mac was previously released in July, initially to Office365 subscribers. At the time, the company said that the standalone version would not arrive until September, which offered a hint that the Office 2106 launch would arrive this month.

In addition, news of the September Office 2016 launch follows the company’s announcement from yesterday that Microsoft has developed new features for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Translator which are designed to take advantage of enhancements on Apple’s new iPad Pro, new mobile OS iOS 9, and its Watch software, watchOS 2.0. Specifically, the company is updating Office with support for things like Apple Pencil, Slide Over and Split View multi-tasking, among other things.

Delete Blank Rows in Excel

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Blank rows or Blank cells is a problem we all inherit one time or another. This is very common when you try to import data from somewhere else (like a text file or a CSV file). Today we will learn a very simple trick to delete blank rows from excel spreadsheets.

  • Select your data
  • Press F5
    This opens “Go to” dialog in Excel. Now hit on that “select” button.
  • From “select special” screen, select “Blanks” (shown aside)
    Now, all the blank cells will be selected.
  • Just press CTRL and Minus sign (-)
  • Select “shift cells up” or “entire row” as needed.

That is all. Now you have successfully removed blank rows.

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If you are looking for keyboard short-cut for this, here it is. Press them in the same order once you select the cells.

  • F5 ALT+s k Enter CTRL+ – u Enter

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