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After years of mostly minor changes in the way they operate, Microsoft is about to rock the boat big time beginning later this month. They’re releasing Windows 8, a brand new OS with a steep learning curve. They’re continuing their mobile push with the launch of the Microsoft Surface tablets on October 26, and a new wave of Windows phones will launch early next month. But perhaps the biggest change of all will be in Office 2013, which for the first time will be subscription-based software. On Wednesday, it was rumored that Office 2013 would be making its way onto Android and iOS in March – helping keep you connected and productive wherever you are – but Microsoft quickly squashed that rumor. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if the report turns out to be mostly true; expanding a lucrative, subscription-based distribution model of their most prominent software to an established user base numbering in the tens of millions just makes smart business sense to me.

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Named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Technology, Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group, a strategic advisory, technology solutions and business development practice focused at the nexus of media and marketing with a special emphasis on augmented intelligence and data-driven decision-making. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert, writes a weekly column for AdAge, and is a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com or subscribe to our daily email http://ow.ly/WsHcb

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 11, 2012" by @ShellyPalmer

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