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Microsoft has a long history of heavily discounting its software for students and teachers, but its newest offer takes the price tag right off the popular Microsoft Office. If you are a teacher or a student who has a valid email address from your school, you may well be able to sign up for a free subscription to Office 365. The Office 365 Education For Students program starts today and finding out whether you qualify is a piece of cake. As student discounts go, a free subscription to Office is a darn good deal. You get Word and Excel, of course, but OneNote (pictured) and Outlook are part of the... Read more...
For anyone that follows the technology space, you're used to this refrain. A promising startup is acquired, and the monolithic corporation that acquired it dabbles on a bit before shutting it down entirely. Sometimes, it's more frustrating than others. When Google acquired Sparrow, many were left upset about the state of the left-for-dead email client. But when Google acquired Quickoffice, it went on to integrate those features into its own products while leaving the core product available to download. It's a best-of-both-worlds scenario, but it doesn't happen often. And, these things don't last... Read more...
It was a big deal when Microsoft finally pushed out Office apps for the iPad, but already Redmond has a Mountain View problem. Google is in hot pursuit of Microsoft on the desktop/cloud office productivity front with Drive apps, but the search giant has also now debuted mobile app versions of its Docs and Sheets products, too. These won’t exactly replace the Google Drive app, but they represent much better integration into the mobile platform; accessing Docs or Sheets from within Drive felt like having to enter into a secondary environment. With native apps, you can get to your various documents... Read more...
In a continued effort to make its Office productivity suite more easily accessible to a wider audience, Microsoft has made the web versions of its Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote apps available to download through Google's Chrome Web Store. This boils down to an added convenience for Chrome users. As Microsoft points out in a blog post announcing the migration to the Chrome Web Store, "Office Online works great in all browsers" already. However, those who primarily use Chrome can now add World Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to their Chrome App launcher to create new Office documents... Read more...
Office for iPad is finally here, and for once, the term “finally” is truly justified. For nearly as long as the iPad has been available, general consumers and enterprise users alike have been clamoring for Microsoft’s suite of document editing tools. In fact, the dearth of Office on iPad enabled an entire ecosystem to grow, with the likes of Quickoffice and DocsToGo stepping in to fill the void. Eventually, Apple’s own iWork suite was unleashed on iOS for free, which also helped bridge the gap. But even still, there has been a void: you can imitate Office and get by, but... Read more...
Office for iPad is finally here, and for once, the term “finally” is truly justified. For nearly as long as the iPad has been available, general consumers and enterprise users alike have been clamoring for Microsoft’s suite of document editing tools. In fact, the dearth of Office on iPad enabled an entire ecosystem to grow, with the likes of Quickoffice and DocsToGo stepping in to fill the void. Eventually, Apple’s own iWork suite was unleashed on iOS for free, which also helped bridge the gap. But even still, there has been a void: you can imitate Office and get by,... Read more...
Rivals Microsoft and Apple both stand to benefit from the former making available its Office productivity suite on the latter's iPad devices, and having now done that, the reception by users has been encouraging. Barely more than a week after launching its suite of apps on iPad, Microsoft took to Twitter to announce 12 million combined downloads of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, each of which are available individually for free. This launch was a long time coming. It had been rumored for the past couple of years, but rivalries being what they are, Microsoft avoided iOS longer than it should... Read more...
Microsoft today talked a lot about embracing the "mobile-first, cloud-first" world that's taking shape, and as was previously rumored this week, the Redmond outfit finally unveiled a version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad. The "Office for iPad" release includes free and reimagined versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. With the free versions, users can read their Word documents, view their Excel data, and give presentations using PowerPoint. To actually edit and create new documents, users need to pony up for an Office 365 subscription. "Your Office 365 subscription not only... Read more...
While Microsoft was on a roll with its SkyDrive rebranding campaign, the company figured it might as well rename its Office Web Apps--now called “Office Online”--in an effort to convince users to engage with the service. There’s nothing wrong with what Office Web Apps offered, and it doesn’t appear that much of anything has changed with the new Office Online name, but it’s clear that people weren’t using the service as much as Microsoft would like. “First, we’re renaming Office Web Apps to Office Online so you know where to find our free online experience.... Read more...
In some cases, it's best to build your own. In other cases, it's best to just partner with the market leader. Microsoft is leaning towards that latter option this week as it pertains to the latest Office 365 addition, with a new DocuSign partnership destined to bring eSignature support to its flagship cloud product. It's a long-term deal that should make the process of signing documents shuffled around in the Office world that much easier. And, instead of having to leave the Office 365 ecosystem, you'll be able to submit authorized signatures right from within. The app will be tightly integrated... Read more...
Microsoft has taken its time creating touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Office for iPads, Android tablets, and even its own Windows tablets, but the wait may nearly be over--for iPad users. Originally, the Windows tablet version was scheduled to debut before the iPad version, for obvious reasons, but ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley believes that the opposite will be true. “But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year,” she wrote. “According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK'd the suggestion by the Office team... Read more...
It’s Patch Tuesday folks, and Microsoft has issued its monthly slew of updates. It’s more or less good news, as there are just four this time around, and none are labelled as “critical”--all four are merely “important”. Bulletin 1 is a remote code execution vulnerability that affects all versions of Microsoft Office (2003 and up), Web Apps, and SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1 and later. Bulletin 2 is aimed at solving a problem with a PDF exploit in targeted attacks that Microsoft first addressed in Security Advisory (2914486) which allowed for an elevation... Read more...
You can hardly find a job posting that doesn’t list proficiency with Microsoft’s suite of Office tools as a requirement, and Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are ubiquitous in schools and business around the world. Thus, it makes sense for colleges and universities to provide students with access to Office, but of course Office licenses cost a good bit of money even as Microsoft moves its iconic Office suite to the cloud with Office 365. To defray the cost for schools, Microsoft has launched its Student Advantage program that allows educational institutions who subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus... Read more...
The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, actually. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we’re reviewing... Read more...
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