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Microsoft continues its quest for multi-platform domination with the official release of Office for Android smartphones. Microsoft of course has Office software available for its own Windows and Windows Phone (and future Windows 10 Mobile) operating systems along with iOS and OS X, but today marks the day that your average Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4 users can grab the suite from the Google Play Store. Like the version of Office that was earlier released for Android tablets, mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available separately to download. The entire suite is available for free,... Read more...
The next-generation of PowerPoint presentations is almost here, and to help get the ball moving on getting some projects created, Microsoft has just opened up what it's calling the "Office Mix Preview". At the moment, anyone with an access code can get in; otherwise, you'll need to fill out a survey and hope to gain access once Microsoft deems you fit. Office Mix comes to us in the form of a plugin that slips into PowerPoint 2013, and with it, highly interactive presentations can be created. These presentations are not meant to be shown during a boardroom meeting, per se, but rather be handed off... 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...
Microsoft announced that its Office Web Apps, the teaser portion of its Office 365 initiative, are getting some updates in the form of real-time co-authoring, which allows multiple users to collaborate on a single document simultaneously. Users can work from their desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices whether online or offline. (Even if you’re working offline on a shared document, your changes will sync when you reconnect.) Further, some of the Office Web Apps received individual updates. The Word app has improved formatting, find and replace, more styles and formatting for... Read more...
Let’s not kid ourselves, the era of showing up to work at 8am, sitting at your desk all day, and leaving it all at the office at 5pm is over. Although that’s still the “standard” work paradigm, most workers find a sincere need for mobile productivity, whether that’s due to a long commute on the train in the morning and evening, frequent air travel, working with clients or colleagues in different geographic locations, or a thousand other miscellaneous scenarios. (Show of hands: Who hasn’t had to slip away from a family holiday gathering for a few minutes to take... Read more...
Most of us get 7GB of free cloud storage space on SkyDrive with a free Microsoft account, which includes free web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It’s frankly a pretty good deal, but Microsoft is hooking up college students with a slightly better one. College students can get free 3GB of additional SkyDrive storage for a year. All they have to do is enter their .EDU email address at Sky Drive for Students to verify that they’re in school, and they’ll suddenly have 10GB of total free storage. Once that year expires, college students will apparently be back to... Read more...
My, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were taking the wraps off of our shiny new copy of Office 2010, and now it appears that Office 2013 will grace us with its presence shortly. According to the official teasers on Twitter, Microsoft is planning announce Office 2013 from Bryant Park, New York later today with the (large, orange) key themes being “amaze”, “create” “imagine”, and “explore”. Microsoft hit the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) mark with the latest version of its ubiquitous software in October, and some users got a lengthy... Read more...
Last week, Windows 8's head developer, Steven Sinofsky, published an 8,600-word blog post describing virtually every facet of Windows 8's development, including the hardware Microsoft has used for system testing and simulation. One of the major bullet points of the announcement was the following: WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These new Office applications, codenamed “Office 15”, have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption, while also being fully-featured for consumers and providing... Read more...
If you don't live under a rock, you've seen a PowerPoint presentation. Al Gore won an Oscar and a Nobel for what is essentially a PowerPoint presentation, although since he sits on the board of Apple he must use Keynote. But a series of slides designed to drive home the points of a speaker in a meeting is as common a computer utility as you can find.  And Microsoft's PowerPoint is so dominant that it's become the defacto name of the idea.  Google's bag of web-hosted applications, called Google Docs, is designed to compete with Microsoft Office Suite.  Can you bore an audience properly... Read more...