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Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has shown a surprising amount of “love” for its competitors. It has provided high-functioning Office apps to iOS and Android users well ahead of solutions for its own Windows Phone platform. It has even partnered with Dropbox, which goes head-to-head with Microsoft’s own OneDrive online cloud storage solution. Today, Microsoft has even more love to share, as it is taking steps to offer more robust cloud storage integration into its Office apps. That starts today with the addition of updated iOS Office apps that allow users to “open, edit and save documents from these [third-party cloud storage providers] right from within Office.” That means that iOS users can... Read more...
There are few pieces of software as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Office, and given its prominence for the past two-and-a-half decades, it's a hard ruler to overthrow. But that notion doesn't tame the likes of Google. In fact, the company's come forward about its plans to dethrone Microsoft Office, and nab at least 80% of its business. Now that's what we call ambition. Google's Microsoft Office chase began ten-years-ago with the launch of its Google Apps platform. Today, Google Apps has become a solid all-in-one solution for businesses wanting to move most of their data and services to the cloud, such as email, storage, and so forth. Since 2007, Google's Docs service... Read more...
Anyone who has run a pre-release version of an operating system accepts that the price of early access is the possibility of glitches. Today, Windows 10 Technical Preview users who were looking forward to the release of Universal Office apps for Windows 10 are putting up with just such a glitch: Microsoft says some users are having trouble downloading the apps. It’s working on a fix this morning and plans to keep Technical Preview users updated here. With its Universal Office apps for Windows 10, Microsoft is seeking to give users the same features and interfaces on computers and mobile devices. To that end, Microsoft recently updated its apps for Android and iOS. The apps have received generally... Read more...
If the events of January are any indication, Microsoft is going to have a killer year. It kicked things off by announcing Windows 10 and following it up days later with a free-to-download preview version. Then, Microsoft announced Office 2016 for the latter half of this year and said it would release updated Office apps for Android and iOS sooner. The iOS update was released just last week, and today the new Office for Android is ready for action. Excel for Android The apps include Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft also released a preview version of Outlook for Android (and made a full Outlook for iOS available on iTunes). OneNote for Android has been on the Google Play Store for a couple... Read more...
In a perfect world, we all could forget all about Windows 8 and the headaches that it caused for regular consumers all over the world. Microsoft’s heart was in the right place; it sought out to create an operating system that would not only cater to its existing base of desktop and notebook users, but also to the growing tablet market. However, the company missed the mark and ended up with a UI that did more to frustrate than to increase the productivity of users. Microsoft sought to right the ship with tweaks in Windows 8.1, but many consumers had already put on their life preservers at that point. Microsoft has learned from its Windows 8.x mistakes and even skipped right over “9” to further... Read more...
Windows Phone has captured roughly 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market, and its fortunes don’t exactly look promising in the face of cutthroat competition from the likes of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Considering that Microsoft has a darling property in its portfolio like Office, one would expect that the folks in Redmond would devote its time and resources to ensuring that the productivity suite shined the brightest on Windows Phone. However, as we’ve seen in the past few months, Microsoft has devoted the majority of its resources into making Office look and function better on iOS and Android while Windows Phone users have been left shaking their heads. You can’t exactly blame... Read more...
Microsoft's latest play in mobile is to make Office apps free for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. That means you no longer need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit content on any of the major mobile platforms as Microsoft makes a push to bring Office to everyone, everywhere. However, that's not the only news. For iPhone users, Microsoft went and carved up the all-in-one Office app into individual apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Along with Android users, these new apps offer the same experience and features that people with Office for iPad have been enjoying, the company said. In addition, Microsoft will soon be rolling out its Office for Android tablet preview. You can sign... Read more...
Microsoft isn't a fan of email bloat, and I think many would fall into the same camp. We're not talking the number of emails here, but rather the clunky and weighty attachments that can come included with some of them. If you're working in an environment where you collaborate often, attachments can become even more cumbersome, especially when you download one and realize the sender re-sent and updated copy later on. Again - clunky, clunky, clunky. To help streamline the entire attachment process, Microsoft has updated its Outlook Web App to allow the sender to attach a file to their OneDrive account, rather than attach it inline. This way, the email will be stored in the cloud, and the sender... Read more...
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 package, too. If you’re thinking: “What? Doesn’t Microsoft already give Office to... 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 forever. Following Google I/O, the company has quietly announced that Quickoffice will be yanked from... 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 with a single tap. Predictably, the apps will open with the most recently edited files shown... 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 online with a single click from their desktop. This is especially handy for people who own... 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 there was real, no bona fide replacement for the original... Office Mobile For iPad and iPhone Review... 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 there was real, no bona fide replacement for the original. Just months after Microsoft knighted... Read more...
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