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Office 365 is getting a facelift. Microsoft recently announced that it will release several updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft’s goal with these changes is to offer users a more powerful and streamlined experience. Microsoft will initially release three updates. First, Office 365 will include a new “ribbon” that is cleaner and dedicates more space for collaboration. Users who tend to work more on their own or prefer to have most of the commands at their fingertips will still be able to expand the ribbon to the familiar three-line view. Microsoft argued that one of the reasons that it is allowing customers to keep the classic ribbon is because users “have... Read more...
Word is ubiquitous these days (as are the rest of its Office app counterparts), which is possible thanks to decades of development and advancement by Microsoft. But despite the fact that Word may have a few grey whiskers jutting from its chinny chin chin, this old dog is definitely up for learning some new tricks. And today, Microsoft has revealed that its machine learning prowess has resulted in a new feature that will make it easier for researchers to search for information without impeding their workflow. If you’re writing a research paper, Microsoft’s new Researcher tool for Office 365 brings in the power of the Bing Knowledge Graph via a sidebar that pops up on the right-hand side of your... Read more...
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, although some additional functionality is opened up for those that sign up for an Office 365 subscription.... 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...
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 or Office Professional Plus for faculty and staff to deliver Office 365 ProPlus to students for... 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 tables, and the ability to insert headers and footers. In the Excel app, you can now drag and drop... Read more...
Pretty much everyone has used Microsoft Office before, and many of us have been using it our entire lives. And although it’s true that over the years each generation of the software has improved, there’s arguably never been a release of Microsoft Office as dramatic as the introduction of Office 365. Office 365 offers desktop versions of the full suite of application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Visio) and much, much more by leveraging the power of the cloud and employing a subscription service model. In a nutshell, Office 365 allows you to create, edit, share, and collaborate on Office documents on your own or with others and stay synced with colleagues... Read more...
If the only thing stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is the lack of support for Microsoft Word and/or Excel, you'll be happy to know that there's an update to the developer channel build of Chrome OS that adds the ability to edit both types of files on an experimental basis. Chromium evangelist François Beaufort first noticed the capability, which appears in the Chromium Code Review simply as "Improved QuickOffice editing about:flag." To access the feature, your Chrome OS device has to be on the developer channel, If it is, just type "chrome://flags" (without the quotes) into the address bar, scroll down to "Enable document editing," and click "Enable." Once you make the change... 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 the same options as the rest of us again, which is 7GB free or 20GB ($10/yr), 50GB ($25/yr), or 100GB... 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 firsthand look at the Office 2013 Professional Plus edition in November. There are new versions of Word,... 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 complete document compatibility. (Emphasis original). It was always a given that Microsoft Office... Read more...
While the company has diversified into a range of products and services, Windows and Office remain Microsoft's major cash earners; the revenue from these massive areas is used to cover losses in segments like Internet use.This helps to explain why MS recently published a story on the hidden cost of migrating to Google Apps. The company's assurances that it's only trying to help companies make a more informed decision is a poorly built facade for masking its own unease. Tom Rizzo writes: "No one would willingly give the IRS more than they owe, or submit to taxes they weren’t required to pay. So why is it that people and businesses allow themselves to be unfairly “taxed” by Google? ... Read more...
Simple software launches don't often grace the front page here at Hot Hardware, but Office is the 800lb. gorilla that no one can ignore. Yet. Google is working tirelessly to replace the need for standalone desktop Office products with Google Documents, an online suite of similar products that can be used on any machine connected to the Internet. It's a shift toward cloud-based computing, and Microsoft's obviously not ignoring that bandwagon. This week, the company launched their latest version of Office: Office 2010. Early reviews have found that this shouldn't be high on your upgrade list if you're a simple home user, but for enterprises who need to create files that are more graphically intense... Read more...
We definitely had to take a second look at our calendar, but it's not April 1st. In fact, it's nowhere near it. Microsoft--the giant that you would think could never be taken down--has just has its holiday thrown for a loop. Or, at least Microsoft's team of lawyers. If you'll remember back, Microsoft had heard from a judge that its immensely popular Word program could no longer be sold due to the software infringing on patents of one i4i. Of course, Microsoft appealed and did its best to delay things, but it looks as if today's verdict could mean business. i4i had a patent on some XML inner-workings, which Word evidently uses freely. Naturally, i4i isn't too pleased with this. Imagine all of... Read more...
Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled Tuesday that Microsoft can no longer sell Microsoft Word in the United States due to patent infringement. One can imagine Bill Gates having to pick himself off the floor after reading that ruling. Indeed, the ubiquitous software that you probably use every day infringes a patent, according to Davis. To be perfectly honest, Davis' ruling simply upheld a $200M verdict issued in May of this year, when jurors found that Microsoft willfully infringed an i4i patent, (No. 5,787,449) on a method for reading XML. According to the press release announcing the judgment, the injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling... Read more...
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated a number of techniques for listening in on the electromagnetic emanations coming from wired keyboards and interpreting that information into the actual keystrokes pressed. The two researchers, Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini, tested four different versions of this technique on 11 different wired keyboards with PS/2 and USB connections, as well as with... Read more...
HotHardware told you yesterday about the Associated Press' hardline approach to linking to their news service stories and excerpting their copy. AP seems a little sketchy about the way in which the doctrine of Fair Use is generally understood on the Internet. As if in an attempt to double down on what is fast becoming a public relations debacle for the news service, AP has a web form for bloggers to use when referring to AP news stories, and it's comedy gold. AP wants to charge you $12.50 to excerpt five words from their articles. The New York Times, an AP member organization, refers to this as an “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web... Read more...
OpenID is an service which allows users to log on to many different web sites using a single username / password. This eliminates the need to create and remember a strong username / password for each site. The assumption, of course, is you create a strong OpenID.Of course, if that information is lost or stolen, you're in big trouble.  What if there was another level of authentication, however.The new system, CallVerifID, uses your mobile phone to perform an extra security measure before it will authenticate you on its service. It works like this: When you want to authenticate a site using MyOpenID, first you sign on as usual, with your user ID and password. Then the service calls your phone... Read more...
If you thought your own passwords were secure, then you haven’t seen anything yet.   There is an interesting bug in Windows 2000 SP1 and Advanced Server that occasionally produces (and enforces!) the following error:“Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords.  Please type a different password. Type a password that meets these requirements in both text boxes.”Luckily there is already a fix in place, but this one is certainly worth a laugh. If you happen to know anyone out there running either of these products, you can give them a heart attack by logging into an MIT realm, pressing CTL + ALT + DELETE and changing your password to something... Read more...
The tax rebates that are supposed to inject a stimulus into the U.S. economy, as we hope you realize, will only come to those who file taxes this year. And the IRS wants to make sure you know about it. So they've taken an unprecedented step. They have posted a video on YouTube (below) advertising it. Our only comment: when is the last time you trolled YouTube for something from the IRS?... Read more...
No question about this, this is one heck of a bug.A woman was stunned and a software company apologetic after an offensive word showed up on a computerized typing test. Monica Loadholdt was using Perfect Typing Pro, a software program made by Cosmi, when the 'N word' showed up in one of the typing exercises."I just stopped," Monica remembers. "I said, 'What did I just type here?'"Let's make sure we type this carefully: O-O-P-S.... Read more...
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