Office

  • Microsoft’s New Office App, Sway, Is Now Open To Everyone

    Microsoft’s New Office App, Sway, Is Now Open To Everyone

    Microsoft’s Sway, an online tool for creating presentation documents, is now generally available to the public. Previously, a waiting list was in place. That Sway has taken down its rope line isn’t surprising. What is perhaps slightly unexpected are the metrics that Microsoft announced in its blog post concerning the product’s availability. Read More

  • Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office

    Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office

    Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropbox applications. Explains Dropbox in a blog post announcing the… Read More

  • Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity

    At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft executives explained their views on the future of productivity to a small press cadre. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, opened the day’s happenings with an explanation of the company’s core focuses, listing platform work, and productivity itself as two of its chief efforts. The executive indicated that productivity… Read More

  • Microsoft Doubles Down On Office For Tablets

    Microsoft Doubles Down On Office For Tablets

    This morning, Microsoft announced a number of changes to its Office productivity tools that will expand their mobile availability, and allow more of the public to use the apps for free. Office for iPad, released earlier this year to quick adoption, has been updated to include a full set of iPhone-friendly applications. The new unified apps, called Office for iOS, are being released… Read More

  • Microsoft And Salesforce Promise Windows, Office And OneDrive Integration

    Microsoft And Salesforce Promise Windows, Office And OneDrive Integration

    It turns out that Microsoft and Salesforce were serious when the two firms detailed a plan to integrate their products earlier this year. Today at the Dreamforce conference, the companies announced that a Salesforce1 app for Windows Phone will be released the second half of 2015, that Office will see integration with the Salesforce suite, and that OneDrive will also garner a connection to the… Read More

  • Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    Office’s Place In The New Microsoft

    In a recent Vanity Fair feature on Microsoft that you should certainly read, a comment from former CEO Bill Gates is worth considering: “[T]he original idea of having great software people and broad software products and Office being the primary tool that people look to across all these devices, that’s as true today and as strong as ever.” Read More

  • Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Microsoft Tailors OneNote For Android Tablets, Updates OneNote For Windows

    Fresh out this morning is a tablet optimized version of OneNote for Android, and several new features to OneNote for Windows. OneNote for Android tablets — you can snag it here — contains what Microsoft calls “handwriting support,” more formatting options, and interface tweaks to better suit larger tablet screens. In keeping with Microsoft’s cross-platform… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Prepare another entry into your File Of No Surprise: Microsoft is moving ahead with its efforts to bring the highly lucrative Office franchise to Android tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently prepping a private beta of the new software. A sign-up page has been mostly taken offline since the news broke. A full Office suite for Android tablets is roughly as surprising as… Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

    Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise,” he said, and also added that he “wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store.” Cook admitted that Apple’s “customers are clearly responding in a good way… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Heartbleed security hole, changing landscape of Twitter notifications, Brendan Eich’s exit from Mozilla, politically charged and leadership compromised, Condoleezza Rice heading to the Dropbox Board of Directors? Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Box. Office on the iPad… Read More

  • Outlook Web App For Office 365 To Get Smart Clutter Filter, OneDrive For Business Integration

    Outlook Web App For Office 365 To Get Smart Clutter Filter, OneDrive For Business Integration

    Microsoft today announced a number of forthcoming updates to the Outlook Web App for Office 365 at its Exchange Conference in Austin. Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Office Service and Servers group, said that the overall strategy here is to embrace “cloud-first, mobile-first communications.” Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Sign Language

    Gillmor Gang: Sign Language

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — barely came out of the gates before John Taschek let Comcast have it, and really you need to see the visual on this one. After the salute to the internet provider, talk circled around Microsoft’s release of Office for iPad. Is it important? Well, no one on the show seemed to… Read More

  • Office For iPad Review: Surprisingly Worth The Wait

    Office For iPad Review: Surprisingly Worth The Wait

    Microsoft has launched new Office for iPad software, finally, after people have been asking for it since, oh, say, the day in 2010 when the iPad originally launched. The new apps are currently available for anyone to download, so you can scratch that four-year itch, but is it worth it? Read on to find out why Microsoft’s iPad-based productivity suite will be a lifesaver for some, but… Read More

  • Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free

    Office For iPhone And Android Is Now Free

    Along with a new version of Office for iPad, Microsoft made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today. The apps have updated in the respective app stores and can be snagged here for iPhone and here for Android. Read More

  • Microsoft Gives Its Office Web Apps A New, Flatter Look

    Microsoft Gives Its Office Web Apps A New, Flatter Look

    Microsoft is giving its Office Web Apps a new look today, it seems. While the company hasn’t done all that much to promote its Office Web Apps lately, they are pretty capable online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that are free for anyone to use. Today, the company is giving all of these apps a user interface overhaul that brings an even flatter design, some new features… Read More

  • Microsoft Starts Taking Office On The Web Seriously

    Microsoft Starts Taking Office On The Web Seriously

    Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms. Overall, the update was very much in line with the other 100 changes Microsoft had made to its subscription-based Office version for consumers and businesses, but one feature stood out. Starting this week, all Office Web Apps will feature real-time collaborative editing – a… Read More

  • Apple, Microsoft And Free Software

    Apple, Microsoft And Free Software

    Apple announced this week that it will make its iWork suite of productivity applications free on new OS X and iOS devices. The company also made the Mavericks update to OS X free for all users, immediately. Microsoft recently released its Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8 for free, has begun to bundle its Office set of products with Windows RT, and now sells Office as a service through its… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

    Gillmor Gang: Bluetooth Nipple Rings

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — demonstrate once again a complete disregard for the trending topics of the week. Instead, we talk bodyware, iBeam fashion design, the things that are still dead, and a healthy component of digital dish disguised as news. Excerpt from the live chat stream: Most people think they use tech… Read More

  • SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations

    SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations

    A small, Shanghai-based startup called SlideIdea made its official debut at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley this past week, with a new take on presentation tools built for iPad first. Though this space is rife with competitors, including not only Apple’s own Keynote app, as well as Prezi, Haiku Deck, Flowboard, and others, what makes SlideIdea interesting is its “smart… Read More

  • Box Announces Box Notes, A Lightweight Editing Tool That Is An Opening Salvo Against Microsoft Office

    Box Announces Box Notes, A Lightweight Editing Tool That Is An Opening Salvo Against Microsoft Office

    Aaron Levie’s Box is a quickly growing, enterprise-facing file storage company that has accreted to itself enough in-house technical prowess to expand its feature footprint to new niches that fit on top of its core product, allowing it to become a vertically integrated digital information behemoth. Or, in simpler verbiage, Box has built a small tool called Box Notes that brings, for… Read More

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