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Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office for Android phones is here. At last, Android users can maximize productivity as well as iOS and Windows Phone users. Until now, if Android users had Office 365 they could use Office Mobile, which was pretty basic. With the new apps, Office 365 users still get an advantage. (Otherwise what would be point of the subscription fee?) While the apps are free to all users, the people without 365 accounts will be limited to opening, editing, and saving files. 365 members will have functionality that almost mirrors the full PC versions. For example, subscribers get a button in the Word for Android app that brings up a pop-up tool tray where you can make changes to layout, format, paragraphs, headers, footers and more without ever having to leave the document.

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Box for Office Online lets you edit Office docs from the cloud

Box for Office Online lets you edit Office docs from the cloud

The online cloud storage service, Box, is now an official Microsoft OFfice 365 Cloud Storage Partner. Users will see new integrations with Office Online, making it easier to be productive without having to install the full range of Office programs on every device they own. According to Box, there are over one billion Microsoft Office files on its cloud at the moment. That makes Office files the single most uploaded files proliferating Box. To make it even easier to access and edit those files, Box created Box for Office Online. This new service is designed to bring users the best of Office Online's online editing capabilities for Office documents paired with Box's multi-device cloud service.

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Microsoft new productivity apps leaked; Office Now and OneClip

Microsoft new productivity apps leaked; Office Now and OneClip

Microsoft has some new productivity apps in the works for Android, iOS, and of course, Windows Phone. Microsoft is reportedly internally testing apps ranging from an evolved, personal assistant called Office Now to a cross-device cloud-based clipboard called OneClip. Microsoft's Office Now could be the "Personal Agent" that Bill Gates hinted at in a recent Reddit AMA. Gates said at the time, "The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model - the agent will help solve this."

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Dropbox for iOS adds commenting, Office doc creation coming soon

Dropbox for iOS adds commenting, Office doc creation coming soon

Dropbox has undergone a series of changes recently, adding support for commenting and better inner office communication. Much of those changes have come to the desktop, but Dropbox hasn’t forgotten mobile users. A new update for their iOS app will help you get in and out of the app faster, and even has better support for starting or editing documents. Create a new file, and you’ll soon have the option to make it a native Office document, and enjoy the same features you have via the desktop like @mentions.

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Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

It seems that Microsoft's Office team is almost ready for a big release. The next version of the desktop productivity suite, Office 2016, will carry a ton of features, some of which are both convenient and fancy but also perhaps a bit unsettling for some more traditional users. One of the highlights of the upcoming release, which can now be tested in this public preview, is the addition of collaborative editing. That said, many of these new features relies on a deeper integration with Microsoft's own OneDrive cloud storage, whose presence is palpable in almost every corner.

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Microsoft adds Game of Thrones words to Word’s spellcheck

Microsoft adds Game of Thrones words to Word’s spellcheck

Fantasy stories are fun, but trying to write about them is tricky -- tis a rare fantasy novel that uses conventional spellings, and the end result is two things: a lot of head scratching and Web searching in hunt of the correct spelling, and a bunch of squiggly red lines under words that a word processor thinks are spelled incorrectly. Such problems will no longer affect those using Microsoft Word, however...at least not if they're writing about Game of Thrones, which now holds a place in Word's spellcheck.

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Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

Microsoft moves Outlook for Android out of Preview

It took them a while but Microsoft is now declaring that its Android app for Outlook is ready for prime time. Unfortunately for Android users, Microsoft somewhat rubbed it in that their iOS counterparts actually go to that goal first. After a round of polishing, Outlook for Android is available for everyone with an Android device (and Google Play Store and running Android 4.0 or higher) and could very well take on Gmail in some features, especially when it comes to customization and offering a somewhat integrated productivity suite.

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Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

It seems as though everyone is getting ready for the Apple Watch launch, including Microsoft. Today, Microsoft released a new update to the iOS edition of PowerPoint. The update incorporates input Apple Watch, and lets you use it as a remote control for presentations. You will be able to start a presentation and navigate through slides by swiping the smartwatch face on your wrist, making it a neat trick that is equally fit for a college group presentation or a dynamic sales pitch.

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Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Skype is officially entering the business world with Microsoft's new platform Skype for Business (SfB). Skype has made some great strides recently. Last week, updates for the original platform included modernizing its Skype Translator tool by adding Mandarin and Italian to its repertoire of languages. Microsoft's latest offering SfB is a completely separate system and is aims to take inter-office communication to the next level. Skype for Business will allow users to conference with up to 250 people. If your clients aren't using the new platform yet, the new conferencing system will be able to connect you with anyone using a phone or Internet connection.

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Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft are ramping up their collaboration, building on last year's efforts to bake the cloud into Office on mobile devices with support for the web, too. The new feature means that while working with Office Online, it's possible to access a Dropbox account directly, opening existing documents or saving new ones there. Conversely, if you're logged into Dropbox, it's now even more straightforward to preview a document within the browser.

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