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Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

There is perhaps no Microsoft feature as ridiculed and as reviled as Clippy, the not so helpful, overzealous, and obnoxious "Assistant" that Microsoft introduced in its Office suite. Although Clippy has long been buried, its legacy continues, albeit in split features. Part of its mission now lives on in the Researcher and Editor features for Microsoft Word, which, as the names say, help users in their research and editing tasks. Thankfully, they are less unsavory and even less visible than Clippy.

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New OneNote Mac ink support sees Microsoft crank Evernote pressure

New OneNote Mac ink support sees Microsoft crank Evernote pressure

Mac users of Microsoft's OneNote are getting the inking support Apple fans have requested, part of a broad-reaching update for the note software as it attempts to squash Evernote. The new macOS feature follows OneNote's support of Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, and allows MacBook users - or those with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad - to write, draw, and highlight in their notes.

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Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Microsoft Office to get another controversial revamp

Just when you thought you have put the horrors of Ribbons and Tiles behind you, it seems Microsoft is ready to tempt fate again. At Speaking at the Bloomberg Technology Conference, Microsoft Office chief experience officer (CEO?) Julie Larson-Green revealed that she just shook up again one of Microsoft's most sacred products. She is reorganizing and re-aligning teams in order to turn the Office suite from being document-centric to task-focused, with individual pieces of content easily accessible from Cortana. Probably much to the chagrin of long-time Office users again.

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OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

OneNote importing from Evernote made easy with new tool

Microsoft wants to draw Evernote users over to its own note-taking app, OneNote, and as such has released a tool that makes things easier. As of today, Evernote users can download the new OneNote Importer tool for importing Evernote content into Microsoft OneNote. For now, the importing tool is only available for Windows, but it’ll be arriving on Mac soon, as well.

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You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

Just last week, Slack practically issued a challenge to Skype, adding a voice calling feature which would lay the foundation for video chats in the future. Asserting its presence in the productivity world, Skype has announced new features that integrate the voice and video communication platform deeper into Microsoft's ecosystem. Now Skype users can start chatting, by text or by voice, right in the middle of editing a document on Office on the Web, or do likewise right inside OneDrive, also on the Web.

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Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

It might still be a surprise and a puzzle for some that Microsoft has apps on both Android and iOS, though it seems to have a preference for the former. It is all part of a strategy to reclaim its lost ground, especially in the Office space. To say that Microsoft is aggressively pushing those Android apps to more users wouldn't be an understatement, as this announcement shows. Redmond has proudly revealed that it now has 74 OEM partners ready to preload its apps on smartphones, and one of them is Acer.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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Lumia 950 and 950 XL get 1yr of Office 365 Personal

Lumia 950 and 950 XL get 1yr of Office 365 Personal

Microsoft is hawking Office 365 Personal with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, doing so to show off "the power of Windows 10.” Those who pick up a Lumia 950 or 950 XL will also be able to use Office 365 Personal on their Mac, PC, or tablet, making it easier to swap files between devices and open them regardless of which bit of hardware is on hand at the moment.

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Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

Harman and Microsoft are bringing Office to your car’s infotainment system

One of the clearest trends at CES 2016 so far is that vehicle infotainment systems are the "new big thing," and because they are basically OS platforms for cars, it's time they run Microsoft Office. That may sound like a joke, but it's what Harman is actually working on, with help from Microsoft. Harman's vision is to allow drivers to use the Cortana voice assistant to do things like schedule meetings, join conference calls, and respond to emails.

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OneNote, FiftyThree partner to add Pencil and Paper support

OneNote, FiftyThree partner to add Pencil and Paper support

Digital handwriting has come a long way over the years, and a new feature coming to OneNote called Ink Shape Recognition will further refine that; this new feature will recognize and refine the shapes one writes into perfect shapes. A scraggly looking hand-drawn circle, for example, will automatically transform into a perfect circle. In addition, Microsoft has announced that OneNote and FiftyThree have partnered to bring the latter company’s Pencil and Paper products to OneNote on iPad.

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Microsoft, ASUS patent pact means more smartphone bloatware

Microsoft, ASUS patent pact means more smartphone bloatware

Microsoft's new mission seems to be to embrace its former enemies, from writing a Linux-based system, to coddling Android users, to catering to Apple fans. Of course, in most cases, it isn't doing so for free. Microsoft may be backing down on some of its patent lawsuits against Android, but in some cases it comes with a price more than just monetary settlement. "Expanding" on a patent licensing accord that the two earlier made, ASUS has agreed to, among other things, pre-install Microsoft's Office apps on its Android devices.

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iPad Pro version of Office will require 365 subscription

iPad Pro version of Office will require 365 subscription

The recently announced iPad Pro is certainly poised to offer the perfect combination of portability and heavy-duty multi-tasking computing, but for any users planning to make the mobile versions of Microsoft's Office their apps of choice, there's going to be an extra cost. Microsoft has said that in order to use the Office apps on the iPad Pro, users will need to be subscribers to Office 365, even for simple tasks like viewing or editing documents.

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