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Microsoft clarifies Office landscape, free for mobile

Microsoft clarifies Office landscape, free for mobile

Remember the days when Microsoft was derided for having half a dozen editions to choose from, much to the exasperation of many consumers. While Redmond has now tried to streamline things a bit, rallying behind the single "Windows 10" banner, it seems that bad habits are really that hard to break. Especially when it comes to its Office suite. Microsoft's incursion into mobile, and not just on its own platform, has required a slight shift in its business model. In order to prepare consumers for the storm ahead, Microsoft is trying to give some tidbits on how it plans to move forward, across all the devices, platforms, and user categories they now cover.

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Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

Open source LibreOffice coming soon to a browser near you

If you're anything of an open source (or free and open source) software advocate, chances are you are well familiar with the attempts to produce a productivity suite to rival and replace Microsoft Office. It has been a long and rather uphill journey, though with relative success in some some quarters. But with Microsoft now spreading its wings to other platforms, particularly mobile and the Web, the battleground has also changed drastically. Already four years in the making, an online version of the LibreOffice suite might soon become reality if this new partnership between companies really bear fruit.

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Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

Microsoft productivity services will be on new Samsung and Dell Android devices

It's about to get easier to work from anywhere. Cloud computing helps, but it's only a small part of the big picture when it comes to effectively working from anywhere. To truly be untethered from the office chair, the same productivity programs like Word and Excel are needed on tablets and smartphones. We're in luck because soon all of the Microsoft productivity services like Microsoft Office and OneDrive will be pre-installed on Samsung's Android devices, making it that much easier to take your work with you wherever you go.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has launched its Office 2016 for Mac preview, giving Apple users with a taste for office software a chance to preview its upcoming release. The official release won't take place until sometime in the second half of this year, but we've been given a full look at the features now, and they include an interface that has been built from the ground up to play well with Mac (and that includes Retina displays). We've the rest of the details and instructions on how to get it yourself after the jump!

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Office 365 now free to eligible students worldwide

Office 365 now free to eligible students worldwide

College is filled with writing papers, giving presentations, and even the occasional spreadsheet. It's always such a hassle going to the campus library to use their licensed Microsoft products. Now, Microsoft is making it easier get to the top of the class by offering Microsoft Office 365 free to students. That's right, you won't even have to buy it at your student discount rate, because now it won't cost a dime. They've offered this before and limited it to the US, but now their campaign has gone worldwide.

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Office for iOS paves way for storage in any cloud

Office for iOS paves way for storage in any cloud

Microsoft has thrown open its iOS Office apps to third-party cloud services, allowing any online storage provider to burrow inside, and with the same support for other mobile and browser versions in the pipeline. The feature, launching today on the iPhone and iPad versions of Office, but coming for Office for Windows 10 and for Android in time, should mean that no matter which cloud store you prefer - Box, iCloud, or something else - it should show up in the "Locations" file picker. Meanwhile, there's also new Office Online integration support, with Microsoft hoping other services will bake the apps into their platforms.

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OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

OneNote 2013 ditches feature restrictions for personal users

In 2014, Microsoft made its OneNote 2013 note-taking software free for personal use, something that was well received but not without its restrictions. To do away with those restrictions, you'd have to get a paid edition, something that Microsoft has decided to do away with entirely. From now on, OneNote 2013 will have a bunch of those previously restricted features available on the free edition (for personal users, obviously), something Microsoft said is in response to user requests received over past months.

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Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft seems to be increasing its efforts to keep its products relevant even today, when many have migrated to using web apps inside browser or tablets and smartphones. Trying to start the year right, Redmond is kicking off 2015 with tons of new features for the web-based version of its Office suite designed to keep you from feeling that you're only working inside a web app. Of course, until you realize you're shuffling files around in the cloud, particularly inside OneDrive.

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Office for Windows 10 detailed as Office 2016 announced

Office for Windows 10 detailed as Office 2016 announced

Microsoft may be streamlining their efforts with Windows, but they’re about to split Office in two. At yesterday’s Windows 10 party, we got glancing looks at Office on Windows 10. Today, we get a better idea of why that was. Office for Windows 10 is not all Microsoft has in store for us. There’s also Office 2016, which will be available to other platforms — and probably not quite as cool as Office for Windows 10. Luckily, Office fans won’t have to wait long, as Office 2016 comes out in the second half of this year.

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Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

While there is, without a doubt, some good in Microsoft embracing other mobile platforms, some of its own Windows Phone users feel a bit left out, if not betrayed, by Redmond's seeming neglect of its own loyal fans. Like for example, the Office Windows Phone app, which is now believed by some to be the worst version among iOS and Android. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore promised, however, that Windows Phone users would have something grin about by February, but they might not be grinning if the new Office app would actually look like iOS instead.

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