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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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Outlook.com adds Save to OneDrive

Outlook.com adds Save to OneDrive

Users of Outlook.com for emails have a new feature that they will appreciate that promises to make saving those attachments you receive much easier. The new feature is called Save to OneDrive and it makes saving attachments to your OneDrive account a single click proposition. The new feature is rolling out to customers worldwide this week.

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Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Windows Phone hinted to be getting native Microsoft Office app

Poor Windows Phone users always among the last to get flagship apps for their device, if at all, and that has become even more apparent recently with Microsoft offering the best mobile Office experience on rival iOS and Android devices. Hopefully that will changing soon as Microsoft is expected to reveal more details about its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, and if a recent post from exec Joe Belfiore is to be believed, we'll also be seeing completely revamped Office apps for Windows Phone, equal to those on other platforms.

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Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Drive and Docs are popular, but for the increasingly competitive enterprise space, Office reigns supreme. Until recently, you and your work mates had to make an ad hoc decision to go with Office or Docs, which likely caused some consternation. Even if you all got on the same page, files coming from the outside likely weren’t of the Google Docs variety. They were also likely emailed. To help on both fronts, Google ahs updated Docs routinely, and the latest lets you edit Office files from within Gmail.

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