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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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Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Life has gone digital, but all sorts of documents and photos remain. It is uncomfortable leaving the important ones in their physical paper form -- a flood, a fire, a mischievous cat are all potential sources of destruction, and it's not really possible to replace an old photo for which the negatives are long gone. A scanner is the way to go if you want the best copies possible, but for every other situation, your phone is surprisingly capable of digitizing them.

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Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Schnap under-desk hammock is for long days at the office

Rough day at the office? Channel your inner George Costanza with the Schnap, an under-desk hammock that, apparently, makes napping at the office easier than ever. You could just lean your chair back, yes, but that'd be too prone to interruption, and what if you're not allowed to nap at work? With an under-desk hammock, you could use a strategically based jacket and chair to hide your non-working ways.

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Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs just made life easier for Android and desktop users, adding an outline feature that appears when you're scrolling through a document. The outline tool picks out pertinent sections of your document and takes you straight to them when selected. Also recently added to Google Docs is an EPUB export option, making it easier to export documents directly for ebook readers and ebook platforms.

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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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New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

New Outlook.com finally comes out of the woodworks for all

Once upon a time in personal computing history, Outlook was the PIM (a now archaic acronym for Personal Information Management) suite. Now that task has practically been replaced by half a dozen different apps. Microsoft, however, is on a quest to reclaim lost time and customers, both on its Office suite and now with Outlook. Outlook.com is now finally out of preview and rolling out to North American users. The latest version isn't just a facelift but represents Microsoft's strategy in getting back its crown.

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NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing desk

NextDesk creates a device that allows your existing, standard desk into a future-ready power-adjustable standing desk. While you could just bust out a stack of books to raise your computer up to standing height, this machine makes the entire process a whole lot easier. With the CrossOver, NextDesk moves from the standing desk elite business to the business of convincing everyone they'd be better off with a desk that's able to rise at will.

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Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft has always had a presence on Apple platforms via its Office suite, competing fiercely with Apple's own blessed iWorks software. But with the launch of the iPad Pro, Redmond has surprisingly become even more aggressive in pushing Office, especially Office 365, to Apple users, both on iOS and on the Mac. This latest announcement aims to endear them further with Apple's own fans, bringing one of the best features of Office to iOS and giving some Mac users early access to upcoming Office features.

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Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Excited, or at least curious, for what might be one of the winning points for Windows 10 Mobile? Better rein in that enthusiasm and read the fine print first. In a post sharing the wonderful updates to Office 365 and Office apps, Microsoft let slip a detail that hasn't been mentioned before or at least never given much attention. Continuum, which would "expand" a mobile app to desktop when an external display is connected, will require a paid Office 365 subscription to edit files starting April next year.

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Office 365 boosts Skype experiences and data analytics for businesses

Office 365 boosts Skype experiences and data analytics for businesses

Microsoft announces availability of a number of additions to voice, video, and meeting experiences in Office 356. This update includes "modernizations" of each of these modes of communication, all the while "saving companies substantial costs in their communication infrastructure." This means companies are being encouraged to drop their phones, drop their video meeting systems, and pick up Office 356's solutions instead. That means a fully operational Skype for Business experience, all within Office 365.

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OneNote for Windows, mobile scores several big new features

OneNote for Windows, mobile scores several big new features

Microsoft has announced new OneNote updates for its desktop and mobile users, with several features arriving across Android, iOS and PC. Android, for example, has received a floating OneNote badge icon, while iOS and Online users are being graced with audio recording, positioning the software to compete better with Evernote. Even better, the features are available now, so those on Windows or either of the aforementioned mobile platforms can update now to see the changes.

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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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