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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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Google encroaches on Microsoft turf with “free” Apps for Work promo

Google encroaches on Microsoft turf with “free” Apps for Work promo

Who can resist the allure of free? Especially when you consider enterprise deployments that ultimately involve hundreds if not thousands of dollars per annum. Knowing too well that line of thinking, Google has cooked up a way to entice businesses away from their pricey Microsoft and IBM enterprise agreements (EA). Google will allow such customers to use Apps for Work for free while they are bidding their time for the EA to run its course, giving users some time to get familiar with the new Google work environment at no extra cost.

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Microsoft Outlook goes to Apple Watch with app update

Microsoft Outlook goes to Apple Watch with app update

More and more third-party email apps for iOS are expanding with Apple Watch support, and now Microsoft's Outlook is joining the party. An update was released yesterday for Outlook for iOS, adding an Apple Watch app which gives users the ability to read more of a mail from a notification, as well as reply directly from the wearable. In addition to the inbox management features, there's also access to upcoming events on the calendar.

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Office Mobile brings touch-first productivity to Windows 10

Office Mobile brings touch-first productivity to Windows 10

What is Windows without Office really? Now that Windows 10 is out the door, it's only fitting that Microsoft also release the productivity suite to go along with it. No, it isn't the full blown Office 2016 yet, which will be coming later this year. This is Office Mobile, Microsoft's "touch-first" version of Office that was designed from the ground up for on the go use. Designed with tablets in mind, Office Mobile is advertised to be more suited for reading, reviewing, and editing rather than complete content creation.

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Office 2016 for Mac released for cloud users only

Office 2016 for Mac released for cloud users only

This week the folks at Microsoft have released the full version of Office for Mac 2016. This is a release that was preceded by an Office for Mac 2016 "Preview" edition, today coming as an official public build. This software requires that the user have an Office 365 subscription in order to download and work. It should be made obvious that this is a truly cloud-aimed sort of work environment, but you will be able to edit documents on your computer at home with ease.

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Microsoft Office 2016 preview arrives for Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 preview arrives for Windows 10

Those in the Windows Insider program just recently received an email update, and nestled within it is a little tidbit of info: the Microsoft Office 2016 preview is now available for installing on Windows 10, letting those testing the newest version of the operating system see how the upcoming Office edition runs. The Office 2016 preview arrived this past May, and just a few days ago Microsoft announced a second update to it, adding in improvements and other goodies.

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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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Office 2016 on Windows Preview gets simplified file sharing and more

Office 2016 on Windows Preview gets simplified file sharing and more

About a month ago, Microsoft kicked off the Office 2016 on Windows Preview party allowing people to check out what will become the next version of the Office suite. At the time, Microsoft said that there would be new features added to the Office 2016 preview in the future. The first of those feature updates has now been announced with several being added to the preview.

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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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Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Office 365 opens 3rd-party add-ons for Uber in your Outlook

Microsoft has already been been pushing Office 365 cross-platform, but now it's opening up to third-party services, with names like Uber and LinkedIn already onboard. Demonstrated on-stage at the BUILD 2015 keynote, the functionality will allow companies who offer stock images to have them show up in the sidebar on PowerPoint, for instance, or allow Outlook to help not only schedule an Uber journey, but tell the service where you're going to.

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