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Elop as Microsoft CEO said to consider axing Xbox and Bing

Elop as Microsoft CEO said to consider axing Xbox and Bing

Since the August announcement that Steve Ballmer was out as CEO of Microsoft, more than a few rumors have surfaced on who would take his place - one of the more titalating of these being former Nokia head Stephen Elop. Today's suggestion from anonymous sources speaking with Bloomberg is that Elop has a non-finalized strategy for the company which includes two major changes. One of these changes is a refocusing of efforts for the company: away from Office software for Windows and towards Office for Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

One day after the newest Apple event in which they showed off a set of new iPads and desktop machines and Microsoft has fired back at Apple's most interesting move: free software. Apple turned the latest release of their desktop operating system (OS X Mavericks) as well as their iWork and iLife suites of apps into free releases. Microsoft's own Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw, today suggested that the public's response to this set of freebies were all due to the so-called Apple RDF (Reality Distortion Field).

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Office for iPad confirmed incoming (but you may have to wait until late 2014)

Office for iPad confirmed incoming (but you may have to wait until late 2014)

Microsoft Office for iPad is in the pipeline, CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed, though the software's release may not take place until 2014 when the company has a "touch first" interface for tablets. Revealing the long-anticipated app plans at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo today, Ballmer said that "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch-first user interface" available, likely to hit Windows 8 tablets first. However, leaked roadmaps earlier in the year suggest we could still be waiting some time.

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Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Those paying close attention to Google's pre-final releases of the operating system iteration of Google's Chrome will have noticed the addition of some rather important abilities to Chromium code. Noting the discovery of this addition well before Google made such a thing public was developer François Beaufort. As a Google open-source evangelist himself, Beaufort was more than a little joyous to find the words in code as follows: “Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.”

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Microsoft teases Metro-styled Office during BUILD

Microsoft teases Metro-styled Office during BUILD

Coming out of BUILD 2013, Microsoft has been talking about Metro-styled Office apps. They have gone as far as saying these apps will be available by way of the Windows Store, however they have yet to say when they are expected to arrive for download. Not to mention, they have yet to share many details or screenshots of what can be expected once they do arrive.

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Office 365 for iPhone hits App Store

Office 365 for iPhone hits App Store

Office 365 has finally landed on iPhone, with Microsoft releasing a version of its Office Mobile package for Apple's iOS smartphone. Currently available for iPhone though not iPad, "Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers" is a free download from the App Store from today, though requires an active subscription to Office 365, and gives access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint document viewing and editing. It's also possible to create new Word and Excel files directly from the iPhone.

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Acer Iconia W3 is industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer Iconia W3 is industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet

Today at Computex Acer has revealed several products in the Windows 8 arena, coming in with a tablet that's made for a single hand, as they say, with the Acer Iconic W3. This machine is the first 8-inch tablet to have been introduced with full Windows 8 aboard, also working with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor to assure proper processing power for the full Windows 8 experience. This machine was also introduced with the 2013 Microsoft Office Home & Student suite installed out of the box, this bringing on apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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