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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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OneNote updated with finger painting in Windows Store

OneNote updated with finger painting in Windows Store

Who doesn't enjoy drawing with their fingers? And such an ability becomes essential in the absence of a stylus, whether because you need to dash out something very quickly and don't have one on you or misplace it when you need it most. Such an ability was requested by many users for OneNote on their touch-enabled Windows 8 and RT devices, which is now possible thanks to an update Microsoft pushed out.

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Google rolls out Chrome Office Viewer Beta, enables in-browser file viewing

Google rolls out Chrome Office Viewer Beta, enables in-browser file viewing

There are some universally annoying things the average Web surfer will encounter from time-to-time, and while the list is mostly made up of pop-up advertisements that bypass your ad-blocker, one of them is direct-file links to things like PowerPoint and Word files. Clicking one of these files results in it being downloaded and opened by the application, a potentially slow and usually unwanted action. Google aims to solve this problem with the launch of Chrome Office Viewer (Beta).

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Analysts question Microsoft Office 365 adoption rate

Analysts question Microsoft Office 365 adoption rate

Microsoft has recently announced that its Office 365 software is starting to be adapted at a higher rate. When it was reporting its 3rd quarter financial results, it stated that Office 365 net seat additions increased 5 times compared to the same quarter last year, and that 25% of its enterprise customers have switched over to the product. Analysts, however, have several questions regarding Microsoft's data.

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Microsoft Office for iOS and Android pushed back to fall 2014

Microsoft Office for iOS and Android pushed back to fall 2014

We sure have been hearing a lot about the possibility of Microsoft Office coming to iOS and Android devices during the past year or so, and while all of us business road warriors would love to get our hands on such a thing for our Android or iOS device, it seems we'll have to wait a while, according to a leaked roadmap.

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Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Those rumors that Microsoft was reportedly testing an Outlook app for Windows RT devices have been reinforced. A couple of people around Microsoft's campus were spotted using the Microsoft Outlook desktop app on their Microsoft Surface devices. Unlike those previous rumors however, Microsoft Outlook is said to be coming to consumers later this year, with a release date speculated to be around the Fall.

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Next-gen Microsoft Office is codenamed “Gemini”

Next-gen Microsoft Office is codenamed “Gemini”

Microsoft's next generation of Office software looks like it's going to be a rebel and not follow Microsoft's new "Blue" codename. The software will instead go by the codename "Gemini", and it will be composed of two waves that will be released over the next two years. The first wave will be released alongside Windows Blue, and will bring updates to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Microsoft offering students 3 months of Office 365, 20GB SkyDrive storage for free

Microsoft offering students 3 months of Office 365, 20GB SkyDrive storage for free

If you remember your college days (or are currently experiencing them now), then you no doubt remember all of those collaboration projects that your professors made you work on. To help out, Microsoft is now offering college students three months of Office 365 University and 20GB of SkyDrive storage for free.

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Microsoft tipped to cut the price of Windows 8 and Office for small touch enabled devices

Microsoft tipped to cut the price of Windows 8 and Office for small touch enabled devices

The Wall Street Journal is citing unnamed sources who claim to be familiar with Microsoft's situation who say that the software giant has been offering price cuts on its key software. According to the sources, Microsoft has been offering manufacturers price breaks on Windows 8 and Office software. These price cuts are said to be an effort on Microsoft's part to help improve the number of small touch enabled laptop computers being developed.

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Microsoft Office 365 to be updated every 3 months

Microsoft Office 365 to be updated every 3 months

Microsoft Office 365 is slated to receive updates every 3 months, according to Kurt Delbene, the president of Microsoft's Office division. He states that, "We already have the mechanisms in place to update the service on a quarterly basis." The quick updates should make subscribing to Office 365 more appealing to consumers. Delbene was a bit more evasive about whether or not Office 2013 would be updated quarterly as well, but he did say that it's possible.

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Microsoft releases new Office 365 packages for businesses

Microsoft releases new Office 365 packages for businesses

Microsoft has released a new update for its subscription-based Office program, Office 365, that provides new options geared for business users. There is the new Office 365 Small Business Premium that's geared towards businesses with about 1 to 10 employees, Office 365 Midsize Business, which is geared towards businesses with 10 to 250 employees, and Office 365 ProPlus, which is included in both the Small Business Premium and Midsize Business package, but is geared towards users who want Office on the go.

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Microsoft could make $2.5B by releasing Office on iPad

Microsoft could make $2.5B by releasing Office on iPad

According to Adam Holt, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, Microsoft could make an estimated $2.5 billion if it releases its Microsoft Office software on iPad. This, however, doesn't include the commission Apple would take from the sales of the Office apps in its App Store. When asked if Microsoft Office would be coming to the iPad, Kurt DelBene, head of the Microsoft Office unit, was a bit evasive.

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