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Microsoft Teams makes work-chat simple: 5 things you need to know

Microsoft Teams makes work-chat simple: 5 things you need to know

Today Microsoft Teams takes on the other big name in chat-based workspace software Slack. To do this, they've made their process quite simple - and today we're making it even simpler to understand. As Microsoft enters this field of play with a competitor already well-fit in with work teams globally, we aim to explain how they plan to do it. Here we'll also explain what it Microsoft Teams means for the average consumer.

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Herman Miller’s new Aeron desk chair is the update of a classic

Herman Miller’s new Aeron desk chair is the update of a classic

Herman Miller has announced an update to its iconic Aeron desk chair first released in 1994. Unlike most desk chairs at the time, the Aeron stood out due to its lack of fabric and foam, with the designers instead embracing a sparse, but no less great, design. It has been more than 20 years since the model first arrived, and now it’s back again with an all-new design — every part of it, the company says, has been updated.

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Mini AT-AT Walker stores your pens, cables, and office supplies

Mini AT-AT Walker stores your pens, cables, and office supplies

If your desk is looking messy (and you happen to really like Star Wars), a new accessory from Japan will help you get things sorted: it is an organizer with spots for your coins, paperclips, and other small items, as well as slots for wrapping charging cables around the legs and a space for pens and pencils. Despite being an organizer, the AT-AT Walker has movable legs, and can be positioned in different ways to suit your tastes. The device is presented by Premium Bandai; shipping outside of Japan will be available.

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Office Lens arrives on Windows 10 with Office 365 support

Office Lens arrives on Windows 10 with Office 365 support

Microsoft has released Office Lens for Windows 10, enabling those with any Windows 10 device to easily capture a photo, edit it, and then share it or add it to an Office document. In addition to launching the new app, Microsoft has also added support for saving Office Lens images to school or work Office 365 accounts using the Windows 10, Android, and iOS apps.

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Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

There is perhaps no Microsoft feature as ridiculed and as reviled as Clippy, the not so helpful, overzealous, and obnoxious "Assistant" that Microsoft introduced in its Office suite. Although Clippy has long been buried, its legacy continues, albeit in split features. Part of its mission now lives on in the Researcher and Editor features for Microsoft Word, which, as the names say, help users in their research and editing tasks. Thankfully, they are less unsavory and even less visible than Clippy.

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New OneNote Mac ink support sees Microsoft crank Evernote pressure

New OneNote Mac ink support sees Microsoft crank Evernote pressure

Mac users of Microsoft's OneNote are getting the inking support Apple fans have requested, part of a broad-reaching update for the note software as it attempts to squash Evernote. The new macOS feature follows OneNote's support of Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, and allows MacBook users - or those with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad - to write, draw, and highlight in their notes.

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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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