Review Category : Office

Microsoft today released a major feature in Outlook Web App for Office 365 users. This new feature will enable enhanced document collaboration experience for the users. Till now, when you send Office files as attachments, the other person has to first download the document to make the edits and reattach it to send it back. This requires multiple steps and context switches, which can be distracting and time-consuming. This new feature announced today aims to improve the way people interact with files as attachments in their email. You will be able to edit a document straight from Outlook Web App and attach this edited document to an email response in just a few clicks. When you open the attachment, you can now see the contents of that document in context (or “side-by-side”) with the email itself; you can see both at the same time. No more flipping back and forth between windows to ...

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Last month, we reported that Chinese government made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news agency claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the bad, Microsoft continued providing Windows 7 to these agencies and even defended the security features in Windows 8. Today, a Chinese media reported that Microsoft Office productivity suite is banned in parts of the Chinese central government and its subordinated departments. As usual, the reason was mentioned as the act of ensuring information security. The government has not commented about this ban yet. CRI believes that this  implementation of this act has an obvious advantage over domestic software companies, such as Kingsoft and Chinese software. Microsoft is yet to comment on this story. Source: CRI ...

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Microsoft last month launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. Based on the user feedback, Microsoft has created a public Gallery designed for sharing and discovering great lessons. Through the new public Gallery, you can upload your favorite mixes, make them available to others, and browse content created by others to spark ideas or share with your class. Also to make sharing easier, you can now embed Office Mix content, so it can show up on virtually any website. Microsoft is also adding more content partners to Office Mix, The list of content partners continues to grow (in addition ...

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Microsoft made an announcement on Sunday at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta that Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has chosen Microsoft’s technology for their students to help transform the student learning experience in the classroom. This is not the decision they took in few months, they have chosen Microsoft after a two-year pilot at schools around the district. After carefully evaluating its device options, Pasadena ISD decided to go with Microsoft because of the inking capabilities in Windows 8.1, combined with the power of OneNote, gave students and teachers the most engaging experience possible. As part of this program, Pasadena ISD will give students and teachers 12,900 Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablets with Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 365 with OneNote. “There is a massive transition to digital happening across the country and around the world in education, and schools looking to prepare their students for ...

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Microsoft today posted a new video on how OneNote in being used in the education. They highlighted Cary Academy’s teachers using OneNote in the classroom.  Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organization, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators. Microsoft OneNote is your digital notebook for keeping track of what’s important in your life. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, make a to-do list as well as draw and sketch your ideas.  OneNote is your one place to capture and organize everything. Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. They are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices. Share notes with friends and ...

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Along with the announcement about native Office files editing on Google Drive, Google today announced Google Drive for Work — a new premium offering for businesses that includes unlimited storage, advanced audit reporting and new security controls for $10/user/month. This is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. Apart from the regular file storing, syncing and sharing capabilities, the following were the advantages for OneDrive for Businesses. Unmatched service compliance. OneDrive for Business in Office 365 is compliant with world-class industry standards, including ISO 27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA, and is verified by third-party auditors. Available for eDiscovery. Documents in OneDrive for Business are available for discovery and preservation, protecting content while allowing users to continue working on their documents. Auditing, Reporting, and Security. Administrators can generate audit reports for common events in OneDrive for Business or build custom ones to suit their needs. Security features are also central ...

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When it comes to productivity, Microsoft Office is the de-facto standard. Google is trying to fight it out with Google Apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides for past few years. One of the main disadvantages of using these apps is that it didn’t allow native Office file editing, you have to convert to Google document format to do editing. Google today announced that they are bringing native file editing to Google Apps, thanks to QuickOffice acquisition. Sometimes people send you files and you need to be able to open them, make some edits, and send them back. If they don’t use Docs, Sheets and Slides it can be a challenge. Starting today, you no longer have to worry, because both the web and mobile apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides let you edit Office files—without conversion—so you can now edit and send back files in their original ...

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Microsoft today released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.4.3 Update. Office for Mac 2011 is now available as a subscription offering in addition to the application improvements that are mentioned below. This update provides the latest fixes for Office for Mac 2011. These include the following: Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server. Improves functionality in Outlook for Mac 2011 This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to continuously ...

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Microsoft today announced a great news for Office developers. They are open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub. Microsoft is looking forward to work with community to make improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability. Microsoft also highlighted that they will explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework.  It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents. The Open XML SDK is a key piece of our overall developer platform. The trends around mobile apps connected to the cloud have expanded the role that Office documents can play in solutions. Many of our Fortune 100 customers have built solutions leveraging the SDK, especially in the banking and ...

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Office 365 Home enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on up to 5 PCs or Macs, in addition to 5 Windows tablets or iPads—so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones for easy access. As Microsoft recently announced, Office 365 Home users can also enjoy up to 1TB of storage. As WindowsObserver notes, you can save hundreds of dollars from this deal, OneDrive’s cloud storage subscription was $7.49 per month for every 200GB of storage. If you subscribed to 1TB of storage it would cost you $37.50 per month, per user. Multiply that times five users per month and it comes out to $187.50 per month. Take that out to a year’s worth of subscriptions and that would equal $2,250 per year to get five users ...

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Along with the announcement about doubling the free storage for OneDrive users to 15GB from 7GB, Microsoft also announced a great deal for Office 365 subscribers. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage from next month. For Office 365 Home ($9.99/mo) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people), and with Office 365 Personal ($6.99/mo) and University ($79.99/4yr) you will get 1 TB per subscription. This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will get 1 TB of cloud storage per person too. Also, if you just want more storage instead of Office 365 subscription, the new dramatically reduced monthly prices will be $1.99 for 100 GB (previously $7.49) and $3.99 for 200 GB (previously $11.49). If you haven’t yet signed up for OneDrive, you can learn more and sign up at http://onedrive.com/.   ...

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Microsoft OneNote API team today announced a new beta of the API with additional features. They have added support for querying OneNote pages in Beta. This allow developers to call the API to query the pages a user has access to regardless of which notebook or section they are in. And it includes querying for pages in both notebooks owned by and shared with the user in a single call. For instance, you can now use the API to: Build a list view of pages a user has saved to OneNote via your app and allow them to open the page in OneNote or OneNote Online. Build a “Save to OneNote” location picker that gives users full context of their notebook hierarchy (notebooks-> section groups-> sections-> pages) when choosing a save location. Query for pages containing a keyword or phrase in the title. For instance, a news app that saves ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Office 365 for business public roadmap. This new site brings a new wave of transparency and communication to Office 365 customers. The Office 365 for business public roadmap will allow businesses to learn about upcoming updatesview of new features, enhancements, and major updates. In some cases we may communicate farther in advance than a few months, like when we announced our long-term investments in the new service Codenamed “Oslo” and the Office Graph. We will provide visibility to planned updates that are in development and in the process of being rolled out to the service, as well as to items that have been launched and are now generally available for all eligible customers. The public roadmap will be your best source of truth for product enhancements coming to the service. The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates ...

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Microsoft today blogged about OneNote on the new Surface Pro 3 integration. People from Windows, Surface and OneNote teams worked together to create this instant note-taking experience that’s like taking notes on paper–but way better. In the video above, you’ll learn how to take a note whenever you want, have your notes with you all the time, clip and write on whatever you see on your screen, and how to customize your note-taking experience using OneNote. To take a note whenever you want, click the Surface Pen and then write your note. It doesn’t matter if your Surface Pro 3 is locked or unlocked, or if your screen is off or on. Clicking the pen will always let you take a note. To take a clip of whatever you see, double-click the Surface Pen, and then select the region you want to clip. The selection is placed in your Quick Notes in ...

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Microsoft today announced an update to Office 365 Admin Center that will allow simple configuration and monitoring for admins. This simplification includes streamlining how you configure your environment, such as adding new domains, and providing you with more insight so that you can efficiently monitor your service. Find the new features below, Admins can now add domains with gTLDs directly from the Office 365 admin center. The process is the same as creating domains with common TLDs. Log in to your Office 365 admin center, click domains, and then add your domain. PowerShell is no longer required! As with domains using TLDs, your domains with gTLDs also have their DNS records proactively checked to find and fix any potential DNS issues. Two new reports have been released that enable you to monitor which operating systems and browsers are being used to access Office 365 online. These reports give you a ...

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