Review Category : Office

As rumored last week, Microsoft has today released OneNote for Mac app for free to everyone. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make it easy for you to insert pictures in your notes and place them anywhere on your page. And when your notes are best organized in a table, you can easily do so with a variety of table formatting options, such as ...

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Congrats to the "Metro" designers who were honored with Microsoft's Outstanding Tech Achievement tonight! pic.twitter.com/7IS4mujRLI — joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) March 16, 2014 Every year, Microsoft gives Technical Recognition Awards to Microsoft’s technical leaders and innovators. All honorees are nominated and judged by their peers within the Microsoft Technical Community Network (TCN), a community of senior leaders and contributors representing Microsoft’s technical core. This year, Outstanding Technical Achievement 2014 was awarded to Microsoft Design team. This team award recognizes an outstanding and innovative technical achievement that has profoundly transformed the world of software and addressed some of the most urgent technological challenges facing the world today. This is not a single team, but design leaders from Windows, Office, Xbox, etc. The award was given to the people in the above below. Top row: Alan Urdan(Windows team), Samuel Moreau(Windows team leader), Joseph McLaughlin(Office team), Ralf Groene9Surface team), Ramiro Torres(Xbox team), Front row: Albert ...

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Microsoft today made an important announcement targeting consumer customers using Office 365. Office 365 has more than 3.5 million subscribers and Microsoft is planning to attract more people with the new SKU called Office 365 Personal. Office 365 Personal is a SKU targeted towards individuals interested in Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/ month. Also, Microsoft renaming the existing Office 365 Home Premium subscription to Office 365 Home. Office 365 Home will cost the same $99.99 USD/year or $9.99 USD/month and you can use it in up to 5 PCs or Macs, and 5 smartphones. We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household. Whichever Office 365 ...

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Few hours back we reported that Microsoft is planning to release next major version of Office for Mac by end of this year. The Verge today reported that Microsoft is also planning to release OneNote for Mac app this month. OneNote note taking app was released on Windows in 2003, and since then Microsoft has released 4 major versions of it. In the past few years, OneNote is facing competition from companies like Evernote. In response, Microsoft has released OneNote app for all leading mobile platforms and it is updating them regularly. The Verge also reported that Microsoft is planning to release OneNote Windows app for free. Currently, OneNote comes as part of Office 2013/Office 365 bundle and if you want to buy it separately, it costs $49.99. While its direct competitor Evernote has all the apps for free and earns revenue through premium features subscription, Microsoft might follow the ...

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Microsoft Office for Mac is the No.1 selling productivity suite on Apple’s Mac platform. The last release of Office for Mac by Microsoft is in 2011 and since then Microsoft has not released any major updates. Speaking to Computerwoche, Microsoft Office group head at Germany revealed that Microsoft is planning to release new suite of Office apps for Mac by end of this year(2014). The team is already hard at work on this upcoming product and Office 365 customers will get this update for free when it releases. You can expect more more news in the second quarter of this year and Microsoft is already talking to large customers about the new Office for Mac suite behind closed doors. Source: MacWorld ...

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Microsoft Exchange team today new features that will be coming to Outlook Web App users. This feature update focuses on the enhanced text editor that is easy to use  and provides many new capabilities. Microsoft said that both Office 365 and Exchange Server 2013 SP1 customers will benefit from this enhancement.  You now have enhanced pasting options just like we enjoy in Office apps on Windows. Also, you can now add tablets, edit them within the browser. You have got link previews for website links as well. Read about it below.   More pasting options When you compose a new message in Outlook Web App, it displays a paste menu that allows you to switch between different paste modes for your content. Sometimes you want to maintain the source formatting as closely as possible. Use Paste As Is (P) for a high fidelity rendering of the copied content from Office applications like Word or ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the preview of Open Source Office 365 SDK for Android. Microsoft’s preview release of new Office 365 APIs extends the platform that was introduced in Office 2013 by adding the ability for both websites and native applications to consume Office 365 data. This is a project from the MS Open Tech Hub to help Android developers access Office 365 data from their apps. This is powerful. Now, both web applications as well as native applications running on Windows 8, iOS, Android, and other device platforms can consume Office 365 data by using REST APIs and standard OAuth flows. This preview release of Office 365 APIs supports a limited number of SharePoint, Exchange, and Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) data sources. But this is only the start of a much larger innovation. Moving forward, we’ll also support additional data sources in SharePoint and Exchange as well as supporting additional ...

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At the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Microsoft made some announcements regarding OneDrive for Business. If you are not aware of it, OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) is personal online storage for a company’s employees. Employees can store, sync, and share their work files across multiple devices with ease and security. With OneDrive and Office Online, employees can use Office and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser in real time. Also Office Mobile apps including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices allows them to access documents from anywhere. Not only is OneDrive for Business a simple and intuitive file sync and storage solution for employees, it’s a trusted service that provides enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls, and it is financially backed by the industry leading Office 365 Service Level Agreement. Microsoft made the following announcements regarding OneDrive for business, -OneDrive for ...

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At the SharePoint Conference, Microsoft today made announcements making Office 365 a robust platform on which developers can build great solutions. As a developer, you have new scenarios to create contextual solutions that span Office 365 from the web, mobile apps and Office. You have new robust APIs and tool improvements to make building solutions easier than ever before. And your solutions have the potential to reach a vast number of Office 365 users across businesses, government organizations, and schools, who spend hours every day using Office. The ability to create contextual solutions include enhanced PowerPoint content apps that allow interactive extensibility for presentations, New Outlook compose apps that allow you to interact with your email messages and appointments while you’re drafting email responses—without having to leave Outlook, new ability to format cells and cell content from Excel apps and more. We’re introducing a new set of Office 365 APIs that ...

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At SharePoint conference today, Microsoft spoke about the future of Enterprise Social and revealed no.of new features that will be part of Office 365 in the coming months. Microsoft also revealed something called Office Graph, which leverages insights from Office 365 and maps the relationships between people, groups, files and conversations through machine learning, and Microsoft intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to users. One of the first experiences to leverage the Office Graph is code-named Oslo. Oslo serves up in a single user interface personalized insights based on meetings, people, conversations, documents and more. The Oslo application surfaces what might be most relevant for each individual based on what they’re already doing in Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, Office, Lync, and Yammer. We believe this is the start of something game-changing—building digital memory across applications to create a highly personalized experience that helps people get more done. You can learn ...

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Microsoft Office suite didn’t add any completely new app in the past few years. Speaking to GeekWire,  John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing hinted about the next generation app experiences that is coming soon from the Office team. He highlighted the fact that the OneNote app which was added as a completely new app to Office suite in 2003 is now being used by millions of people. “We’ll do more things like that, that will be about different form factors and different applications,” he said. “The Office suite has been very consistent. We haven’t had new apps in a long time. We’ll have some new app investments coming. New ways of creating content, new ways of storing and organizing content.” “As much we love Word, Excel and PowerPoint, there’s another generation of app experiences we want to enable. Some of it will feel like big stuff, ...

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Microsoft recently announced that Julie Larson-Green who was the head of hardware division at Microsoft will move on to a new role as Chief Experience Officer as Stephen Elop will take over her old job. Speaking to Recode at MWC, Julie talked about her new role at Microsoft, future of Microsoft, and the criticisms on Windows 8. She revealed that her top hardware job was not quite as close to product design as she hoped for. And she thought that becoming CXO(Chief Experience Officer) was exciting and new and part of the strategic direction of where Satya (Nadella) is taking the company. Within a fairly short time Microsoft is going to be a maker of phones, tablets and wearables. What do you think of Microsoft’s prospects in those markets. I think the vision of a computer on every desk has just evolved to be in every hand, in every pocket and every surface ...

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Last November, Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange, SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. As expected, Microsoft today released Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 customers. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 64-Bit and 32-Bit Editions contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability.  Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. Download them from the link below. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition ...

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Microsoft today released an update for OneNote app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. To celebrate and begin their transition to OneDrive in their products, they are releasing a small update to the OneNote Windows Store App for Windows 8.1 users. First of all, they have added support for over 66 new languages. Support for the OneDrive service. Rule line heights have been increased to accommodate larger handwriting.   To enable Rule Lines, bring up the page app bar (right-click the page, or swipe from the top or bottom of the screen), then select Paper.  Now you can choose between Rule Lines or Grid Lines. Now you can easily go to a note’s location from Recent Notes.  To go a note’s location, bring up the page preview app bar (right-click the page preview or swipe up), then select Go to Note’s Location. We also made accessibility improvements. Now it’s easier ...

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Last month we reported about UK government’s plans for switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF). UK government believes that they can cut costs by doing this way. Microsoft is opposing this proposal related to sharing and collaborating with government documents. The government proposes to mandate Open Document format (ODF) and exclude the most widely supported and used open standard for document formats, Open XML (OOXML). We believe this will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don’t support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office or, for example, Pages on iOS and even Google Docs. Microsoft Office has supported ODF since 2007, but adoption of OOXML has been more widespread amongst other products than ODF. This move has the potential to impact businesses selling to government, who may be forced to ...

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Hot on the heels of launching OneDrive yesterday, Microsoft Office team has announced launched Office Online, the re-branded Office Web Apps. Along with the new name, there are also launching a new destination Office.com where you can access all the Office Online products. Office.com is a discoverable and shareable web page so that you can start using Office Online right away. Office Online suite includes the following, Word Online OneNote Online Excel Online PowerPoint Online How much does it cost? It is completely free. All you need is a Microsoft account, login with your account in any of the Office Online products and your files are automatically saved to OneDrive, so you can share them with others and  work together on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notebooks in real-time. The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just ...

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