Since its launch few months back, Office for iPad apps was downloaded over 27 million times by users. It has got great reviews from both general consumers and the tech press. Today, Microsoft published a blog post talking about the design process of Office for iPad. They have given us the behind-the-scenes look at the design and creative journey as they created the reimagined Office from the ground up for iPad. The Office for iPad has Microsoft Office Ribbon UI designed specifically for iOS7 following Microsoft’s modern language design principles. While the mobile productivity scenarios above helped us define the “What,” we also wanted to nail the “How.” When we looked at how people were using existing productivity solutions on the iPad, we observed that many users found themselves being “perpetual beginners.” This means they found themselves spending more time learning the product than actually using it, which of course is contrary to the goal ...

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To celebrate the launch of Office for iPad, Microsoft Store is running a great promotion for those who live near Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store will offer a free year of Office 365 subscription to the first 50 people who bring an iPad to a given retail location from March 28th through March 30th. Office 365 Home Premium subscription usually costs $99 per year and will offer following apps/services, 1 year subscription includes the latest full Microsoft Office applications1 Share your subscription with up to four members of your household4 Office on 5 PCs or Macs plus five iPads or Windows tablets3 Easily access your docs with Office Mobile apps for iPhones, Android, and Windows phones 20 GB OneDrive storage per user, for up to 5 users Call phones in over 60 countries with 60 minutes of Skype calls per month2 You can find the list of Microsoft Store retail locations ...

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We posted earlier about Germany’s Freiburg council fighting for a return to productivity and to be rescued from the suckiness of Open Office, which was impeding their workflow and ability to communicate with outside councils. In 2007 the council voted to adopt Open Document Format and standardize on Open Office. In practice to get any work done the council workers have been running Open Office and Office 2000 in parallel. In 2012 the failure of the project was clear, and an expert appraisal recommended the council switch back to Microsoft Office. The city council has now voted, and despite lobbying by Open Source Business Alliance, the Free Software Foundation Europe and the German Information and Communication Technology Federation sense won the day and the proposal to switch back to Microsoft Office won 25 to 20 votes, with 2 abstentions. The news was tweeted by Councillor Timothy Simms, a Green Party ...

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