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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Video: Collaborate using Office across devices: Student Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages. If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact. Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other ...

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Microsoft released Office Touch version for Apple iPad few months back. The Office for iPad was a successful product with millions of downloads and users loved it. The most surprising part was that Microsoft released Office Touch version for iPad before Windows. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then said that Office for iPad release was done as part of the new Cloud first, Mobile first strategy. In the code conference last week, he revealed that market share was also the reason it was released on iPad first. As per the reports from Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Office for Android may also come before Office Touch for Windows. Office Touch for Windows will get released in spring 2015 than fall 2014. But now, it’s sounding like the new priority is getting the promised Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to market. Microsoft officials said in March 2014 that the timing for the Android version of these touch-first ...

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Over the past year there have been many re-orgs within Microsoft. After Ballmer’s major re-org of the company, Office head Kurt DelBene retired and the Office team fell under Qi Lu within his Application and Services Group (ASG). Previous to DelBene Steven Sinofsky ran the team before eventually coming to work on Windows 7. For Office, under Qi Lu were Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper ran Office server and services and Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer ran Office client and services. Last month Lu decided he does not want to have Office divided among client/server lines but around a few key cross-platform groups. We reported yesterday that Teper, the man responsible for originally hiring Satya Nadella, moved into his new role as head of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development.  Rajesh Jha replaced Teper along with maintaining his responsibilities for Office 365 Exchange and Outlook.com.  ...

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  Microsoft has recently formed a cross-group Inking team between Office, Surface, and Windows groups. This team is now exploring a possibility of creating a unified Inking experience that will offer a great experience for Microsoft eco-system users. When you read the whole presentation embedded below, you will come to know that there is a possibility that Microsoft’s Courier UI vision may become true at least. You can select an area in a website, drag and drop it to Office apps, edit them and all these using your inking pen. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking ...

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A Microsoft Research project titled ‘Great Inking’ became public on the web recently. It reveals that Microsoft has formed a cross-division inking team that will devise a unified inking strategy for Microsoft. The project has revealed no.of upcoming Office touch UI for Windows. You can see the Excel UI in the image above. In late 2013 and early 2014 Office, Surface, and Windows formed a Cross-Group Inking team to explore One Microsoft needs for a unified approach to inking. In this session Tucker Hatfield presents details about the Cross-Group effort and their conclusions of what is needed for first-class inking and Will Vong shows visionary ways in which these needs might be met with inking features. Check out Outlook and Word Touch UI below. Source: WalkingCat ...

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At TechEd conference today, General manager of Microsoft’s Office Division Julia White announced that Office for iPad Apps has been downloaded about 27 million times since its launch. Microsoft released Office for iPad apps just six weeks ago, and it is turning out to be a runaway success. Microsoft previously announced that Office for iPad apps saw 12 million downloads in the first week after the launch, and since then the numbers have been doubled. Office for iPad apps are apps that follow freemium model. User can download the apps to read the Office documents and they are required to buy Office 365 subscription for editing and more. Related posts: Microsoft Updates Office For iPad With Printing Support, The Most Requested Feature By Its Users Microsoft Office For iPad Product Guide Now Available For Download Apple CEO Tim Cook On Office For iPad: “I Wholeheartedly Welcome Microsoft To The App ...

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Microsoft India yesterday launched the Office 365 Personal subscription service in India. The subscription service is priced at Rs 330 a month or Rs 3,299 a year. An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows users to connect up to two home devices to the service as opposed to 5 in Office 365 Home subscription. Commenting on the launch of Office 365 Personal, Ram Kumar Pichai, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division said, “More and more consumers today are looking for a home productivity suite which will allow them to move between devices and have constant access to important documents online. Office 365 Personal will address the needs of all these consumers.” Office 365 Personal is available for sale beginning this ...

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Along with the major update for OneNote for iPhone, Microsoft also announced a significant update to the OneNote for Mac. Some of the great new features are the ability to print the notes, save notes as PDF, copy and paste formatted content, drag and drop pictures and more. Print notes: You can now print out your lecture notes, travel itineraries or recipes by simply navigating to the page of your choice and bringing up the standard system print dialog from the menu. In addition, you can save the page as a PDF file through the Print dialog. Drag and drop images: Yes, this is as easy as it sounds! If you are browsing the web for ideas for a remodeling project and find some pictures you want to capture, you can easily drag and drop those into OneNote. If you have an album on your local machine, you can simply ...

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Microsoft today released a major update for OneNote app for iPhone devices. The app design has been completely revamped to match the iOS 7 design principles, and it looks great. Microsoft has also added support for Office Lens which allows you to scan documents, whiteboards to your OneNote. Also, they have now added the ability to create new notebooks and sections from iPhone. Apart from this, they have also made some great performance improvements to the app. This update untethers OneNote for iPhone from the desktop with the ability to create new notebooks and sections. This means that you can now create a new notebook, share it with others, and get on the same page–all from the convenience of an iPhone. We’ve built Office Lens into OneNote for iPhone. Similar to Office Lens on OneNote for iPad, this popular feature turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner so you can use it to take ...

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Microsoft has recently released Office for iPad product to the public. It contains information on how to get started, editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, how to share with others, frequently asked question and answers and more. Download the Office for iPad Product Guide to learn more. Now your Microsoft Office documents look better than ever on iPad®! The Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps have the familiar Office look and feel along with an intuitive touch experience, so you’ll be up and running in no time. When you edit a document on the iPad, you can be sure that you won’t lose any content or formatting. With the free apps, you can read Word documents, use Excel data and present with PowerPoint. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. Download the Office for iPad Product Guide to learn more. To download the ...

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Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Office 365 in China. It will be operated by 21Vianet, to offer Office 365 from local data centers within China. Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet in China last month. China is rapidly adopting cloud services – The Shanghai government, for example, is an early adopter of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. Led by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, different departments of the Shanghai government explore the advanced productivity capabilities provided by Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in order to improve efficiency and build a service-oriented government. In addition, Office 365 operated by 21Vianet is used by the Shaanxi government to set up their IT infrastructure and foster regional growth in the Xi Xi’an new area. Commercial customers ICBC Leasing, Cigna & CMB, Dongfeng Renault, TCL were all at the Shanghai launch event as early ...

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Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Office Online suite at a more rapid pace. Today Microsoft added a number of new features to Word online that have been traditionally found in the desktop application. Microsoft has prioritized features based on customer feedback. New features will start rolling out today. Comment support is now available on Word Online, it was also added to Excel Online. The new comments pane makes it easy to see all comments in your document, and it allows you to reply to comments or mark them as done. Hints along the margin make it easy to tell where comments have been added. A number of improvements have been made to Lists for Word Online. Some of the changes include make the auto-numbering behavior more intelligent about detecting when you’re continuing a previous list, or starting a new list. You can now right click a list item and select ...

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Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Office Online suite. Today Microsoft added a number of new features to Excel online that have been traditionally found in the desktop application. Based on feedback the most requested feature from power Excel users was VBA (visual basic applications) support. Excel Online now contains improved support for files that contain VBA. You can now open and edit VBA-enabled spreadsheets without removing (or corrupting) the VBA contained in the file. Commenting support has also come to Excel Online and users can now insert new comments as well as edit and delete existing comments. These comments can be seen if the document is opened in the desktop application. “Tell Me” support is also coming to Excel Online.  Tell Me was added to Word Online a few months back.  Tell me is essentially a search box which easily helps you find a feature you may be looking for. ...

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The Office for iPad team held an IAmA (as me anything) on Reddit earlier today.  The team is actually rather small and is the same group that writes the Office for Mac applications.  While there was not anything groundbreaking revealed, there were some interesting questions answered. Q: Hi! Where there any unforeseen complications in the making of these apps? How did you handle it? A: Yes, we ran into a number of complications, most of them involving resource constraints. For example, if you opened a document in Word with a lot of comment bubbles, Word would run out of memory. Fixing some of these required re-architecting some features, which is one of the reasons it took us so long.  –Rick To pile on to what Rick said, PowerPoint ran into similar resource constraints for SlideShow. We wanted to make sure that everything worked as you would expect (transitions, animations, etc.) and as you can ...

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