This is insane if it turns out to be true. According to the rumor reported by ExtremeTech, Microsoft is apparently planning to release Office suite for Linux in 2014. ExtremeTech reports that since Microsoft is already working to port Office to Android, it makes them easy to post to desktop linux as well.   According to this source, who is presumably one of Microsoft’s open source developers, Microsoft is taking a “meaningful look” at releasing a full Linux port of Office in 2014. The sudden change of heart is apparently due to Linux showing “commercial viability,” and because Microsoft is reportedly already working on Office for Android. Android, as you may already know, is a Linux-based operating system, meaning a lot of the porting work will have already been done — it shouldn’t take too much effort to take the next step and bring Office to Ubuntu, or whichever distro ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their next version of Office Productivity Suite both as a subscription service and as a standalone software package. The Office 365 Home Premium Service for consumers which will cost $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. This version of Office will run only on x86 version and now Microsoft has listed the same in its Windows Store. Users can find the Microsoft Office listing and click the link available there to download the Office suite from Microsoft. You can buy Office 365 Home Premium here. ...

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Microsoft has launched a teaser website to promote the launch of Office 2013 on January 29th. The next version of Office will be available for purchase by consumers as a service called Office 365 in addition to regular package version. Office 365 Home Premium A single subscription to Office 365 Home Premium covers the entire household.  While you use a laptop, your daughter can use the PC in the den, and your son can use a tablet.  You can each sign-in with your individual Microsoft accounts using your settings and accessing your documents, but you still need just one subscription to get: All the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.* Ability to use Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs shared among all users in the home. Subscribers also have flexibility to change their 5 devices at any time, and full featured Office applications are ...

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When Microsoft introduced Windows RT, they announced that Windows RT devices will come Office Home & Student 2013 RT. This version of Office included Word 2013 RT, Excel 2013 RT, PowerPoint 2013 RT and OneNote 2013 RT. One important member of Office family that was missing was Outlook. According to a report from ZDNet, Microsoft is now testing a Windows RT version of Outlook that may or may not get released to public soon. Windows RT comes pre-installed with a mail client, but it is not even comparable to desktop version of Outlook. Should Microsoft release an Outlook version for Windows RT devices? Do you miss Outlook on your Surface?  Source: ZDNET ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is closing its R&D unit in South Korea. It was reported that the 21 R&D employees in Seoul were ordered to relocate and among them 10 R&D workers got call from Microsoft Redmond to move there. Microsoft today responded to the report that there was no real R&D lab at South Korea as they have at other locations around the world.  The unit dissolved was a regular Office team workforce and it was due to work completion in some product area. The phrase R&D has been misinterpreted and Microsoft’s R&D is not moving from South Korea. Last month, after evaluations that the company regularly does, Microsoft made adjustments to its Office workforce in South Korea. With work completed in a particular product area, some roles have been redeployed to Office in their Redmond headquarters, consolidating with the Office team there.  Some roles moved to ...

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Microsoft is expected to release their next-generation Office productivity suite in the coming weeks. Details on the pricing and SKUs of the upcoming Office got leaked by a slide meant for resellers, etc,. ZDnet posted all the information about it and as you can see in the image above, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 will start from $139 which is the cheapest available SKU. Following SKUs will be available, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Microsoft Office Personal 2013 (available in Japan only) Microsoft Office Professional 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (for volume licensees only) Microsoft Office Standard 2013 (for volume licensees only) Read more about it in detail from the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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While Microsoft has been extremely cagey about their Office products coming to Apple mobile devices, the software has been widely leaked about, and now for the first time references have shown up directly on Microsoft’s website. Spotted by Mac4Ever on a Microsoft Office support page the page makes clear references to Office Mobile for the iPhone, Excel for iPad, Lync for iPhone and PowerPoint for iPad. It has previously been leaked that the software will be available as free viewers, and will have edit functions available once users subscribe to Office 365, making sure once again Microsoft Office will be available on whichever device a user owns. The software is expected in Q1 2013. Via Neowin.net. ...

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A few years ago, before the world became preoccupied with smartphones and tablets, there was an anti-Microsoft movement afoot for especially government organizations to rid themselves of dependence on Microsoft Office and move to free, open source versions like OpenOffice. It seems like many idealistic dreams reality did not quite meet up with expectations. The city council in Freiburg, Germany, noted: "In the specific case of the use of OpenOffice, the hopes and expectations of the year 2007 are not fulfilled,"  adding that continuing use OpenOffice will lead to performance impairments and aggravation and frustration on the part of employees and external parties. The council had many complains, ranging from seemingly random formatting of imported documents, not being on the same standard as the rest of the world, conversion issues, software which was just not that powerful (especially the spread sheet and presentation app), saying  they estimated that only 80 ...

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If you are using Outlook 2013, you might be aware of this already. From Outlook 2013, you don’t need any Outlook Connector Plugin to use Outlook.com/Hotmail.com email to use it on desktop. Outlook 2013 uses Exchange ActiveSync to connect to Outlook.com service. In just a few minutes you’ll have the full power of the Outlook app for your personal Oulook.com email. Go to File | Add Account. Enter your Outlook.com email (or other email that supports EAS) and Password. Click Next, wait for the connection to complete, and click Finish. Exchange ActiveSync will sync mail, calendar, contacts and tasks from your Outlook.com account. Yes, tasks is also now supported. Source: Outlook ...

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We all know that Office for iOS and Android devices is coming next year, but Microsoft didn’t provide any details on it. Today, The Verge posted the above screenshots showing Microsoft Office experience on iOS device. Office Mobile for iOS and Android will come as free apps that allows you to view Microsoft Office documents. If you need edit functionality, you can enable it with an Office 365 subscription. Enterprise organizations can distribute codes to enable Office editing for users through Office 365 service. Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft announced that Office 2013 was released to manufacturing few weeks ago and now the RTM build is available for download. People having MSDN and TechNet subscriptions can download Office 2013, Project 2013, Visio 2013, Lync 2013, etc,. If you have previously installed any preview version of Office 2013, you should uninstall it to proceed with Office 2013 RTM installation. Microsoft said the following on Office 2013 release, This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.   ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced the upcoming update for Office Web Apps as part of Office 2013 refresh. Microsoft later released a preview of Office 2013 Web Apps in SkyDrive for users to try the apps and provide feedback. Today, Office 2013 Web Apps are now live in SkyDrive and all the users will be able to create a new Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files using the latest updated apps. You can read the full list of features that are part of this release here. You can see a preview of Office Web Apps in the video below, ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced the improvements in IMAP support that will be part of upcoming Outlook 2013. Here are the new list of IMAP features supported in Outlook. Syncing/sending messages is done in the background, so you no longer have to wait for sync to complete in order to use Outlook.General comments about Outlook’s performance when using IMAP was the top issue we heard from all of you, and we believe this change will improve the experience quite a bit. New mail notifications are now supported. This was the second most common request we heard. Outlook now recognizes special folders in your mailbox like Trash (in techspeak, the IMAP extension XLIST is now supported) You can choose how much mail to sync and keep locally by telling Outlook to only sync mail that is newer than a certain number of months, such as 3, 6, or 12 months. You can ...

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A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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Microsoft today announced that its upcoming version of its productivity suite Office has reached RTM milestone. Microsoft is planning to release Office 2013 for consumers in the first quarter of 2013. Also from October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 will get the new Office for free upon availability. Microsoft will also release a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26. For business customers, Office will be available from November under following different programs. We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability. Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available ...

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Microsoft Office team today detailed the Office for Windows RT version. Microsoft confirmed that Office for Windows RT preview version will be coming along with Windows RT devices that will on sale from Oct-26th. The final version of the same will be available through updates starting early November. Microsoft also revealed that Office for Windows RT is optimized for touch, uses less resources such as memory, CPU and battery. Apart from the few below, Office for Windows RT will include most of the features that will be part of Office 2013 for PC. Here are the features that won’t be part of Office for Windows RT, Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rdparty code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written ...

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