Recently Google announced that Google Docs users can now edit Office documents in the native format as opposed to converting them to Google format. With that ability, Google has solved the major problem in getting users from Office suite. Today, they announced that any tracked changes in a .docx file will be automatically carried over to Docs as Suggested Edits. Once done, users can collaborate with others. Docs makes working together easy by letting people edit files in real-time, rather than emailing multiple versions of the same document back and forth. But sometimes you want to control specific changes someone else makes in a document. Suggest Edits in Docs lets you do just that: your team can make suggestions that you can accept or reject with a single click. This feature is available for anyone with commenting access in Google Docs on the web, and is coming soon to our mobile apps.   Read more ...

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Microsoft Office team hinted about new services coming to Office suite this year. Today, one such service/tool was revealed on the web. The new tool/service is called Office Mix. Office Mix includes a add-in for Office 2013 that allows you to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes, and even you can do screen capture. Once everything is done, you can upload it to Mix Online service and anyone can access the same via any web browser through a simple link. If you remember it correctly, this is the project which got leaked 2 years back in the name of Moorea. What does Mix do? The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier. The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? MIX allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that Office 2013 SP1 is coming early next year. It will include performance improvements, feature updates and improved compatibility with Windows 8.1. I want to give you a quick heads up that early next year we’ll release 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.  Of course if you’re an Office 365 customer, you’re always up to date with the latest versions of our products.  We’ll have more details to share on all that is coming in SP1 and how customers can acquire it closer to availability. Source: Office blog ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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The Surface Pro is making its way around the world and Japan is getting its taste on June 7th.  Microsoft previously stated that it would make region specific changes based on the market.  The Chinese Surface Pro had unique Touch Covers and Office preinstalled and Japan will be getting the same.  The Japanese Surface Pro will also come with a 256GB variant, in addition to the 128GB version, but no 64GB version. Pricing was revealed via @SurfaceJP Surface Pro 256GB: 119,800 JPY / $1,170 USD Surface Pro 128GB: 99,800 JPY / $975 USD   Source: Liveside (Please take a look at pictures of the Touch Covers in their blog post) If you are a Japanese reader of Microsoft-news please let us know if you will be buying a Surface Pro in the comments below. ...

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The final version of Microsoft’s Office 2013, along with the new Office server editions like SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013 are now available to  TechNet and MSDN subscribers, and also Office Home & Student RT 2013  for Microsoft Surface buyers. Office 2013 for MSDN subscribers can be found here, and Office 2013 for TechNet subscribers. For Windows RT Surface users, the update can be had by: Head to the Control Panel version of Windows Update, not the Metro-accessible version that you use for more everyday settings changes. Fire up a search for ‘Windows Update,’ and select ‘Install optional updates,’ instead of ‘Windows Update’ from the list of results. If no updates are available, have the device run a check. If there are, then get going right away. The update is titled “Update for Microsoft Office Home & Student 201[3] RT Preview.” Select it, and install. Reboot. ...

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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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