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Office for iPad updates with support for monthly subscriptions

09/02, 1:40pm

Includes Home, Personal tiers

Microsoft has today updated the Office iPad apps -- including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with in-app purchases of monthly Office 365 subscriptions. These are divided into Personal and Home tiers. The first costs $7 per month, and is limited to one iPad and one PC/Mac. It does, however, come with 1TB of cloud storage, and 60 minutes of Skype calling to cellphones and landlines.

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Office for iPad gets PDF export, new fonts and Picture tools

07/31, 3:32pm

Excel, PowerPoint get custom improvements

Microsoft has updated its trio of Office apps for the iPad -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- adding a number of significant features. Perhaps the biggest addition is support for PDF export, but new third-party fonts have also been added, as have new Picture tools that let people crop an image or reset it to an unaltered state. Other changes are specific to Excel and PowerPoint.

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Microsoft reportedly starts testing Office for Android apps

07/02, 1:53pm

Android version of Office apps allegedly scheduled for release later this year

Microsoft is building a full suite of Office apps for Android, a report claims. Following the official port to the iPad it launched in March, Microsoft is said to be privately testing separate apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for the mobile operating system, with the company apparently seeking businesses and individuals to provide feedback on pre-release versions.

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Office for iPad downloads top 27 million

05/12, 2:46pm

Stats doubled in one month, says Microsoft

Downloads of Office for iPad have exceeded 27 million, according to the general manager for Microsoft's Office division, Julia White. White made the comment today during a keynote at Microsoft's TechEd conference in Houston. The figure is more than twice the 12 million Microsoft quoted on April 3rd, just a week after the suite reached the App Store.

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Microsoft updates Office for iPad with AirPrint support

04/29, 1:17pm

Excel gets improved AutoFit, PowerPoint gets SmartGuides

Microsoft has released its first update for Office for iPad, introducing AirPrint support to all three apps. Word lets users print files with or without markup. Excel gives options to print a whole workbook, a single sheet, or a selected range, and all three apps let users print specific pages or slides.

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Microsoft updates Office Online, adds apps to Chrome Web Store

04/15, 6:36am

Excel Online adds comments, OneNote gains printing options

Microsoft has made a number of updates to its Office Online web apps, just over a month after its rebranding and relaunch. Changes to the online versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote apply to all users of the online productivity suite, with Chrome users also benefiting from the addition of the Office Online apps to the Chrome Web Store.

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Office for iPad apps grab top spots in App Store charts

03/28, 3:12pm

Word only Office app in Grossing category's top 10

Just a day after their release, the Office for iPad apps are already in high positions in the Top Free and Top Grossing charts at the App Store. The top three Free apps are currently Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in that order; a related Microsoft app, OneNote, is in fourth. Word is #5 on the Top Grossing chart, while Excel is 12th, and PowerPoint is 29th.

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Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad

03/27, 5:18pm

Microsoft brings industry-standard document editing to iOS

Although a lot of apps have tried to fill the gap with degrees of success, there's always been an undercurrent of demand for a full-scale iPad version of Office. Even if you can escape using Office personally, it's the workplace standard -- it just makes sense to have the suite on the world's most popular tablet. Now Office for iPad is here, and it's time to share some first impressions.

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Briefly: Presentation Recorder for iOS, Colligo Briefcase for Mac

03/03, 10:44pm

Qrayon's Presentation Recorder creates HD video screencasts on iPad

App creator Qrayon has launched its latest product, Presentation Recorder. Available for iPad, Presentation Recorder lets users create HD video screencasts from an imported Keynote or PowerPoint deck. Created videos can be securely emailed or published to the service of choice. Voice audio is automatically synced to displayed slides in a presentation, and 720p HD videos can be edited within iMovie. Available for $3, Presentation Recorder requires iOS7.0 or later.

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Office for Mac 2011 14.3.7 makes bugfixes, minor upgrades

09/11, 10:57am

Adds features to Outlook

Microsoft has released a new patch for Office for Mac, v14.3.7. The code is primarily a maintenance release, cleaning up bugs in the software. It does however add a collection of improvements to Outlook, such as pane navigation, item sort order in the View menu, and the ability to insert images via the Format menu.

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Microsoft debuts Office Mobile app for iPhone

06/14, 9:21am

Serves as companion for Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft has released Office Mobile, a companion iPhone app for Office 365 subscribers. The app lets users access and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents hosted on SkyDrive or SharePoint, or else attached to email messages. Documents can also be created wholesale and/or commented on, but only in the case of Word and Excel.

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OnLive Desktop app now available for Android tablets

03/01, 1:25pm

OnLive launches Android-compatible Desktop app

Users of Android tablets can now install the OnLive Desktop app (free, Android Market) to access Windows apps. The new version mirrors the iPad edition with cloud access to a virtual machine with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe Reader for non-web PDFs. There is also 2GB of cloud storage included to save the resulting work.

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Microsoft Apps launches for Nokia Belle phones

02/24, 2:15pm

Microsoft outs business apps for Nokia Belle

Nokia and Microsoft this week released the first batch of productivity apps for the former's handsets running on Nokia Belle phones. Called Microsoft Apps, the free productivity suite includes four programs usually only found on Microsoft's own platforms. A common thread with multiple smartphone OS bases is OneNote, which lets users create documents containing text and images.

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CloudOn promises MS Office suite on iPad

01/03, 5:10pm

Tools require Internet access to function

A new app, CloudOn, is offering use of Microsoft Office on the iPad without having to connect to a remote desktop PC. This includes access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via a Windows-style interface, and support for many major tasks and features. Among these are things like commenting, spellchecking, and running PowerPoint presentations.

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Office for Mac 2011, 2008 updates fix security, stability

12/13, 4:40pm

2011 patch solves problems with earlier updates

Microsoft has released two new Office for Mac updates. The first, Office for Mac 2011 14.1.4, deals with security vulnerabilities, as well as as some "extremely important" stability and reliability issues. It should in fact allow some copies of Office to finally update properly, since earlier patches would potentially fail if they were installed simultaneously, through SSH, or to a system where the home directory contains a space.

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Microsoft posts Mac updates for Office 2011, Office 2008

09/13, 4:30pm

2011 update disables Mail import under Lion

Microsoft has released new updates for the 2011 and 2008 editions of Office for Mac. The 2011 update, v14.1.3, solves a bevy of problems, including documents not opening in some browsers. The bulk of fixes appear to be directed at Outlook, targeting issues such as contact images not displaying in the Contacts Search box. The email client has had import from Mail disabled under Lion, however, since the option "does not work as expected" under Apple's new OS, according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft pushes out Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9

04/13, 3:15pm

Adds support for SkyDrive cloud storage

Microsoft has released a new version of Office 2008 for Mac, 12.2.9. The patch is mostly a maintenance update, fixing security vulnerabilities in Excel, PowerPoint and the suite as whole. It likewise copes with issues that can potentially trigger program crashes.

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Microsoft rolls out Office for Mac 2011 SP1

04/12, 4:45pm

Implements Outlook sync features

As promised last week, Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Office for Mac 2011. Changes to the suite primarily revolve around Outlook, which can now communicate with Sync Services in Mac OS X and exchange calendars, notes and tasks with other apps. Resend and Redirect buttons have also been added, and the updated software can make use of Exchange-based server-side rules.

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Microsoft intros 30-day trial of Office for Mac 2011

01/25, 3:25pm

Includes trial of Outlook

Microsoft has rolled out a new trial version of Office for Mac 2011. The release contains all of the apps in the Home and Business edition of the suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the first Mac version of Outlook. Although the trial expires after 30 days, a valid product key unlocks the full program.

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IN Media tablet clones iPad look, gets unpersuasive demo

12/22, 8:15am

IN Media intros Windows 7 Tablet PC with iPad look

TV set-top box maker IN Media today dipped into tablets by launching its plainly titled Windows 7 Tablet PC. The computer is consciously designed to resemble an iPad with elements of the iPhone, including an Apple-style home button that has no apparent purpose, but has typical netbook specs inside. A 1.66GHz Atom, a 160GB hard drive and a front webcam are joined by HDMI, an SD slot and USB for expansion.

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Office for Mac 2011 gets first major patch

11/09, 4:45pm

Copes with freezes, crashes

Microsoft has posted its first-ever update for Office 2011 for Mac, v14.0.1. The patch is 110.5MB, and deals mainly with stability problems that could lead to programs freezing, or simply quitting entirely. Only Outlook has not received any stability tweaks.

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Early Office 2011 for Mac images emerge

03/29, 4:05pm

Outlook shows streamlined interface

Some early screenshots of Microsoft's Office 2011 for Mac have been leaked, a report claims. Not the least because the updated software is only due late this year, the shots are said to represent early code, still in transition to a final Cocoa-based form. Of special note may be Outlook, which is replacing Entourage and employs a streamlined design paired with the ribbon interface first introduced for Office on Windows. Several of the screenshots can be seen below.

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PDF2Office Pro 5.0 adds workbook, new Office formats

01/15, 12:45pm

Software now supports Snow Leopard

Recosoft has updated its Mac-based PDF conversion tool for Microsoft Office, PDF2Office Professional. The software converts PDF documents into formats such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and HTML. It automatically recreates the original layout of a document, detecting styles, forming paragraphs and regrouping graphics. It can also extract images, and supports tables, headers and footers, column formatting and endnotes and footnotes.

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Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 fixes stability, security issues

11/11, 11:35am

Also makes tweaks to specific features

Microsoft has posted a fresh update for Office 2008 for Mac, v12.2.3. The patch primarily addresses stability problems, such as one affecting the entire suite which could result in application crashes after a program was opened. Several unique crash scenarios have been fixed in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Document Connection. Security has also been upgraded, closing a hole which could be used to overwrite memory with malicious code.

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Keynote Objects FX 4.0 adds 50 new 3D images

10/29, 12:00pm

Expands collection to 150

Jumsoft has announced Keynote Objects FX 4.0, an update to its 3D image collection for Apple’s iWork suite. The upgrade brings the total number of objects up to 150, covering items ranging from classic furniture to gift boxes. The 50 new ones are geared towards sports and leisure. Each image is optimized for Keynote presentation use, at a resolution of 1024x768.

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Logitech rolls pair of PowerPoint-aware remotes

08/05, 7:35am

Logitech PPoint Presenters

Logitech this morning swung out two presenter remotes designed specifically to streamline PowerPoint slideshows. The Professional Presenter R800 tops the entries and not only lets users advance or backtrack through slides but includes a display that counts down to the intended finish of a presentation and provides vibrating alerts in the last five minutes. It also has a 100-foot range that helps for presenting in lecture halls and uses a green laser that should work on less friendly surfaces.

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Microsoft makes Office Web free, shows 2010

07/13, 11:10am

MS Office Web and 2010

Microsoft today used its Windows Partners Conference to expand the details of Office 2010, including its web version. Initially considered separate, Microsoft now says Office Web is a counterpart to 2010 but will make it freely available to anyone with a Windows Live account. It will also be free to use on the local network for companies that buy volume licenses of Office 2010, though companies that just want the web app component will also have the option of a subscription.

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Microsoft to launch Office web apps Monday?

07/09, 3:30pm

MS Office Web Apps Monday

Microsoft's Monday event should mark a more formal debut for the company's Office Web suite, tipsters said on Thursday. Although announced nine months ago, the suite is now said by Neowin to be getting a demonstration. It's not known if Microsoft will commit to a public release at the gathering.

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MS posts Windows PowerPoint patch, delays Mac fix

05/15, 11:05am

Mac PowerPoint fix delay

Microsoft has drawn criticism over the timing of a new security patch, targeting the company's PowerPoint presentation software. Windows users can now download update MS09-017, which addresses a zero-day vulnerability known to have been used in real-world attacks. The patch is moreover said to reduce the vulnerability of Office and PowerPoint in general, by removing a mostly irrelevant PowerPoint 4 converter. The creation of PowerPoint 4 files has not been supported since Office XP.

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First Look: Keynote '09, presentation software

01/12, 11:00am

First Look Keynote 09

Keynote is the oldest and most mature program of the iWork suite, which has regularly bested Microsoft PowerPoint in features and ease of use from its inception. With the latest version, Apple has continued innovating to keep Keynote '09 the star of the entire iWork suite.

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Keynote Objects FX 3.0 expands collection

11/06, 4:30pm

Keynote Objects FX 3.0 out

Jumsoft is shipping Keynote Objects FX 3.0, its latest art collection for Mac apps. Objects FX is in particular aimed at both Keynote and Pages, and supplies a variety of pre-rendered 3D images for inclusion in presentations or documents. Version 3.0 doubles the collection size from 50 to 100, in categories including the likes of parties, plants, and soft or metallic objects.

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Keynote Jam offers 56 icons for Keynote

05/01, 4:20pm

Keynote Jam for Keynote

Jumsoft on Thursday unveiled Keynote Jam, a collection of 56 high quality 3D rendered images ideal for use in Apple's Keynote presentation software. The collection includes a number of colorful icons, such as checkmarks, a globe, several Apple-inspired designs, as well as a plethora of other symbols, tools, and shapes. Jumsoft also claims the icons work with Microsoft Powerpoint and graphics applications, and are available for free from the company's website.

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MS Open XML converter updates to 0.2.1

12/21, 10:15am

Open XML converter 0.2.1

Microsoft has released a new beta of its Open XML File Format Converter for Mac OS X. The utility converts Open XML documents into a format readable by Office v. X or Office 2004 for Mac, and supports batch operations in addition to single-file use. Five different file types can be altered: these include standard and macro-enabled Word documents (.DOCX and .DOCM), as well as PowerPoint shows, templates and presentations (.PPSX, .POTX and .PPTX files).

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Office 2008: PowerPoint + iPod, new features

11/27, 5:40pm

Office 2008 features

Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has updaed the Office 2008 Sneak Peek site, unveiling a few new features from PowerPoint and Word. PowerPoint 2008 now allows users to export slideshows directly to iPhoto in either PNG or JPEG format, which the company intends for users to be able to upload to their iPods so they can bring their presentations with them, without requiring a computer. Apple Remote support has also been introduced, allowing presenters to make use of the small six-button remote in PowerPoint. Word 2008's Notebook Layout View has been improved, providing greater flexibility for idea management. Users can customize their workspace background with different images, and color-coded tabs can be used to ensure efficient note-taking.

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