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Office for Android phone officially released

Posted by wicked June - 25 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

We’ve seen the preview of the Office Android for Phone and we’ve been using the Office for Android Tablet since November last year. And finally, the phone version is here. Microsoft has officially released the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps for Android phone on the Google Play Store.

All three apps provide a complete Microsoft Office experience we’re all familiar with. The apps have been optimized for any Android phone which is a bit different from the Android tablet version. The software giant first announced the preview back in May and more than 1,900 users previewed the apps on Android smartphones in 83 countries all over the world. The series of tests yielded feedback and comments on the apps. Microsoft took notes and tried to incorporate them into the apps to allow easier navigation, usability, and convenience.

Let’s take a look at these apps:

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The Office for Android phone now supports cloud storage like Box and Google Drive. Word count and proofing support have been added as well to ensure that the document you are working on is ready for presentation even when you’re always on-the-go. You can create a new document or edit your files without having to worry about losing your original formatting. Not all features are included but you can unlock them if you subscribe to Office 365.

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Microsoft Excel

With this app optimized for mobile, you are free to analyze and sort your data. Create a new spreadsheet and be productive working on numbers or whatever data. You can also access .xls files in the cloud from this app.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

The PowerPoint app for Android phone is made especially for those who are always mobile. It offers an intuitive experience on a smaller screen so you can design new presentations or edit a current .PPT file. This is best for quick edits but you can still make a new one from scratch and wow your colleagues. As with the Word and Excel apps, you won’t lose any formatting with the PowerPoint app.

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Download Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from the Google Play Store

SOURCE: Microsoft

Microsoft’s Office apps expand support to Android phones

Posted by wicked June - 24 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Finally, Microsoft’s Office apps work seamlessly across Android phones and tablets. The company announced today that its Office apps gained support for Android phones after being in preview for five weeks. Testing was completed with nearly 2,000 different models in eighty-three countries. Feedback from thousands of users helped the service being fine tuned on the form factor.

The following are some of the highlights with Office for Android phones:

  • On the go reviews and edits—I often need to squeeze in quick reviews in between appointments during the day. I can review documents in full fidelity, read comments and then easily add my own.
  • Presenting from my phone—I love just bringing my phone to a meeting to present wirelessly.  PowerPoint for Android phone gives me the same transitions, animations and design that I would have from my desktop, and I can even use inking to highlight important points while presenting.
  • Quick access to my documents—I can quickly find the document I was working on in the office from my phone.  It even shows me where I was last working. Additionally, while I am a faithful OneDrive user, I can also access documents stored in Dropbox, Google Drive or Box with our support for third-party cloud storage providers.
  • Easy to get—We’ve partnered with over 30 global, regional and local OEMs such as Samsung, Sony, LG and many more, to pre-load these apps on Android devices. Many of these devices will be landing in retail stores later this year.

The update with support for phones is already active with the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps in the Play Store.

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Source: Office

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Microsoft Launches Office Suite of Apps to Google Play for All to Download

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 24 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Microsoft Office suite of apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now out of Preview for Android smartphones, downloadable by all over on Google Play. Previews for each app were made available back in mid-May, but apparently testing went so well, public builds are now rolling out. 

According to the Office team’s blog post, during the preview period, the apps were tested on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries, with thousands of users providing feedback. Even a few of the user-requested features, such as easier syncing to Google Drive and Box, have been built-in to these builds today.

If you are looking for the tablet Office apps, you can find those here.

For all of your Microsoft Office needs, head on over to Google Play now.

Play Links: Office | Excel | PowerPoint

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LG, Sony and several others to bundle Microsoft Office apps with future tablets

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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After announcing a strategic partnership with Samsung, Dell and several other regional companies across the globe, Microsoft has now stretched this to 31 by adding 20 new OEMs to the list, including prominent global figures like Sony and LG.

Under this partnership, Microsoft apps like OneDrive, OneNote, Skype as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint will be preinstalled in the tablets that are launched by these manufacturers. They will essentially work as native apps on the device as they will be offered out of the box.

Sony’s recently launched Xperia Z4 Tablet is said to be the first to make use of this new partnership with the Redmond giant. You can find the list of new manufacturers who are part of this new alliance in the list below:

  • Axdia International GMBH – Germany
  • Cube – China
  • DL – Brazil
  • General Procurement – United States
  • Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
  • Haier – China
  • Inco – Mexico
  • Ionik GBMH – Germany
  • Iview – United States and Latam
  • LG – Global
  • Multilaser – Brazil
  • Noblex – Argentina
  • Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
  • Philco – Argentina
  • Positivo – Brazil
  • Prestigio – EMEA
  • Sony – Global
  • Teclast – China
  • TMAX Digital – North America
  • Wortmannn – Germany

Source: Microsoft
Via: Android Central

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Microsoft adds multi-factor authentication support to Office 365 for tablets

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Microsoft Office 365 was made available for Android last year and with it come security options for several accounts with multi-factor authentication. To be sure, users are asked to enter a password. That seems easy to do and anyone can access a document but there’s a second level of security that requires you to respond to a phone notification, text message, or a phone call. This security feature has been working on smartphones and PCs but unfortunately, there was no support given for tablets.

There was nothing for tablets until this week when Microsoft made some changes on the Office apps for Android. The latest Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps now require the multi-factor authentication. These three apps also support Mobile Application Management with Microsoft Intune.

Performance enhancements and several bug fixes were included as expected. The enhanced apps can allow users to set each app and restrict copying of company data from Office apps to personals apps, app level encryption and app level PIN.

Microsoft Word for Tablet, PowerPoint for Tablet, and Microsoft Excel for Tablet are all ready for download from the Google Play Store. These apps are free but in-app purchases are offered for more advanced Office 365 mobile experience.

VIA: Android Police

Microsoft’s scanning app Office Lens now available on Android

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

With a lot of people trying to go for a paperless lifestyle, scanning documents is becoming second nature for us, and we’re not talking about those huge flatbed scanners or even the 3-in-1 kind of printer/scanner, which you obviously can’t lug around. We’re now into the age of apps that can scan documents and then readjust them so they won’t look just like another picture. One of the more popular ones (well, at least for Windows phone users) is Microsoft‘s Office Lens and it is now available for Android devices.

Office Lens is a capture app which doesn’t just take pictures, but in fact will enhance the image and then save it to OneNote, which is pretty handy especially if you’re dependent on Microsoft’s note-taking app (and the entire Microsoft digital eco-system actually). It will automatically crop and clean up your image because it can recognize the corners of a document and then process and enhance it for you. It also has OCR (optical character recognition) so that you can search for the scanned document through keywords either in OneNote or in the cloud storage app OneDrive.

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You can capture receipts, business cards, documents, and even notes on your whiteboard. And those paper documents and notes can actually be converted into Word, PDF, Powerpoint, etc, so you can edit and reformat easily and export and share on various apps. The business cards you scan can also be added to your smartphone’s contacts as well.

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However, the app is still on preview mode for Android devices, so you won’t be able to find it yet on the Google Play Store. You need to join the Office Lens Android Preview group on Google+ first then choose to “Become A Tester” and the instructions will be there for you.

SOURCE: Microsoft Office

Microsoft’s Office Lens releases in beta for Android phones

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

microsoft office lensMicrosoft’s own Office Lens app is one of their most popular apps on the Windows Phone store (although it doesn’t have much competition), and they’re finally getting around to bringing the useful scanner app to other platforms.

Office Lens works like similar scanner apps in the Play Store where you can quickly snap a photo of a receipt or other important document, and the app stores it safely in your OneNote storage. It’s quick and easy, and great for anyone that’s invested in Microsoft’s ecosystem, whether that’s for OneDrive, Microsoft Office, or any other number of things. It may not have more features than other similar apps, but the OneNote integration is nice.

The app is currently rolling out on Apple’s App Store, but it’s open in beta if you’re willing to test it out on Android. Hit the link below to check it out.

source: Microsoft Office Blog

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Microsoft releases number pad-equipped keyboard for Android

Posted by Tom February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Numpad is the new keyboard made by Microsoft for Android devices.

It was built for Excel but with a nifty number pad it can be used for anything that needs a lot of numerical data entry.

It’s not the most exciting development in tablet technology but it could sure come in handy.

Via engadget

Office for Android preview ends with official availability of the apps

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

It’s only been a few weeks now since Microsoft expanded the preview for Office for Android allowing more folks access to the apps via Google Play. This week Microsoft has announced that the preview stage is now over and the full apps are officially available via Google Play. Microsoft says that the Android apps are similar to Office for Windows 10.

The suite has Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and supports the functions that we are familiar with from the desktop versions of the software. Each of the apps has been optimized for smaller screen touch devices and tweaked with feedback gained during the preview period. All of the apps support external keyboards as well.

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Word will allow people to enter text, images, footnotes, tablets, and charts just as you would on the desktop. Excel spreadsheets support formulas, charts, tables, PivotTables, sorting, filtering, and various commands. PowerPoint supports all the formatting, video embedding, transitions, and animations you expect.

Microsoft says that the preview apps generated over 250,000 downloads in 330 languages. Requirements for the apps include a tablet with a screen at least 7-inches or larger and an ARM processor. Devices with screens over 10.1-inches need an Office 365 subscription. The only Android OS supported is KitKat; Android 5.0 isn’t supported at this time. However, Lollipop will be supported at a later date. Tablets running Intel processors will be supported within a quarter. You can download the apps here: Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

SOURCE: Office.com

JotterPad 11 is a writer’s delight, save work in multiple formats

Posted by wicked January - 29 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

As a writer, finding the correct writing apps for your Android device can be quite a daunting — if not impossible — task, just because devices are not built with writing (typing) in mind. There are those that go over-the-top and take the joy out of the writing experience completely. Then there are those that are too minimalist you don’t seem to be able to do anything at all. Thankfully, for all you writers-on-the-go out there, there’s the wonderfully blissful JotterPad 11, the latest iteration of the mobile text editor for Android.

JotterPad 11 seems to be the perfect writing companion for anyone who has to deal with logorrhea (er, an overflow of words) especially when you’re away from your notebook or PC and you just have your Android device with you. A clean, modern and Material Design-infused look featuring a writer-friendly interface and paper-like layering is ideal to help you concentrate on drafting or perfecting that novel, short story, poem, or screenplay. Not your normal office app, yes?

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Speaking about poetry, a cool feature in JotterPad 11 is a rhyming dictionary (Who would ever think of such a thing? I can’t wait to have a fling!) that can help you with figuring out your work’s rhyming scheme. There’s also the standard dictionary and thesaurus, of course, but for the most part, JotterPad makes your writing experience clutter- and distraction-free. You can customize the fonts, and there’s also typewriter scrolling for that old-school feel. Should you need to keep track of the changes to your draft, the “Snapshots” feature enables you to take a look at earlier versions of your work. The app also has a Research window that lets you look up relevant stuff for your work such as definitions and synonyms, as well as Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts, word counts, and Markdown support. It can even support true Italics.

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As for saving your work, JotterPad 11 supports .pdf, .rtf, as well as .docx formats, so sending your document to another device shouldn’t be too much trouble. There are also a variety of print options you can work with. Take note though, that some of the features may require Creative IAP, which would cost you around USD$6.00, but the app’s main features are essentially free. To satisfy your urge to write on-the-go, check out JotterPad 11 at the Google Play Store and start tapping away on your next literary masterpiece.

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