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Microsoft Office Mobile for Android drops the Office 365 requirement

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Office Mobile for Android arrived last July, and while the app was free to download, it did require users to have an Office 365 subscription. Flash forward till today, the day Microsoft finally released Office for iPad and it looks like that announcement also brought some good news for Android users. Office Mobile for Android has dropped the Office 365 requirement (for some users).

Simply put, Android users will now be able to create, edit and save Microsoft documents. Touching back on the free (for some users) aspect and here is what Microsoft had to say; “Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use.”

The main other requirement comes in with your devices as Office Mobile for Android requires Android 4.0 or later for use. While we expect most (if not all) of our readers to be using Android we should also mention this free Office Mobile setup also applies to iPhone users.

We aren’t entirely sure this will be enough to convince the most dedicated Google users to switch to Microsoft products for their document needs, however it may come in handy at times, especially now that it is free. Of course, Quickoffice (is also free) and works pretty well for quick Microsoft document edits. Anyway, Microsoft Office Mobile can be found in the Play Store.

SOURCE: Office Blogs

Office for iPad this month? Windows 8.1 version still in the works

Posted by Tom March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The rumour mill’s buzzing with talk of a Microsoft press briefing scheduled for March 27th, where it’s is believed the release of the long-awaited iPad version of Office will be announced.
A few days after comes the BUILD 2014 conference, where we should see Windows 8.1 Update 1, some Windows 9 sneak peeks and a look at a working Windows Phone 8.1, among other things.

Codenamed Miramar, Office for iPad could be with us soon, dredging up questions of when it’ll be standard fare for native Metro-powered devices.

Via tablet-news

(Must Download) Kingsoft Office – a fully featured Microsoft Office & PDF solution

Posted by wicked January - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Kingsoft - Wordprocessor

Kingsoft Office is an alternative office documents app that is fully-featured and completely free! Create Word, PDF, spreadsheet, memo and PowerPoint  documents easily from your tablet or mobile phone. The documents works perfectly well with Microsoft and it’s easy to share from the app itself. If the daunting price of other Office apps has put… View Article

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Seiko Epson unveils incredibly small label printer for Android devices

Posted by wicked January - 4 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

epson label printer

Seiko Epson has formally announced a label maker for Android devices, and it’s one of the world’s smallest at only 24 mm large. That equates to about an inch large, which is easily small enough to carry around wherever you might need it. The Bluetooth-capable label maker is good for printing out labels for clothing, decorations, organizing, etc., and with the free iLabel app, you can even do things like print labels from your own handwriting or from an image taken with your camera. There are also options for things like QR codes and speech-to-text transcription. Pretty powerful for such a small tool.

The label maker is battery powered, but includes an AC adapter if you don’t plan on going mobile with it. The add-on application works on both Android and iOS devices, and Epson has released an open-source SDK to allow personalized development for business use. It will be available for $99 with a single roll of paper, or $123 with two rolls of paper. They plan on really showing off this little device at CES next week, so be sure to keep up with our CES 2014 coverage if you want to find out more.

Epson America Launches App-Enabled Label Printer
for Smartphones and Tablets

Epson’s LabelWorks LW-600P with iLabel App Offers Unlimited Label-Making Possibilities for Home or Work; Prints Wirelessly from iOS and Android Mobile Devices

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 3, 2014 – Epson America today announced the Epson LabelWorks LW-600P, a new one-of-a-kind label printer for smartphones and tablets that gives users the ability to make an endless variety of both practical and creative labels for the home or workplace.

The LabelWorks LW-600P is one of the smallest and lightest 24mm (~1”) label printers on the market today with a powerful set of capabilities and features, including:

·         Bluetooth connectivity for use with smart phones and tablets
·         USB connectivity for printing from Windows and Mac computers
·         Print speeds up to 15mm/s at 180dpi for fast printing of labels
·         Tape widths of 6mm (~1/8”) to 24mm (~1”) for maximum versatility
·         Battery-powered operation for portability and mobility
·         AC power (adapter included) to allow the LW-600P to be always on and ready

For iOS and Android device users, the free Epson iLabel app takes full advantage of the capabilities of their smart phones and tablets to offer features never before available with traditional label makers, such as:

·         “True-view” label preview capability using the camera function to ensure labels perfectly match what’s on the screen
·         Handwriting mode for custom drawing or annotation of labels using the touch screen interface
·         Speech-to-text voice transcription and printing
·         In-app storage of created label for future use
·         Import of custom graphics such as symbols, logos and photographs to copy & paste onto labels for a more professional look or to add a personalized touch
·         Creation of QR code labels for content sharing or barcode labels for inventory management which can be scanned by third-party QR/barcode apps

With a wide variety of tape options, the LabelWorks LW-600P opens up a world of label-making possibilities that go beyond simply adhesive labels for organization, including:

·         Personalized ribbons and decorative stickers for party favors, gifts, hair decorations, ornaments, flower arrangements and more
·         Iron-on labels for uniforms, backpacks, shoes and any type of cloth-based products
·         Glow-in-the-dark labels for light switches, emergency flashlights and supplies
·         Reflective labels for jackets, helmets, bicycles and any item that may benefit from labels with reflective visibility

“The Epson LabelWorks LW-600P offers users a mobile device accessory that can be used anywhere to create labels for any situation – personal or business,” said Anna Jen, director, New Ventures/New Products for Epson America. “It reinvigorates an older product category with new features, new types of printable tapes and exciting possibilities that bring enhanced value to the market.”

With an open-source development platform, the LW-600P also gives developers the ability to create iOS and Android label-printing apps for specific uses such as event ticketing and specialty crafting, or for vertical applications such as inventory management, healthcare, cable & wiring, patch panels and more.

Demonstrations of the LabelWorks LW-600P will be available at the Epson SmartWare Pavilion, meeting room S214, in the Las Vegas Convention Center during 2014 International CES, Jan. 7-10, 2014.

Part of Epson’s newly introduced portfolio of open-sourced, app-enabled products, the LabelWorks LW-600P is available now and sold with one or two 24mm tapes included in the box with an MSRP of $99.99 and $123.98, respectively. 

For complete LabelWorks LW-600P specifications and additional information, visit  View a video overview of the product here:
About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit:

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Quickoffice update deepens Google Drive integration

Posted by wicked November - 10 - 2013 - Sunday Comments Off

Google purchased Quickoffice back in June and while the app sat relatively untouched for some time, there was a relaunch in September. That brought a refreshed version of the app as well as a new price point — Quickoffice went free for all. Along with that relaunch, Quickoffice users were also given 10GB of Google Drive storage.


Now keeping with the Drive connection, Google has once again updated Quickoffice. This time around the Google Drive integration has been improved. Google has said that Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files will automatically open in the Drive app, that is, provided the user has both Drive and Quickoffice installed.

Otherwise, this most recent Quickoffice update also included some unspecified performance improvements and big fixes. This was a simple, but a seemingly welcomed update. This does bring the question though, how long before Google updates the Quickoffice app to a point where it is no longer needed.

After all, the last update made Quickoffice free and gave away Drive storage, then this update had Google Docs files opening directly in Google Drive — eliminating some of the need for Quickoffice. Of course, you still need Quickoffice installed alongside Drive for now, but it seems like we are moving to a point where Quickoffice will no longer be quite as necessary.

That all being said, the latest version of Quickoffice can be found in the Google Play Store.

Quickoffice relaunched by Google, price drops and includes 10GB Drive perk

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

Back in April Google released the Google Apps edition of Quickoffice in the Play Store. This app was released for free, but the use was limited to those who were paying Google Apps for Business subscribers. At the time Quickoffice remained priced at $14.99 and $19.99 for the Pro and Pro HD versions. Well, flash forward till the present day and Quickoffice has been relaunched and is now available for free — for everyone.


The newly launched Quickoffice can be found in the Play Store where it sits with support for tablets and smartphones. Well, provided they are running Android 2.2. or later. In addition to Google dropping the price, they also rolled the app out with a new icon, which bears resemblance to the Google Drive icon. And perhaps a bit nicer, the app also has some new features.


Google noted how the new Quickoffice allows the user to create .ZIP folders and also view charts in Excel and PowerPoint files. Of course, the existing features remain which mean you will be able to attach files to emails, open and view PDF files and create/edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Quickoffice users can also access files from their device and from Google Drive.

Sticking with the connection to Drive, Google has a bonus for those who install the app and sign-in using their Google account credentials before September 26th — free storage. Those who follow up with this will get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage. This extra free storage will come in addition to the currently available 15GB and Google has said it will be added sometime in the “next few weeks.”

SOURCE: Google Drive Blog, Google Play Store

Smash the Office (literally!) – kill stress playing this game

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off
Smash the Office (literally!) - kill stress playing this game

Smash the Office is a stress-busting action game where you get to trash a virtual office with a range of handy weapons. Take out the water coolers and the desks, stride through the server room taking out everything in your path and go postal on the cubicles. If you’ve ever worked in an office you’ll… View Article

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Leaked roadmap indicates Microsoft Office won’t hit Android devices until Fall 2014

Posted by wicked April - 11 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off



Microsoft sure is doing its best to stay quiet regarding its launch plans for its Office for Android, but it finally appears that we have an idea of when to expect the productivity suite and tools to hit our Android devices. The gang at ZDNET obtained a leaked roadmap for the mobile port of Microsoft’s Office product, also affectionately known as “Gemini”. The major thing to note right off the bat is that “Gemini” is not only being stalled for a launch later this year, but it’s looking like it will be ready around the fall of next year. As Microsoft’s Win32, Surface RT and Mac versions takes precedent, it will likely have the Android’s app version being developed on the back-end and won’t be ready for the masses until October 2014.

The long wait is definitely a bummer for sure. Here’s hoping that Android port will be worth the wait.

source: ZDNET

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Microsoft Office for Android tipped for a fall 2014 arrival

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

A look back at the topic of Microsoft Office for Android shows a long list of possible launch dates and an equally long list of launch delays. We did at one point see a series of leaked screenshots, however much of the focus seems to be on when the office suite will be arriving. On that note, this latest mention of Microsoft Office for Android talks of another potential release date.


Or more specifically, in this instance, a potential release timeframe. The good part of this news, this release timeframe is so far out that we suspect this will be enough to finally push people away from the hoping and waiting. Well, that is assuming any Android users are still holding out hope of seeing Office arrive. Anyway, that timeline is fall 2014 — as in next year.

As to where these details are coming from, Mary Jo Foley writing for ZD Net has been passed a roadmap. The roadmap details the Gemini wave of Office updates which begins with Windows Blue app updates as part of wave 1.0. Part 1.5 goes into Office for Mac, an Office RT refresh and a Windows Phone support refresh with wave 2.0 being the Office for Android and iOS release. Wave 2.0 also includes Outlook RT.

According to the timeline on those waves, 1.0 is expected in October 2013, 1.5 is expected in April 2014 and 2.0 is noted for October 2014. Bottom line here, while we suspect some Android users have a genuine need for a Microsoft Office suite, given a release may not be coming for more than a year — now seems like as good a time as any to begin using an alternative such as Quickoffice and start getting comfortable because you still have a long wait ahead of you.

[via ZD Net]

Quickoffice app released for Google apps business users

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2013 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google has recently released a new version of the Quickoffice app into the Google Play Store. This one joins the Quickoffice Pro HD and Quickoffice Pro apps, which are already priced at $19.99 and $14.99 respectively. This new release is called Quickoffice Google Apps and is available for free. Before you run to download thinking Quickoffice is now available for free — there is a catch.


You see, the Quickoffice Google Apps release is available for those who are Google Apps for Business subscribers. Therein lies the reason why this version of Quickoffice is available for free — you are already paying for the business Google Apps account. This version of Quickoffice is sitting at v6.0.101 and will run on devices with Android 2.2 or later.

Basically, this means that Google Apps for Business users will now be able to edit Microsoft Office files on their Android device. This includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with support for .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt and .pptx. Users will be able to both create new and edit existing files.

As with other Quickoffice releases, the support includes a wide variety of languages as well as the ability to create, edit and arrange files in your Google Drive account and even convert text to speech and speech to text. Of course, the basics such as changing colors, fonts and backgrounds as well as being able to rearrange cells and work with formulas all still apply. Basically, Google Apps for Business users (assuming you have yet to already do so) no longer have to pay for Quickoffice.

[via Google Enterprise Blog]

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