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Microsoft starts beta test for Office on Android tablets

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Microsoft is reportedly working on an Office beta program for Android tablets, after meeting with relative success in their iOS foray. While there are still no clear details on how this will be different from the existing mobile version, it is expected that it will work just like its iOS version, with Word, Excel and Powerpoint sure to be part of this working suite.

Their new CEO, Satya Nadella, has promised that Microsoft will become much more than just a hardware company, but a software provider that will support different platforms, not just its native one. This move to create a program for Android as well as the aforementioned venture into iOS territory is a step towards fulfilling that commitment.

Just like the iOS version, the Beta program for Android will be focusing on tablets, as most document processing occurs in that arena, more than the mobile phone versions. Those who want to check out this very early version can test it out as early as now in a private beta. This early version already features the new touch-friendly UI that Microsoft has been working on, to fit the phablet and tablet devices that they are targeting. They are also working on a Windows version of the Office suite that is more touch-friendly and it is expected to be released by 2015.

Microsoft building on their iOS and Android suites comes at a time when Google is trying to turn Android users away from the traditional Microsoft Office use by integrating Office functionalities into its own apps Docs, Sheets and Slides. Just this week, they updated Docs and Sheets to allow users to create and edit Word and Excel documents within the apps, without needing to convert them before and after. They also announced last week that they are removing Quickoffice from the Play Store since there’s no need for a separate app suite since you can do everything within the Google Office Suite apps.

VIA: Slashgear

Microsoft seeking Office for Android tablet testers

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Microsoft Office is one of the company’s most valuable assets. As expected, the company has been extremely cautious with each release. The office suite is definitely the most popular of its kind and has stayed a favorite for many years. It sure was eventful to see it come to Android last year, but so far we have yet to see a tablet version show up.

Microsoft is now readying the impending launch of the tablet-optimized Office for Android, which would include Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The Redmond giant is seeking testers for said software, according to “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”.

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It’s a bit hard to join the private beta test, but it’s always worth a shot. You should be able to register from Microsoft’s Pre-Release Program website, which is currently under maintenance and displays the following message:

Thank you for your interest in Microsoft Office programs! We are in the process of updating our submission site and expect it to be back online soon. We will be accepting applications throughout the next several weeks and hope you return later in the week to submit your interest.

When released, we can expect the tablet-optimized Office apps to join the rest of the Office 365 suite. You will need a subscription to enjoy the suite’s benefits, but those who really value Microsoft Office will find it a great deal.

As for me – I will stick with Google Drive. Though I accept Office apps tend to be much more complex and full-featured, the simplicity of Google Drive is more than enough to get my work done.

Microsoft Office for Android tablets is getting very close

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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While Google continues to update the Docs and Sheets apps, there is still a lot of you that just can’t get away from Microsoft Office. With it already being available on iOS, it’s only a matter of time till it hits Android right? Based on the fact that Microsoft is looking for testers as part of a closed beta can only mean that we are pretty close.

The Microsoft Office suite for Android will include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and will only be available on tablets.  You can sign up for the beta at Microsoft’s SharePoint site, which we have linked below. At the time of this post, the links for both “Business” and “Home” are down.

source: Microsoft SharePoint
via: TheVerge

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Massive updates for Google Docs, Sheets arrive

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

With the announcement last week during the I/O Conference that the Google Office Suite would be able to create and edit Microsoft Office within their apps, we were expecting that the roll-out would be done in the next few months. But surprise, surprise! Google Docs and Sheets have started releasing updates today and the changes in the two are significant and very much welcome.

Aside from the ability to create and edit Word documents within Google Docs, the update has a bunch of new features that would make using the app easier than opening and editing files on Word on your desktop or laptop. There is a floating new document button that will make it easier to make new files, plus the UI for editing existing files is now totally different. The file list can now also differentiate between Word and Doc files and can send finished documents as either PDF or Word. You can also now open files from storage devices, like a flash drive or hard drive. For a more minimalistic look, there are now fewer icons that are steady on the status bar.

Google Sheets has the same new features as Docs in the updates, except of course that this is more related to Microsoft Excel. You can now create and edit charts on Sheets, which will bring a sigh of relief to those who still didn’t totally want to turn to Google Apps because of this previous limitation. Formulas are also now integrated into the app, instead of just entering them manually. Another crucial new feature is the auto-fill option, where you can choose from the cells previously filled-in, just like in Excel.

Google also announced last week that they were removing Quickoffice from the Play Store as they integrate it into the Google Office Suite. With these new updates, you can see why there’s no need for a separate app suite as it gets easier to work on documents within the Google Drive and apps like Docs, Sheets and Slides.

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Office for Tablets rumored to land on Android before Windows 8

Posted by wicked June - 4 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Hell might freeze over if this rumor turns out to be true. According to sources, the touch-first tablet version of Microsoft’s Office suite will be arriving on Android later this year, while it won’t be coming to Windows 8 devices until sometime in 2015.

This rumor both makes sense and at the same time doesn’t. Office is one of Microsoft‘s remaining strongest cash cows but, unlike it’s other products, it is one that is perhaps best served by being available everywhere. And by everywhere, that also means non-Windows devices, like iOS and Android. Microsoft Office Mobile is already available on Google Play Store, but it is limited to smartphone form factors. The tablet version is still coming, and if this tip is to be given credence, it will be arriving sooner than later.

On the other hand, Microsoft might look less confident and less credible by not prioritizing its own platforms. From a user’s perspective, it is almost understandable that Microsoft would want to be where the money is, so to speak. And in the context of mobile devices, the money is not on its own operating system. It is, however, not exactly reassuring from an investor and business point of view.

That said, it might actually turn out to be a smart move in keeping Office relevant today. While Microsoft’s productivity suite isn’t exactly faltering, a new generation of users are growing up not tied to the software’s idiosyncrasies, especially with that generation relying more and more on mobile devices and the cloud for their document creation and editing needs. Office, however, still maintains a foothold in part because of Microsoft’s proprietary file formats. With official Office apps that can be found on any and all significant platforms and devices, Office could pretty much keep Microsoft from falling into obsolescence in the mobile industry while the company tries to scramble to gain a hold of the market.

VIA: SlashGear

Microsoft Office Touch will likely be released on Android before Windows 8

Posted by wicked June - 3 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Microsoft release a touch-friendly version of Office apps (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) to iOS devices earlier this year, while making the bundled Office Suite a free download for Android users. There have been rumors floating around about when Microsoft would finally break down and release their office apps on another platform, especially on the Android side of the fence, but after the earlier announcement Android users were still left wondering when or if it would ever happen.

The newest rumors point towards something pretty odd, though. Microsoft may actually release touch-friendly versions of their office apps for Android before they see a launch on Windows 8 devices. Windows already has Microsoft Office, but it’s the traditional Office that’s built for a mouse and keyboard, so the experience isn’t quite what it could be. You’d think that Microsoft would spend some extra time and money prioritizing their own platforms, but apparently the thought of Android massive market share (and the potential revenue that offers) has decided which way they’re going to go.

These rumors say an Android version of those Office apps, built specifically for touch screens, will be released late 2014. The Windows 8 release? That’s pegged for a Spring 2015 release. We’re still only halfway through the year, so that could change between now and then, but Microsoft seems like they know where the money’s at.

source: ZDNet

via: Android Central

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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

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Seiko Epson unveils incredibly small label printer for Android devices

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

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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 www.epson.com/labelworks.  View a video overview of the product here: http://www.epson.com/lw600video
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: www.epson.com.

Connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/moverio).

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