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LibreOffice Viewer arrives on Android in beta form

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Another productivity suite comes to Android, this time with a more open source bent and with a distinctive legacy. The open source LibreOffice suite is finally on our favorite mobile platform, but it has two important caveats. First is that it’s still in beta, which probably isn’t much of an issue for some who are used to beta testing such early releases. The showstopper, however, is that LibreOffice on Android, for now, is simply a document viewer, limiting it’s overall usefulness to a certain subset.

LibreOffice has a rather colorful history. It takes its roots from OpenOffice.org, one of the most prominent office suites that became a key rival to Microsoft Office when it came to freely available and open source software. At that time, OpenOffice was still under the care of Sun Microsystems. But when Sun was acquired by Oracle, many were worried about the latter’s anti-open source stance, leading them to fork OpenOffice into the LibreOffice that we know today.

Despite being popular on desktops, LibreOffice still had to make headway into Android, where the space is growing more crowded, especially now that Microsoft is playing there as well. That said, those who still prefer an open source solution now have one in their hands and pockets. The somewhat disappointing part is that LibreOffice on Android is only a viewer, so users are limited to opening documents and files, though that in itself might already be useful in presentations or meetings. Even as a viewer, the app is already quite capable, supporting both open and proprietary document formats and many editions of Microsoft Office files.

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The app also carries a heavy disclaimer that it is still in development and shouldn’t be considered stable yet and its developers don’t recommend using it for very important tasks. The app also does have some other limitations that developer Collabora is hoping to address in future releases, including clickable URL links and browsing external SD storage.

Download: LibreOffice from Google Play Store
SOURCE Collabora

Microsoft Office for Android on tablets exits invite-only stage

Posted by wicked January - 6 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Since early November, an invite was required to use Office for Android on tablets. The invite-only stage is over and now Microsoft is casting a larger net for preview users. The only requirements are that the Android tablet runs KitKat or Lollipop and the display size sits between 7 and 10.1 inches. Does your tablet meet those requirements? Then head over to the Play Store and download Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Microsoft would like to know the good and bad of its productivity suite on Android tablets, so be sure to let them know on Google+.

Source: Office Blogs

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5 Best Android Smartphone Apps You Must Try this Month

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Everyday, hundreds of new smartphone applications are developed and made available on the different mobile platforms. Android smartphones get most of their applications and games from Google Play which currently boasts of having more than 1,412,200 applications. Since there is a wide variety of applications available, it makes it hard for smartphone users to try them out even if they are willing to. To help you with your choice, tech information blog has compiled a list of five of the best android smartphone apps that you need to try this week.

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You can now automatically convert Office attachments in Gmail into Google Drive files

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

google_drive_app_iconGoogle has added a great function to Drive and Gmail that should speed up moving files between the two services. Now whenever you have an Office file in Gmail that you want to edit in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, a single click will automatically convert the file into the appropriate Drive app for you to begin editing immediately. Plus, you get all the extra useful features of Google’s office suite, including having a full file history to fall back on.

If you frequently get sent Office attachments in your email, this change should help speed up your work immediately.

source: Google

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Microsoft Hands Out Unlimited OneDrive Storage to Office 365 Customers

Posted by Kellex October - 27 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Microsoft announced today that Office 365 customers will soon have access to unlimited OneDrive storage. Yes, unlimited. With plans as low as $6.99, this might be one of the best cloud storage options you will find. In fact, one of our readers already received an email from Microsoft that said he will be one of the first and that they are adding 10TB of storage to his account as they ramp up to fully unlimited. 10TB. 

The goal is for Microsoft to give all Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers unlimited storage, but it might take a couple of months to complete. If you don’t feel like waiting for a few months, you can put your name in to hopefully get on the front of the list here.

In case you were wondering, Business customers will be upgraded as well, but it might take some time. To keep an eye on status, check out the Business 365 roadmap.

You can read more about OneDrive’s new unlimited storage for Office 365 customers at the link below.

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Via:  OneDrive
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Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google seems to be looking in to the possibilities of creating a new office space in a former airplane hangar in Los Angeles. The hangar was owned by Howard Hughes in the 1940s and has been a filming location for movies such as Michael Bay’s recent Transformers and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The building is one of many in the area, but most have already been leased by various companies as office spaces, including YouTube. 

Source: WSJ

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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.

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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.

Download Google Docs and Google Sheets from the Google Play Store.

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