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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.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

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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