Microsoft is on the lookout for private beta testers
The lack of tablet-optimized apps has for long been a major source of frustration among Android tablet owners. What’s worse, even Android’s emergence as the overwhelming leader in the tablet market has done little to alleviate this shortcoming, with even some big-name developers refusing to offer tablet-optimized versions of their apps for the platform. Well, Microsoft is willing to help.
Separate Docs and Sheets apps are now required for creating and editing documents
A new version of the Google Drive app hit the Play Store and App Store on Friday. In a move Google had telegraphed a couple of days earlier with the release of standalone Docs and Sheets apps for both platforms, the latest Drive app no longer lets you edit documents.
Company ‘trusts’ users to voluntarily stay within bounds
On Thursday, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of launching a dedicated version of its Office productivity suite for the Apple iPad, giving all iPad users the ability to view Office documents on the go for free, and those willing to pay $100 per year for an Office 365 subscription the power to edit and create them. There’s a slight problem, though.
Microsoft let it be known at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) that Windows 8 is bound for general availability by the end of October and RTM (release to manufacturers) in August, but what about its next generation Office suite? Office 2013, the likely title for what's currently codenamed Office 15, is said to be prepped for an official unveiling by Redmond on Monday.
Microsoft reached a key milestone in the development of its popular Office productivity suite when it launched the “Office 15” Technical Preview Program late last month. At this stage, Office 15 (codename) is being tested by “a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements.” However, not everyone seems to be complying with the NDA.
Microsoft recently updated its Office Web Apps online productivity suite to add a few useful features. The service update, which was announced by the Office Web Apps team on its official blog on Wednesday, only concerns the Excel and PowerPoint Web Apps. Hit the jump to find out what these enhancements are.
Currently at the technology preview stage, the new cloud-based office productivity suite will square off against comparable products like Google Apps, Microsoft Office Web Apps, Zoho Office Suite and Oracle Cloud Office. It will be widely available in the second half of 2011.
“LotusLive Symphony is new set of social collaboration tools in the cloud that allows you and your customers or colleagues to work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations - together. You can co-edit, organize and manage the creation process in real-time, using LotusLive Symphony's Web-based tools,” the company announced on the official Lotus Symphony.
Google acquired a small company named DocVerse back in March. Its flagship product was a MS Office plugin that let users sync their offline documents to the cloud. The service has since been moved to Google’s infrastructure and renamed Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. Yesterday, Google took a big step towards the return of the service by opening it to early testers. The prospect of syncing Office documents to the Google cloud created such a buzz that the internet giant was inundated with thousands of applications for the early testing program within a few hours, eventually forcing it to put a lid on the program.
“Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs. And because the files are stored in the cloud, people always have access to the current version,” wrote Shan Sinha, a group product manager at Google, in a blog post.
“Once in the Google cloud, documents can be easily shared and even simultaneously edited by multiple people, from right within Office. A full revision history is kept as the files are edited, and users can revert to earlier versions in one click. These are all features that Google Docs users already enjoy today, and now we’re bringing them to Microsoft Office.”
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is here and the Entourage email client is no longer part of the productivity suite, having been replaced by the all-new Outlook for Mac. Some other notable changes include the introduction of the Ribbon interface, collaborative editing and Office Web Apps.
“As with its predecessors – a big emphasis in developing Office 2011 was listening to and incorporating your feedback,” an admittedly proud Eric Wilfrid, general manager of Office for Mac, wrote in a blog post announcing the launch.
“The team rose to that challenge, and my favorite thing about Office 2011 is just how zippy it is. Whether you are using Office 2011 at work, at school or at home – you’ll notice the improved launch speeds and other performance enhancements as you accomplish your tasks.”