Google IO 2015 Coverage

Microsoft opens beta testing for Office for Android on smartphones

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This past January Microsoft released Office for Android on tablet devices that were at least 7-inches in size. Today they announced another step in their effort to make the suite of desktop applications truly cross-platform and cross-device with the launch of beta testing of the app on Android smartphones. Microsoft says the interfaces for Word, Excel and PowerPoint have all been optimized for use on Android phones while preserving formatting and content. Read more

Microsoft Office preview now available for Lollipop users and tablets powered by Intel/x86 chips

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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint became available in Google Play for Android tablets in January, but they weren’t compatible with Android 5.0+ Lollipop, nor any tablet that sported an Intel/x86 chip.

Microsoft announced yesterday via a Yammer post that a preview has been released that take care of both of these issues. These apps are beta, so you have to jump through a couple of very simple hoops in order to try them out.

You must first join the Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Preview community on Google+. Once you do that, you need to become a tester for each app (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that you’re interested in trying. The links are below…..

Now you will have to ability to download the preview apps from Google Play. The below links might not be available to you for at least 10 minutes and as much as 2 hours. Google Play has to replicate the permissions.

Also be sure to provide feedback in the Google+ community. The faster everyone reports bugs, the faster Microsoft can fix them, which means the faster it exits the preview stage and will be available to everyone.

You will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription in order to get the most out of these apps. You can still use them without a subscription, but you will only be able to make core edits for free, assuming your tablet is between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. If you want extra features like the ability to track changes or insert page breaks in Word, you need to go with a subscription. Subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.If your tablet is greater than 10.1-inches, you will need an Office 365 subscription regardless.

 

 

Android tablets just got a little more useful with Microsoft Office, Dropbox integration

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When it comes to productivity, users are always looking for ways to cut out unnecessary steps in their workflows. On mobile devices, one way developers address this need is to integrate apps with each other so the end user is not forced to jump around between different apps. An example of this is the integration between Microsoft Office apps and Dropbox which was rolled out to some mobile devices last fall. A piece that was missing, integration on the Android tablet versions of these apps, has been eliminated with an update that was announced today. Read more

Here’s Google’s plan to take 80 percent of Microsoft Office’s business

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In the beginning, Google’s online office suite wasn’t much to look at. A bare-bones text editor, a basic spreadsheet and presentation editor, and little in terms of features all around, people thought that Google’s online bid to take on Microsoft’s behemoth of an office suite was a bit ludicrous.  However, in the nine years since it debuted, Google has been working hard at adding features like real time collaboration, easier editing, and more tools that bring the online suite closer to Microsoft’s desktop suite. It’s become so robust, that small enterprises have been moving toward the cloud office solution, and as such, Google has even more ambitious plans to take even more business away from Microsoft Office.

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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets now out of preview and available in Google Play

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Microsoft has been previewing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets to beta testers since last November, and today they are officially available in Google Play for all to use.

The preview generated more than 250,000 downloads in 110 countries, and it was tested on over 3,000 device variants. Microsoft says they designed these apps to be just as familiar to users of the desktop versions. Users will find the familiar Office ribbon and there are large touch points.

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Microsoft offering sign up for Office preview on Android tablets

Bringing-Office-to-Everyone-5Microsoft Office on Android isn’t a new thing. Users were able to view documents and have limited functionality in editing them for free. However, more advanced support and cloud functions have been something that required a valid Office 365 subscription. But that appears to be no longer the case as Microsoft is offering its suite of apps and the ability to edit documents for free.

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Microsoft and Dropbox team up to provide seamless integration across services

dropbox_businessMicrosoft and Dropbox have announced a pretty unlikely partnership that will allow Microsoft Office customers to integrate Dropbox into their day-to-day work. You’ll be able to keep your documents and work synced across all of your devices at work and at home, and you can make quick edits on just about any device you have. Read more

Editing Microsoft Office documents in Chrome OS in the works

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Developers on the Chrome OS developer track have a new option that they can begin testing that could be a major new feature for the operating system. After buying QuickOffice last year, it turns out one of the benefits Google is working on is injecting the code for reading and editing Microsoft Word and Excel documents into the Chrome OS. The ability to edit commonly used file formats will help move Chrome OS powered devices into the mainstream and be able to better compete with Windows and Mac OS powered devices by removing a potential barrier.

If you are on the developer track for Chrome OS, point your browser to chrome://flags and look for the option to “Enable document editing.” After enabling that option, restart your Chromebook. Obviously this is still in a testing phase, so bugs are expected.

There is no word on how long before this may make its way into the general release of Chrome OS. With rumors of Google wanting to merge the Android OS and Chrome OS, this capability could end up on your Android device one day.

source: Chromium Code Reviews
image via: +François Beaufort

CloudOn gets updated to version 4.0 and brings even more goodies than ever before

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If you’re a working professional or a student, then you are probably going to be happy at the latest update to CloudOn. The latest update brings the software to version 4.0 and gives even more functionality to one of the few apps available to offer Microsoft Office document editing. In addition to phone-specific support, the latest update includes enhancements to the usual goodies including allowing users to:

 

  • Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.

  • Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.

  • View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.

  • Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.

  • Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.

  • Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.

 

The latest update is available for free, so most of you Android folk out there have no reason to grab it today— especially since the update allows you to you know— be productive and all.

 

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