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Category: Office
February 17, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Microsoft, Apple, broaden access to their productivity apps

Cooperation is the word of the day in office applications.

Apple recently opened up its iWork word processing and spreadsheet applications to consumers who don’t own an iPhone or Mac. On Tuesday, Microsoft continued its own effort to broaden the reach of Office, announcing that users of the productivity suite on Apple devices will be able to store their documents with a variety of cloud storage providers.

“We want Office to be the preferred way to work with documents no matter where they’re stored,” Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post.

Koenigsbauer also announced a program allowing users of cloud services like Citrix, Salesforce.com and Box to edit and save Office files stored on those platforms.

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February 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Microsoft debuts preview of Windows 10 Office apps

For Microsoft, Windows 10 isn’t just another release of a piece of software to run your desktop PC. It’s a bid to claim a greater share of the smartphone and tablet markets.

As part of that effort, Microsoft is hoping that it can make it easier for developers to write applications that run on Windows 10 across device types.

Today, the company is showing off what’s possible with its “universal” apps, releasing preview versions of Office designed to work well regardless of whether the user is on a tablet, smartphone or PC. Those who have downloaded early versions of Windows 10 can now grab preview versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel to test.

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November 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Microsoft offers Office free for Apple, Android mobile devices

Microsoft says it will offer its Office franchise free to some mobile customers, its latest effort to keep customers using its products in a less PC-dependent world.

Microsoft broke with longstanding tradition in March, announcing it would make the Office suite of word processing and productivity software available for the first time on Apple’s iPad.

Starting Thursday, users of iPhones, iPads can create and edit Office documents without a subscription to Microsoft’s paid Office 365 service, the company said. Similar service for Google’s Android tablets is in the works.

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July 13, 2009 at 6:13 AM

Microsoft will offer Office docs online for free

As Google does with Google Docs, Microsoft will make free Web versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote available next year. Stephen Elop, the president of Microsoft’s Business division, is dropping that and some other details about Office 2010 in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partners Conference in New Orleans this morning. Office 2010, the next…

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May 1, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie talks about cloud computing and heralds this a golden age

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Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, sat down for a question and answer session at the Technology Alliance lunch today at the Westin in downtown Seattle.

Ed Lazowska, a computer science professor at the University of Washington, asked questions and took a few from the audience. Ozzie talked about the cloud, netbooks and took a stroll down memory lane to describe the first Internet-ish system he used in 1974.

(Photo credit: Microsoft, 2008)

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April 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Microsoft Office shipping in first half of 2010

Microsoft plans to ship Office in the first half of 2010. The company announced the shipment today as part of the launch of an Exchange beta. Office, and Office spinoffs like Sharepoint Server, Visio, Project, will enter a technical preview in the third quarter of this year and ship next year. We can expect the products…

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April 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Ad campaign in works for Microsoft search; Office on iPhone?; Inside Google’s data centers

Advertising Age reports that JWT, which has been getting more business from Microsoft of late, has landed an $80 million to $100 million advertising campaign for the company’s Internet search service, which is expected to undergo a major rebranding later this year. The story says the campaign is expected to begin in June. Microsoft’s search team had some April Fool’s fun Wednesday, poking at its branding troubles with a post announcing the debut of “MSN Windows Live Search on kumo@microsoft.com.”

Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division, indicated an Office application that would let Apple iPhone users edit documents could be in the works. Asked at the Web 2.0 Expo today about a mobile edition of Office for the iPhone, Elop said, “Not yet — keep watching,” according to this eWeek story.

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February 24, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Microsoft Strategic Update: Ballmer tells Wall Street more dramatic cost cutting would be ‘imprudent’

With Microsoft’s Redmond campus largely emptied out for the winter holidays, CEO Steve Ballmer crunched the numbers on the proper level of spending for his company against the current economic climate, which he has repeatedly referred to as a “reset” rather than just a recession. Ballmer said his own estimates for the weakness and duration of the downturn tend to be more severe than those of other business leaders he meets.

With that in mind, he settled on $27.5 billion of operating expenses — a level the company aims to hold relatively steady through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and during its 2010 fiscal year. Ballmer made clear to financial analysts meeting in New York this morning for the company’s annual strategic update that cutting back even more significantly — say to $20 billion — would be “imprudent.”

“I think this is right,” Ballmer said.

That should give some comfort to those wondering if the modest layoffs Microsoft announced last month were the beginning of a more significant reduction. Wall Street analysts and investors are pressuring companies in every industry to continue cutting costs as sales and profits slow dramatically.

The strategic update call just came to an end. Ballmer gave a detailed look at seven major business areas for the company. Check back here later this morning for more details.

Update, 7:50 a.m.: As he told Congressional Democrats earlier this month, Ballmer said Microsoft’s corporate strategists have been evaluating past downturns — particularly those driven by “deleveraging.” The team read company annual reports from 1927 to 1938 to determine who did a good job managing through the Great Depression. “RCA, God rest them in peace, became our role model,” Ballmer said. The company was able to dominate the television business because it continued to invest during bad times, he said.

Then he broke down how Microsoft plans to invest.

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