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March 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Microsoft expected to announce Office for iPad tomorrow

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is holding his first press event tomorrow during which he’s expected to announce a suite of Office applications for the iPad.

The press conference, which is being held in San Francisco, will also be webcast here starting at 10 a.m. I will be following the webcast and will blog about it here and on Twitter at @janettu.

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January 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Microsoft, GoDaddy partner to create Office 365 packages for small businesses

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Jan. 13, 2014.] Microsoft is partnering with GoDaddy, best known for its domain-name registration services, to provide scaled-down Office 365 packages for very small businesses. The partnership means Office 365 will be offered as GoDaddy’s exclusive email and productivity suite. For GoDaddy, which says it…

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November 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Office gets some new features

Microsoft announced several updates to Office that bring the following features:  Office Web Apps now automatically saves in the Word Web App and allows for real-time co-authoring in the Word, PowerPoint and Excel Web Apps.  Yammer Enterprise is now being included on all Office 365 Enterprise plans, rather than just in the top-end enterprise SKUs. And all…

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September 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Microsoft offers free or discounted Office 365 to nonprofits

Corrected version Microsoft is launching a program allowing nonprofits worldwide to use its Office 365 for free or at discounted rates. The initiative, part of Microsoft’s larger software donation program, is being offered in 41 countries today, with the number going up to about 90 countries by next July. There are several packages being offered as part of…

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July 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Microsoft hit hard by slumping PC market, lukewarm Windows 8 reception, weak Surface RT sales

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 19, 2013.] Microsoft CFO Amy Hood (Photo from Microsoft) Microsoft missed big in the fourth-quarter earnings it reported Thursday — hit especially hard on the sales side by the slumping PC market and on the profit side by a write-down in the inventory…

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June 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Microsoft’s Build day 2 keynote to emphasize cloud, businesses [liveblog]

SAN FRANCISCO — I’m at the Moscone Center for day 2 of Build, Microsoft’s big annual conference for independent, third-party developers. I’ll be liveblogging the keynote, which is scheduled to start a 9 a.m. Today’s keynote is supposed to cover: Windows Azure, cloud for business, rich Office 365 extensibility, enterprise grade SaaS integration, tools. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v5.aspx?Id=133562&ThemeId=7066′…

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June 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Office comes to iPhone — but it requires a subscription

Excel on Office Mobile for iPhone (Photo from Microsoft)

Excel on Office Mobile for iPhone (Photo from Microsoft)

Will they or won’t they? That’s been the question for months now revolving around whether the folks at Microsoft would be releasing an Office app for iOS.

This morning, Microsoft answered that question by releasing a verison of Office for iPhones — one that requires an Office 365 subscription.

Office Mobile for iPhone, as Microsoft is calling it, is free from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.

The app allows users to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Microsoft says the app has been optimized for the small screen with features such as “Slide Navigator” that allows users to go quickly through PowerPoint slides. Users can also review and add comments in Word and Excel documents and store directly to SkyDrive.

Note, though,

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May 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Office 365 Home Premium reaches 1 million subscribers milestone

Microsoft announced today that there are now more than 1 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers, reaching that mark in about 100 days.

In addition, the company says the new Office — which includes Office 365 Home Premium, University and ProPlus, as well as the traditional software versions of Office 2013 — has become the best-selling Office edition, with more than one sold every second. That would add up to about 20 million licenses or subscriptions sold, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman.

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