It’s just too late: Microsoft reveals Office for iPad

Does anyone else think that this simply took way too long?  The iPhone version of Microsoft’s Office suite launched last June, and many hoped that the company was working on an iPad version. Well, they were, and it’s finally here. (more…)

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Microsoft OneNote now available for the Mac

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Microsoft has released OneNote, its note-taking app, for the Mac. The program is available for free on the Mac App Store. Ironically, or perhaps not, Apple has even listed the app as its Editor’s Choice pick of the week, giving Microsoft’s product prime placement on the Mac App Store.

If you take notes and tend to work in the Microsoft ecosystem, grab it.

[Mac App Store]

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Microsoft could unveil Office for iPad on March 27th

Office-Word-iPadFollowing decades of leadership under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is now headed by a new CEO named Satya Nadella. Despite being on the job for a short amount of time, Nadella is preparing for his first live interview at a so-called special event. And he could enter the scene with a bang…  (more…)

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Thread spotlight: Windows 8 tablet debate

Thread spotlight: Windows 8 tablet debate

windows phone logoiFans forum member Spectre057 writes:

I currently have a Dell Latitude 10 which is nice but seeing as I  got my tax return I’m thinking of an upgrade up to 600$. I’ve debated the Venue 11 (or 10 i forgot) Pro or surface pro 1 so far. I’m looking for decent gaming performance in legacy apps. Also 4 GM RAM and NOT RT editions of Windows.

I have always dual booted Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro with Retina display, although I’m curious what users of the iFans community use. Let us know in the comments section down under.

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OneNote for Mac coming later this month

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The Verge is reporting that OneNote — a longtime Windows-only part of the Office suite focused on taking notes — will make its way to the Mac later this month. Additionally, the app is supposedly going to be released for the low, low price of free.

OneNote is one of the best parts of the Office suite on Windows, as anyone who uses it to take notes would support. The largest competitor it faces is EverNote, which has been available on the Mac since it was released.

[The Verge]

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Microsoft to release new version of Office for Mac this year, its first since 2011

Microsoft_office_Mac-e1345030939695Microsoft will be releasing a new version of Office for Mac this year, according to German Office head Thorsten Hübschen. Shortly after, a company spokeswoman confirmed the news in a statement obtained by Macworld, claiming that current Office 365 subscribers will be eligible to receive the new version of Office for Mac for free…  (more…)

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Total Apple device sales to match that of Windows PCs this year

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The traditional desktop PC has obviously been on the decline as of late, especially that of the Windows variety (check out this piece outlining why Windows 8 actually gave customers a reason not to buy a PC). Asymco’s Horace Dediu in a recently released analysis suggests that the total number of Apple devices sold (including Mac,  iPhone, iPad, and iPod) should surpass that of Windows PCs by the end of the year. (more…)

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Apple, Google, others call for online surveillance reform

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Apple and Google, along with various other technology companies, have launched a campaign calling for internet surveillance reform. These companies have co-authored a letter to the United States government (and specifically the intelligence agencies and their oversight committees), which is available for all to read.

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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 iOS apps now available

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The next-generation of gaming is here at long last, and with it comes a deluge of new features and capabilities. Among those capabilities is the ability to interact with the console and its respective networks via a smartphone or tablet.

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 companion apps are comparable feature-wise. Neither app is particularly appealing in terms of design, as each tries to stay in line with the visual language of their respective console. It’s makes for a somewhat disappointing iOS app in some ways.

Ultimately, these second-screen and companion apps are a necessity for anyone with a next-generation console — after all, both are free, and only enhance your gaming experience.

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Microsoft Office for iPad will come when the touchscreen Windows version is ready

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In comments made at an event in Florida today, Microsoft CEO (for now, anyway) Steve Ballmer stated that the iPad version of Microsoft’s Office suite would be released after a touchscreen-optimized version makes its way to Windows:

Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida today, Ballmer said “iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch first user interface.” That touch first interface appears to be making its way to the Windows version of Office first, with the iPad edition to follow afterwards. Ballmer noted the touch first interface is “in progress.” [...]

Microsoft’s head of applications and services, Qi Lu, also commented on touch versions of Office at an analyst meeting recently. Lu said the company is “working on touch-first versions for our core apps in the Office suite,” and that Microsoft will “bring these apps to Windows devices, and also to other devices in ways that meet out customers’ needs.”

Unsurprising news, though rumors of Office on the iPad date back to the release of the first model. It’s a shame that we will have to wait so long.

[The Verge]

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