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Office for iPad gets PivotTables, presenter view and more with new update

Microsoft’s Office for iPad suite received a massive update today, and gained a bunch of capabilities that users have been requesting. The refresh includes a number of suite-wide capabilities, including the ability to export a file to PDF for easier sharing outside of the Office ecosystem. The update also adds support for third-party fonts users can… Read More

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $3 million

SkyKick, a Seattle-based startup that helps IT partners move businesses to Office 365, has raised an additional $3 million in capital to help fuel growth abroad. The 40-person company raised the fresh cash from a group of private equity investors, including Tim Ferriss and Navin Thukkaram. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. It charges… Read More

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Office for Android is coming, but timing of touch-based Windows version still unclear

Microsoft has seeking people to beta test versions of Office for Android, a clear sign that the company is moving towards a full consumer release of its popular software suite on Google’s mobile operating system. The company will be launching open sign-ups for people interested in beta testing the new software, according to a report by The… Read More

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Office for iPad reaches 27M downloads in 6 weeks

Microsoft announced at its TechEd conference today that its Office for iPad apps have been downloaded more than 27 million times since their launch less than six weeks ago. It’s another in a long line of successes for Microsoft Office’s appearance on Apple’s tablet. When Office for iPad launched, the apps quickly shot up the most… Read More

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First impressions: Office for iPad is the real deal

SAN FRANCISCO – Even though it seems like everyone saw it coming, Microsoft rocked the tech world today by announcing Office for iPad, the first iteration of its productivity suite for Apple’s tablets. Based on GeekWire’s initial hands-on time at Microsoft’s event here today, these feel like the Office apps that iPad users have been… Read More

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Microsoft previews ‘Oslo’ smart social dashboard for Office 365

A new Microsoft app, code-named “Oslo,” will give Office 365 business users a personalized, searchable dashboard that uses machine learning to present the most relevant information from their documents, messages, internal social networks and other “trending” information. Microsoft says the idea is to move beyond the syndrome of prioritizing whatever happens to be at the top of the… Read More

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DocuSign partners with Microsoft to integrate e-signature technology into Office apps

DocuSign, the Seattle-based e-signature company currently ranked No. 2 on our GeekWire 200 startup index, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will embed DocuSign’s technology directly within Office apps. DocuSign’s apps, which will be available in the Office Store starting in early March, will enable Office 365 subscribers to submit and sign documents without leaving… Read More

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GoDaddy to offer Microsoft Office 365 under exclusive deal, including new low-cost bundle

GoDaddy has struck an exclusive partnership with Microsoft to sell Office 365 email and productivity tools to the domain registrar’s small-business customers — including a streamlined, lower-cost Office 365 bundle. The partnership was announced this morning. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. It’s part of GoDaddy’s effort to reposition itself as a one-stop shop… Read More

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Microsoft now allows teachers to give students Office 365 for free

If you’re an instructor at a school that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus, today you can officially give your students access to those programs at no additional cost. First announced back in October, Microsoft’s Student Advantage program launches today for more than 35,000 educational institutions worldwide. In a blog post, the Redmond software giant… Read More

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Pivot tables meet Master Chief: Microsoft offers free Xbox Live memberships with Office 365 subscriptions

Microsoft is putting together an unusual package deal for Office 365 subscription buyers, but unfortunately those in the U.S. won’t be able to take advantage. The Redmond software giant is offering 12 months of free Xbox Live memberships for anyone who purchases an Office 365 Home Premium (year-long) or Office 365 University subscription (4-year) before September 28th…. Read More

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Microsoft Office 365 tops 1M Home Premium subscribers

Microsoft changed up its Office product in January by offering the productivity suite as a subscription for home users for the first time — pay a recurring annual fee of $99.99/year rather than a one-time license. So how’s it going? The company just announced that Office 365 Home Premium has surpassed 1 million subscribers in about 100 days…. Read More