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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

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $1.1 million

SkyKick, a Seattle startup designed to help businesses easily move to Office 365, confirmed with GeekWire that it has raised $1.1 million. The company will continue investing in research and development, build out its cloud technology platform and serve its small business customer base. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. The company… Read More

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$100 a year for Office: Microsoft unveils subscription rates

Microsoft has been gradually releasing information regarding Windows 8, and all of the applications therein, since the start of 2012. One of the details we’ve been missing is the  pricing for Office 365, the suite that houses popular applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (among others). Today, the Redmond-based company officially unveiled the new pricing scheme for… Read More

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First look: Microsoft remakes Office for tablets and the cloud

Microsoft is giving its first public glimpse of the next version of Office today, showing off an overhauled interface and new features intended to make Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and other traditional programs work on touch-screen tablets as well as computers with keyboards and mice. But some of the biggest changes are in the way… Read More

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Office 365 users on Android reporting mystery email glitch

[Post updated below with Microsoft statement and fix.] People using Android devices with Microsoft’s Office 365 online service have been lighting up the Office 365 support forums this week with reports of a glitch that’s preventing some users from receiving emails via Microsoft’s ActiveSync on certain Android versions. For all of them, the problems began… Read More

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Cloud battle in Berkeley: Here’s why Cal chose Google Apps over Microsoft Office 365

Organizations everywhere are debating the best way to migrate systems to the cloud. And one of the biggest decisions that they face is the best cloud provider for their needs. The University of California-Berkeley just went through an exhaustive process to choose a new cloud-based email and calendar provider, weighing options from both Google Apps… Read More