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Microsoft OneDrive Throws Down On Storage

Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft has today made some significant improvements to the pricing of services offered by its OneDrive cloud service, by giving users who subscribe to Office 365 1TB of storage, dependent upon subscription plan. For users who have a personal subscription, the 1TB of storage comes alongside the subscription to Office applications, and for those with household subscriptions, there is 1TB of storage available for each user.

The increase represents a significant boost to the 20GB of storage that was initially offered. While also offering the paid subscription, Microsoft also offers 15GB free of charge for those who simply want to use the OneDrive service. A storage upgrade can be obtained for $1.99 for 100GB, and $3.99 for 200GB.
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Microsoft Office For iPad…A Bad Pricing Strategy?

Office for iPad
Microsoft yesterday launched the long-awaited Microsoft Office for iPad, bringing Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel to Apple’s tablet device for free of charge. There was, however, one major catch with this approach in that users could only view documents with the apps, and would have to subscribe to Office 365 for the sum of $9.99 per month in order to be able to create and edit documents.

While this amount also includes a substantial number of other features such as access to Office 365 online apps, as well as Skype calling minutes and OneDrive storage, it also represents a major barrier to what Microsoft is trying to achieve. Microsoft itself is treating this subscription amount as a monthly charge to enable users to work on any device, anywhere. The only problem is, and it seems strange to point it out, is that they are trying to get Apple users to switch to a paid service when Apple already offers the same thing free of charge.
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Microsoft Office For iPad Launches Today

Microsoft Office for iPad
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has today announced via a press conference that Microsoft Office for iPad will launch today at 11am PST. The new productivity suite will be made available as three separate apps on the iPad, which will all be free of charge. However, initially the apps will only allow viewing of documents, and users will actually require an Office 365 subscription in order to create and edit documents.
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Microsoft Office For iPad And iPhone Is Ready For Release

Microsoft Office iPad
Microsoft Office for iOS devices is apparently ready to be released to the public, according to a new report (Reuters). Microsoft has apparently been working so hard on the software that it is ready for a full release as soon as new Microsoft Chief Executive, Satya Nadella, has decided when it will be released. According to the report, Microsoft is losing a substantial amount of income, around $2.5 billion per year, the longer that it delays release of an iPad version.

Given that Office for the iPad will be targeted towards both business and personal users, there will likely be the strongest possible focus on cloud storage, probably via Microsoft OneDrive, and team collaboration, taking influences from Google Docs.
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Microsoft Office 2014 For Mac Is Incoming

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Microsoft is apparently preparing to launch the next version of Office for Mac at some point in 2014, according to new information that has been directly sourced from Microsoft. According to Computerwoche (via MacWorld), Microsoft Business Group Lead Thorsten Hübschen has suggested that there will be some news on the software revealed in the second quarter of this year, and that Microsoft is extremely far into development of the new product.

Additionally, and in contrast to the typical Apple response to unreleased product queries, a Microsoft representative confirmed that they are hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac and that Office 365 subscribers will be able to upgrade to the newest version at no extra cost. The representative did not have any information on the timing of the release of the software however.
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Microsoft’s New Office Online

Office Online
If you are looking to use Microsoft Office on the Mac but don’t want to shell out a significant amount of money for Office 2011, then you might want to take a look at the newly rebranded Microsoft Office Online. Office Online, which can be found at Office.com has been rebranded and is available to use free of charge for Windows and Mac users. All you have to do is sign up for a Microsoft account, which can also be used for the recently launched OneDrive service, and sign in to Office Online. There, you’ll find a fully working version of Office apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. There’s also OneNote and Outlook.
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Rumor: Microsoft Office 2014 For Mac To Arrive In April 2014

Microsoft Office iPad
A new report is suggesting that Microsoft is targeting April 2014 for a launch of the next generation of Office products for Mac. The new software, tentatively called Office 2014 is on the Microsoft roadmap for next year, according to a source for ZDNet who say that the ‘Gemini 1.5′ update will hit in April of 2014 and that the iOS version of Office could arrive in October 2014, including the long rumored iPad version of Office.
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Microsoft Offers Advice For Dealing With iOS 6.1 Exchange Issues

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Microsoft has today published a support document which deals with some of the issues that both users and corporate administrators have dealt with in terms of the interactions between iOS 6.1 and Exchange platforms. The support documents notes that ‘Apple and Microsoft are investigating this issue’ and will post more information as soon as it becomes available. Microsoft does recommend that Enterprise users open an Enterprise Support case with Apple ‘to report and diagnose the behavior in iOS 6.1′.

The release of the document follows on from recent reports that some large organizations have experienced following the discovery of a bug in ActiveSync interactions on iOS 6.1. The Microsoft support document offers several workarounds for the issues that may be experienced in some Exchange platforms. These include removing and recreating the device partnership and asking users not to process Calendar items on the device. This is essentially the same information that was offered to users yesterday.
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Opinion: Incredibly Weird Pricing On The Microsoft Office App For iOS

So, a rumor floated around earlier today suggesting that Microsoft would be releasing MS Office for iOS devices early in 2013. The Office app (or apps) would apparently be free of charge and would enable the user to view Microsoft Office documents. Anyone wishing to edit an MS Office document would be required to place an in-app purchase for a membership to Office 365, which is currently priced at around $6 per month per user.

Let’s put aside the fact that this part of the rumor could be wildly inaccurate and assume for one minute that it is correct. If Microsoft doesn’t make a significant change to their pricing policy, and the ability to edit documents would require a $6 per month fee, how would that affect iOS users. Well, if you have Pages installed on your iPhone or iPad (for a one off fee of $9.99), you can view and edit Word documents to a fairly sizeable extent already. Same with Numbers. Same with Keynote.
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Rumor: Microsoft Office Arriving On iOS Devices Early 2013

A new report, accompanied by screenshots, is suggesting that Microsoft will finally be releasing an Office suite of apps on iOS devices early next year. The report from The Verge says that Microsoft has been working on Office for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and that the new app will be launched completely free of charge, allowing users to read Microsoft Office documents on their iOS devices. That means that any file that was created on a Mac or PC using either Powerpoint, Word or Excel will now be viewable using the Office apps on an iOS device. Editing those documents is actually a different story.

Microsoft will enable editing of Office files as long as users purchase a subscription for Office 365, which can be done via an in-app purchase mechanism (we’re assuming that Apple will take a 30% cut for those in-app purchases). This will apparently allow basic editing but there will be no advance document creation tools, even for iPad users. The screenshot above gives an idea of what the apps will look like.
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