Lenovo has just revealed this week that it has inked a deal with software giant Microsoft, paving the way for future mobile devices from the Chinese tech giant to come preinstalled with Microsoft’s three productivity apps, namely Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other programs), OneDrive (cloud based storage), and Skype (video chat messaging and voice calls).
Interested in purchasing Apple’s latest tablet offering, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro? For those who do, they might be delighted to know that they now have the option of getting a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite while they are at it. Indeed, during the ordering process, interested buyers are free to add any one of the three editions of the Microsoft suite -- either the Personal edition that costs $70 a year, the Home edition which goes for $100 a year, or the University edition which fetches $80 for four years.
Microsoft recently announced the launch of Office for Android handsets. More than a month ago, the company had released the suite of Office apps as a preview, but now it is finally and officially releasing the package, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all optimized for use on smartphones that run on the Android mobile operating system. This latest release is a nice follow-up to Microsoft's recent efforts to get Office apps working Android-run tablets,as well as bring support for Office on devices using the iOS, OS X, and Windows platforms.
Microsoft recently released a preview build for phones of Windows 10 Mobile (the Windows 10 OS version geared for mobile users) to Windows Insider testers. This latest build is called 1080 and functions on more Windows-run mobile devices, including the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 930, the Lumia 640/640XL phones, and even the HTC One (M8) for Windows smartphone. Previously, these devices were not able to run earlier preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile due to screen scaling concerns.
Amid the announcement of flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9, Microsoft casually introduces two new Lumia devices: the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The bonus is that these two handsets come with free Office 365 pre-installed.
We are now deep into the Mobile Age where almost everything can be done with the use of our smartphones, tablets, and even wearable devices (smartwatches). But surprisingly, Microsoft has been slow to catch up, particularly in making its Microsoft Office suite more accessible to users of mobile device users. Well, not anymore. The company announced on Thursday that it is making a series of changes to the Microsoft Office suite to make it more useful for the mobile crowd. Now, we will be able to make full use of Microsoft Office staples like Word, Excel, and even PowerPoint on our handheld devices for free. Yup, you read that right. Users, especially those who own Apple's iPhones and iPads, or devices that run on the Android mobile operating system will be able to create and edit Office documents and files entirely free of charge.
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