I think you’ll agree with me when I say that Microsoft has changed a lot for the past few months. I am referring mainly to the period after Windows 8.1 was released. It’s obvious that this is a company which tries to reinvent itself in order to stay fresh, modern and innovative in the eyes of its customers. And a novel and healthy approach of the company is its care for users coming from other companies or ecosystems.
Free Microsoft Office apps go free for Android tablets
If it wasn’t so surprising when Microsoft made Windows free for device with a screen smaller than 9-inch, the shock was when the company decided to ‘let go’ of its iconic Microsoft Office suite of apps and made them available for free on the iPhone and iPad and in preview form for Android tablets.
The company is now making officially available as a free download Microsoft Word for Tablet, Microsoft Excel for Tablet and Microsoft PowerPoint for Tablet. After you have downloaded the free apps from the Google Play store, you just need to log in with your Microsoft Account to create files, edit and print them. The current system requirements for Office on Android tablet are limited to devices of screen sizes 7 inches or larger with an ARM based processor and 1 GB RAM or above.
Revamped Outlook app goes free for iPhone and iPad
Microsoft also launched a new app for its Outlook email service on iOS, based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million. The app features the “email triage” option found in the old app but also new features such as the ability to toggle threaded conversation views.
The new Outlook app for iPhone and iPad users will come with support for mail from third-party services beyond Microsoft’s, such as iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo. Even more, users will be able to embed attachments from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox. The new app is expected to replace the existing OWA app for iPhone, since we’re speaking about an entirely new app. The app has been released for Android users, but it is currently in preview form.
The new Outlook app separates the mail into two tabs—Focused and Other; thus important emails will appear in your Focused inbox while the rest will be moved out of the way, but still accessible. The app also comes with customizable swipe gestures, letting you quickly archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread or schedule.