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This is not spam: How to create bulk emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013

With a little help from Microsoft Word, Outlook makes it easy to create and send mass personalized emails.

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Microsoft's Insights for Office adds context as you write

Microsoft's Insights for Office treats your Word document as a live Web page, allowing you to search for more information on words and phrases you highlight.

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Microsoft Work and Play Bundle pricing approaches Crazy Eddie levels of cheap

Microsoft's Work and Play Bundle, which includes Office 365, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Live Music, and Skype, is cheaper than an Office 365 and Xbox Live Gold subscription together.

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Microsoft's Sway finds the picture for your words by pulling Creative Commons images via Bing

Sway will be able to import images from Bing complete with attribution, and it can even pre-populate images based on what you're writing.

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Microsoft Office kills Clip Art, replaces it with Bing

You'd better enjoy Microsoft's cheesy, royalty-free image catalog while you can, as it'll soon give way to the vast spoils of the Internet.

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Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for

A small update to Office's Android app adds Dropbox integration and share links for documents.

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Hands on with Office for Android Preview: The productivity magic's still there

Office for Android Preview looks a lot like the earlier Office for iPad, and that's a very good thing. After testing it for a few hours, we recommend you download it as soon as it's publicly available.

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Office 365 business users will get Microsoft Clutter, a filter for less important emails

The new Clutter tool checks for emails that aren't spam but also aren't that important to you, learning what you care about and filtering accordingly. But like a spam folder, you'll want to check it occasionally for things you actually wanted.

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Here comes the new Office: Microsoft melds applications to present data in flexible, shareable ways

On Monday, Microsoft reiterated its push toward enabling productivity for personal and business life alike. But the real news is a new crop of apps that mash up different elements of Microsoft's existing products.

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Microsoft offers Office 365 refunds to iPad users after launching free version

If you recently forked over $70 or more to edit Office documents on an iPad, you can now switch to the free version and get a partial refund.

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Hands on with Microsoft Sway, the web-savvy, shareable content creator of the future

Even in preview form, Sway is intriguing. Rough around the edges, it still shows off Microsoft's new emphasis on simplicity in creating shareable, rich documents.

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Office goes free on phones and tablets: What you get, and what you don't

The free version of Office for iOS and Android should be good enough for a lot of people, but power users may still need an Office 365 subscription. Here's what lies behind the paywall.

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Office for Android tablets preview kicks off, no Office 365 subscription required

Larger Android devices are no longer left out of Microsoft's Office party, but Nexus devices need not apply.