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Microsoft's new Office 365 search tool is like Minesweeper for Excel spreadsheets

Do you know which Excel spreadsheets could blow up if a local file is changed or deleted? A new Microsoft tool in Office 365 could help.

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Microsoft plans a standalone Office 2016 for end of 2015

Office 365 may be the future of productivity for Microsoft, but many Microsoft customers still love their desktop client. For them, Office will rise again in 2016.

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Zoho nips at Google Inbox's heels with its own email filtering app, Inbox Insights

The smaller, scrappier productivity company showed a similar product called Inbox Insights in August. In the wake of Google Inbox, the company says it will continue developing its competing solution.

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Office 16: Public beta could start soon, with Android and touch versions to follow

The anticipated launch into new platforms may represent the biggest changes for Office, whose rumored new features so far seem pretty incremental.

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Bill Gates: Microsoft is developing a killer meeting-room app

A meeting-room app that configures itself automatically, can recognize participants, and can share documents as well as video feeds? Could be cool if it ever comes out.

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Evernote everywhere? New collaboration tools hope to take over your workday with Work Chat, Context

Evernote, with its new Work Chat messaging app and Context research tool, hopes to turn plain old chat into an enhanced communication medium. Whether these new features will woo workers away from established competition is a very open question.

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Microsoft's new Sway tool blends Office apps into a platform for presenting ideas

Sway can apply the functionality of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote to a new, intuitive kind of document that formats itself automatically and can even pull data from the web.

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Microsoft rolls out Groups feature to Office 365 users, but only on the web

If you've been trying to figure out out how to better work collaboratively with coworkers, Microsoft has a new tool for Office 365: Groups. But right now, it's only for those using Microsoft's Office 365 web apps.

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Microsoft Office for students just got easier with self-serve licenses

Microsoft, eager to head off Google Docs before it indoctrinates impressionable young minds, is implementing easy-peasy registration for students at schools with Office 365 licenses.

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Exclusive: Zoho’s Showtime app battles boring presentations

The online presentation app tells you whether your audience is paying attention, and it also helps your audience engage and provide feedback.

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Report: Microsoft testing Office update with feature-finding 'Tell Me' tool, black theme, and more

Microsoft hasn't made any huge changes to Office since it launched subscriptions for home users in early 2013. That may soon change, one report says.

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Open document formats campaign backed by Europe's digital commissioner

“When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use a particular company’s technology to access government information.”

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Microsoft begins bundling Delve tool into Office 365

Microsoft says that by early 2015, it will add the Delve content relevancy tool, formerly code-named "Oslo," to the Office 365 suite.