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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.

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Project management apps: How three popular picks stack up

Whether you're a visual planner or a more straightforward list-maker, we've got the perfect project management app for you.

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Microsoft, Dropbox form seemingly unholy (yet practical) Office alliance

Why would Microsoft let mobile Office users save and load files easily straight through Dropbox, on both desktop and mobile devices? Because it strengthens both Microsoft's and Dropbox's offerings.

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Three time management apps use data analysis to conquer the clock

These apps do more than mark time. They help you see where your day's going and make better decisions about how you spend it.

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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.