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Microsoft deal offers free Xbox LIVE Gold sub for Office 365, with numerous caveats

A new Microsoft deal offers a free year's subscription to Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Gold service. Read the fine print on this one.

Microsoft fills Office Mobile hole with iOS Outlook app

Microsoft has launched a version of its Outlook Web App for the Apple iPad and iPhone that is actually a native app, complementing the app suite it released last month as Office Mobile.

Microsoft adds business intelligence tools to Office 365

Microsoft is adding a set of BI (business intelligence) tools to its hosted Office 365 service, including some capabilities not yet offered in stand-alone Microsoft software products.

Google's future Office killer now available in Chrome OS dev channel

Google paves the way for QuickOffice by including Office document-editing capabilities into its developer channel for Chrome and Chrome OS. It's not earthshattering, but better things could be in store.

Microsoft demos alpha build of touch-friendly Metro Office apps

While Microsoft was busy showing off Windows 8.1 to a crowd of journalists at an invite-only event Tuesday, it snuck in an all-too-brief preview of modern-style Office apps.

Microsoft adding collaboration, more Office to Office Web Apps

Microsoft said Thursday that it plans to bring collaborative features to Office Web Apps, a feature that Google Apps has banked on for some time.

Office Mobile for iPhone: What you need to know

Microsoft has come out with a mobile version of its Office productivity suite for iPhone users. We answer your questions about this new mobile app, including what it can and can't do.

Office for iPhone is a belated, ambivalent move, analysts say

Microsoft's release of an Office suite for the iPhone is too little, too late and yet another timid move aimed at protecting Windows 8 sales at the expense of customer demand for a product like this one for iPads, according to analysts.

Microsoft Office for iPhone is finally here, and it changes everything

Microsoft finally releases an Office version for iOS, making the iPhone even more viable as a productivity device.

Apple sees chance to compete with Office on the Web

Apple announced Monday it was working on browser-based versions of its iWork productivity applications, a move one analyst said challenged Microsoft's Office behemoth.