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Microsoft Rolling out New Free ‘Office’ App on Windows 10

"The app works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016 and Office Online - the free web-based version of Office for consumers,"

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Replacing the currently existing “MyOffice” app on Windows 10, Microsoft is rolling out a new free pre-installed “Office” app for users without an Office 365 subscription requirement.

“MyOffice” app allows users to access and use their Office 365 — Microsoft’s subscription services with programmes including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote — from one spot.

The new “Office” app would facilitate quick access to common Office apps and services, finding a full list of apps and services available along with tutorials and getting documents from any application in one place, the software giant wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

Keeping organisations in mind, Microsoft has added several capabilities that would be useful for IT administrators.

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“With ‘Office’, people would be able to customize their user experience with branding from the organisation, access third party apps, activate Microsoft Search to find documents and people across the organisation in addition to their own apps and documents in one click,” the post said.

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The new app would become available to Windows 10 users on a rolling basis over the next few weeks and would be installed automatically as an update to the “MyOffice” app.

“The app works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016 and Office Online – the free web-based version of Office for consumers,” the post added. (IANS)

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Microsoft Launches Smart Phonetic Keyboards for 10 Indian Languages

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update

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In a bid to further allow users personalise their Windows 10 experience, software giant Microsoft on Monday launched smart phonetic keyboards for 10 Indian languages as part of its May 2019 update.

The updated phonetic keyboards have been made available in languages including Hindi, Bangla, Tamil and Marathi amongst others, the company said in a statement.

The keyboards would allow users to work in their preferred languages without having to purchase customised Indic hardware keyboards or stickers.

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The technology would let users input transliterated text using the existing keyboards and then convert text from one script to another, depending on the target language.

The new tools would not only help in making computing inclusive, but they are also expected to improve typing speed and accuracy in Indian languages by at least 20 per cent along with making it easier to make regional symbols like the Indian numerals easier to input, the company said.

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With this, the software giant moves forward in its aim to integrate virtual keyboards as part of its Windows operating system.

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update. (IANS)