Office Web Apps: More Office, more collaborative, more devices

Office Web AppsWhen we launched the Office Web Apps in 2010, they were companions to the Office desktop experience that enabled lightweight, on-the-go content creation and review. Since then we’ve made a number of investments in Office Web Apps to make it easier for people to work together, author documents and access Office content from virtually any device. As we think about how people communicate and collaborate today and how their needs will evolve in the future, we’d like to share our plans for some of the investments we are making in the Office Web Apps over the next year and beyond.

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iPad moves ahead of Android at corporations

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| Jul. 21, 2011 | gigaom.com

The iPad is on a tear in the enterprise, and is now being activated more often than Android smartphones, according to the latest data from Good Technology. The enterprise software maker said the iPad accounted for 27.2 percent of all activations of its software in the second quarter ahead of Android phones at 24.4, the first time Apple’s tablet has pushed past Android phones.

The iPad and the iPad 2 now account for 97 percent of all tablet activations. And iPad figures have helped boost Apple’s overall share of activations to just under 80 percent, compared to just under 70 percent in the first quarter. IPhone activations are up to 66 percent, compared to 62 percent in the previous quarter. Good said iPad adoption was driven by the financial services sectors, which accounted for 46 percent of all adoption, more than triple that of any other industry.

Read more [here].

Lenovo Wows with New Tablets

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July 20, 2011 | by jgaskin | channelprosmb.com

Focusing on business customers and consumers, the PC maker has introduced three models featuring Flash graphics and a Netflix streaming certification. Built-in software on the ThinkPad business model eases deployment and security woes for IT pros.
Drum roll, please: Lenovo, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., has announced a family of tablets for both business customers and consumers. The tablets not only support Flash graphics (something Apple refuses to support for the iPad), but also come with a Netflix streaming certification—the first Android-based tablets to receive this recognition.

Read more about the new IdeaPad K1 and P1 Tablets and the ThinkPad Tablet [here].

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Desktop PCs: Dead as a doornail, or maybe just a fax machine

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Mobile employees are leaving the traditional desktop in the dust
June 27, 2011 | By James E. Gaskin | Network World

The corporate desktop has looked the same for decades: computer, keyboard, mouse, desk phone, maybe a printer. But do these tools dominate because they’re the perfect combination of technology needed for work today, or is the enterprise workplace due for an extreme makeover?

According to industry analysts, hardware vendors, architects and futurists, the odds that major changes will revamp the standard corporate cubicle, technology tools and even buildings, rise every day.

Of course, fundamental changes like this don’t happen at all once. “When you’ve got hardware in place, it’s tough to yank it out,” cautions Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. “Some corporate PBXs are still in use from the 1980s. Faxing was declared dead in 1995, but I have two in my office.”

Read more [here].

What’s New in iOS 4.1

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With iOS 4′s launch only days away, we thought it would be interesting to provide a complete walkthrough of the new operating system. iOS 4.1 will be a free upgrade to all iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch 2G, and iPod touch 3G users. It will also come standard on Apple’s newly announced 4th generation iPod touch.

Read more at http://www.9to5mac.com/24521/complete-ios-4-1-walkthrough.

Apple iOS 4.2 Readies the iPad for Work

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The iPad, which could dominate the tablet market until 2012, has been appearing in boardrooms and cubicles around the country. Previously it could be blamed on a manager showing off a new gadget or ordering one for the office in hopes of figuring out what to do with it later. But with Apple’s 4.2 iOS upgrade available in November, the iPad will soon have wireless printing, the ability to share files and multitask (the final two were available on the iPhone but not the iPad) — basically all things an office device should be able to do.

Read more at http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/bizfeed/204730/apple_ios_42_readies_the_ipad_for_work.html

Twitter Launches iPad App With Focus on Consumption

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Twitter launched the first native app it’s built from scratch Wednesday night: Twitter for iPad. Aimed at fostering content consumption, the app is designed for new users and power users alike.

In an interview at Twitter headquarters Wednesday, Leland Rechis, Twitter’s mobile product manager, said the iPad app indicates the direction all Twitter-designed apps will be heading. Read more at http://gigaom.com/2010/09/01/twitter-highlight-consumption-with-first-native-app.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 video hands-on

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We just got a chance to mess around with ViewSonic’s upcoming ViewPad 7 (one of possibly four tablets they plan to release this year), and while it is indeed a plastic rebadge me-too Android tablet, we mean that in the best sense.

Read more: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/01/viewsonic-viewpad-7-video-hands-on/

iPad Magazines: The Pros & Cons

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When the iPad was launched earlier this year, one of the big talking points was that the iPad might be the savior of magazines. By now many magazines are available on the iPad, either in their own standalone app or in a virtual magazine store. In this post we look at how magazines are using the iPad, what the user experience is like, and what iPad magazines still need to do to improve. [Read more] from http://www.readwriteweb.com

Windows 7 Tablet: 4 Ways to Beat the iPad

Initial reactions to the iPad earlier this year may have been mixed, but Apple’s elegant tablet PC has since caught fire, racking up a devoted following and monster sales.

Between March and June, over 3 million iPads were sold worldwide, and new data from market research firm iSuppli shows that the iPad will dominate the tablet market by almost three to one until 2012.

[read more] via http://www.pcworld.com