Microsoft Office may be the de facto productivity tool for millions of workers worldwide, but it's no monolith. Rather than a single, towering smooth-black Office, there's a whole Stonehenge of options: Office on the iPhone, on iPad, Office on Android smartphones, Office on personal computers, Windows and macOS, Office with a handful of applications, Office with fist-fulls of apps.But when you get down to it, there are really only two kinds of Office. One, labeled Office 2019, is the stand-alone suite that traces its roots back to the last century. The other, Office 365, is the subscription service that debuted in 2011.How they differ can be confusing, especially since each includes, more or less, the same applications. Here are three ways to tell these tools apart, and a look at what's coming, based on Microsoft's new support policies for both Office 2019 and Office 365.How Office is paid forOf the differences between Office 2019 and Office 365, purchase plans are among the most … [Read more...] about What are the differences between Microsoft Office 2019 and Office 365?
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caption Microsoft’s “Twin Challenge” ads pit Office 365 against Office 2019. source Screenshot/Microsoft Microsoft is running a new series of ads, called “The Twin Challenge,” which pits the Office 365 subscription productivity suite against the more traditional Office 2019. The idea is to show that while the names are the same, Office 365 gets updated more often and offers more features than Office 2019. It furthers the idea that Microsoft’s main competition with Office 365 isn’t Google’s G Suite, but rather, older versions of its Office software. Still, it’s bizarre to see Microsoft trash its own products like this. It’s no secret that Microsoft really, really (really) likes Office 365, the subscription-based version of its flagship productivity suite – not least because it makes a boatload of cash for the company. But now, Microsoft has chosen an unusual … [Read more...] about Microsoft is running bizarre commercials that seem to trash its own Microsoft Office 2019 suite
The other day I came across an author on Twitter looking for a software package that had the writing and editing features of Microsoft Word with the collaborative editing of Google Docs so they could work on chapters of a book with their colleagues without emailing a Word document around and repeatedly merging changes. With the ghostly sobbing of every Office product and marketing person for the last five years ringing in my ears, I suggested that what they were actually looking for was Microsoft Word, with the document saved into OneDrive.Then there was the announcement about the latest frontline worker features in Teams; when it arrived, I spent a moment wondering if I should make a new section in OneNote for Teams information or if I should keep putting it into my Office section. As usual, I clipped it into the Office section, because new apps like Teams are what make Office what it is now: an evolving mix of applications that are continually adding new features and the cloud … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too
Microsoft has pulled its first updates of the year for Office 2010 after reports, mostly from Japan, that they have been breaking Excel. The updates arrived on January 2 with changes in the Japanese calendar, most likely to reflect the changes coming with the end of Japanese Emperor Tenno Akihito's reign. He is planning to abdicate on April 30, 2019, marking the end of the Heisei era and ushering in an as yet unnamed new calendar era. As reported by Borncity, Microsoft pulled the January 2019 Office 2010 updates on January 5. All updates for Excel 2010 and Office 2010 included "changes to Japanese calendar". Japanese language blogs have reported that after installing the non-security updates, users were seeing messages that 'Excel cannot be opened' and that the spreadsheet app was sometimes freezing. Excel also couldn't handle new entries in cells. Users reported that uninstalling the updates resolved the issue. Microsoft's support note for the Excel 2010 … [Read more...] about Microsoft pulls buggy Office 2010 January updates
Microsoft Office once had an unquestioned stranglehold on the world of productivity suites and programs. However, the forced subscription for the latest version and high-price of the 2016 alternative have given rise to a retinue of options that fall outside Microsoft’s banner. The best alternatives to Microsoft Office allow users the freedom to create and edit — many are even compatible with files made in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft’s programs. If you’re loyal to Microsoft’s product, it’s worth trying out the Office web-based applications, which emulate a lot of the primary features of Office right in your browser for free. Outside of that, there are capable alternatives available for both Windows and MacOS, whether you’re looking for a quick means to spell check the copy on your resume or string together complex formulas prior to an important business presentation. Below are a few of our favorites. At a glance … [Read more...] about The best alternatives to Microsoft Office