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'iPad Pro' iffy, Microsoft Office on iPad 'alive' in 2014: Reports

A pair of reports speak to coming iPad attractions. One addresses the prospects for the so-called iPad Pro, the other, Microsoft Office running on Apple's tablet.

A larger iPad in 2014? Don't bet the farm on it is the crux of a report, via AppleInsider, from Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

While Kuo expects development of the iPad Pro to be important for Apple's future, the device -- rumored to be 12.9 inches -- will require a modified operating system. The upshot: that may not be doable by the end of 2014, Kuo claimed.

And … Read more

Google's Woodside said to be hired as Dropbox's new COO

Motorola Mobility's chief executive officer is said to be leaving the company to become Dropbox's chief operating officer, according to The Wall Street Journal. This news comes on the heels of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $2.9 billion.

Dropbox is a popular online storage company launched in 2007 but to date has not yet had a COO. If Woodside becomes the company's COO, he'll be in charge of working to grow the service worldwide, along with hawking Dropbox's business software in an increasingly more competitive environment, according to the Journal.

Woodside has … Read more

Multifactor authentication extended to all Office 365 users

Microsoft has extended multifactor authentication to all subscribers of its Office 365 suite and plans further expansion of the security feature to other Office desktop applications later this year.

Also known as two-factor authentication, the log-in verification feature is aimed at reducing users' vulnerability to online identity theft, phishing, and other scams by adding a second level of authentication to an account log-in. Twitter, Apple, PayPal, Google, Facebook, and other vendors already have implemented two-factor authentication.

After correctly inputting their username and password, Office 365 subscribers will be required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification … Read more

Samsung's Galaxy NotePro 12.2, Galaxy TabPro 10.1 and 8.4 go on sale February 13

Samsung's newest Galaxy tablets go on sale this month, and they're packing hefty price tags. The company has announced pricing and availability for the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 and Galaxy TabPro 12.2, 10.1, and 8.4 models, four new tablets it unveiled at CES that are aimed at business users.

The Galaxy NotePro 12.2 will cost you $750 for the 32GB model and $850 for the 64GB option. Samsung's Galaxy TabPro 12.2-inch model comes with 32GB of storage and will set you back $650. The TabPro 10.1 costs $500 for 16GB, while … Read more

UK government may draw down reliance on Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office might soon lose its position as the go-to platform for the UK government.

Speaking at an event on Wednesday centered on online services, the UK's Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said that the 200 million British pounds the government spent on Office since 2010 could be cut substantially if it moves to the open document format employed by services like Google Docs.

"I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of … Read more

Office Web Apps can now run commands for you

Microsoft has added a type of "your wish is my command" feature to its Office Web Apps.

Described in a Microsoft blog post Wednesday, the online version of Office now sports a "tell me what you want to do" field in the top toolbar. Want to run a certain command but don't know how or where to find it? Simply type the action in the field, and Office displays a list of possible commands.

For example, type the phrase "double space" in the field. Office responds with a line spacing menu from which … Read more

Get e-mail manager eM Client 6 (Win) for free

As regular readers know, I'm a big fan of ditching Microsoft's pricey Office suite in favor of cheap -- or, better, free -- alternatives. My top pick at the moment remains Kingsoft Office 2013.

Of course, when you switch to Kingsoft, OpenOffice, or another suite, you're giving up one of Microsoft Office's most valuable assets: Outlook. Without it, how are you supposed to manage your contacts, calendars, and, most importantly, e-mail? (Snark answer: In the cloud, of course.)

Alas, freebie mail clients are few and far between. Perennials Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail have their merits, … Read more

Review: Create and view Office documents and presentations on the go with Quickoffice

Quickoffice gives you full control over your Office documents in a package that fits right in with the layout on most Android gadgets. It looks and feels like the Office reader Android has been sorely missing for years. You'd be hard pressed to find a more intuitive, sleek Office app for your phone or tablet without handing over some cash.

Quickoffice lets you view any Office documents -- whether they be spreadsheets, text, or even PowerPoint documents -- on your phone or tablet. Not only does it accept documents from your SD card, it also automatically syncs to your … Read more

Microsoft, GoDaddy offer Office 365 plans for small businesses

Microsoft and GoDaddy are extending their partnership announced in the fall of 2013, the pair announced Monday.

GoDaddy will be offering its small-business customers a choice of three Office 365 plans that will be connected to their domain names.

The Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy plans include:

Email Essentials, starting at $4 per user per month for 5GB of email storage and 2GB SkyDrive Pro storage Business Essentials, starting at $9 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, 25GB of SkyDrive Pro storage Productivity Plus, starting at $12.49 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, … Read more

Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete.

In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of Gmail on your Android device. As Google has been doing recently, it's a staged roll out, so it might take some … Read more