Many of you may know this by now, but I wanted to share this pretty big announcement Microsoft made recently.  They have updated their Office Mobile App and split it in to three separate Apps called Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  While I know this is not anything too exciting in itself, the more important part is they are offering these Apps for FREE on iPads, iPhones and Android Phones.  You can download all of the Apps from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  Currently, the Android Tablet version is in Beta testing.  I am part of this Beta, so I will be able to let you know as soon as it is officially released to the public.

To get started, you will need to set up a Microsoft Account by either going to http://www.office.com, or you can download the Apps and upon opening one, you will be prompted to either sign in or sign up.  The Microsoft Account is completely free and includes 15GB of cloud storage in OneDrive, Microsoft’s version of iCloud or Dropbox.  On a side note, if you currently use Dropbox, these apps interface with it and allow you to open and save files in your existing Dropbox account.

Some of the features of the updated apps include:

•    Multiple views for editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations
•    Add pictures, tables, formulas and animations to your creations
•    Sync between devices so you pick up from where you left off no matter where you work(phone, tablet, PC)
•    Share documents with other users right from your OneDrive and collaborate in real time
•    More robust options bring the mobile version closer to the PC experience
•    You can learn even more about these apps at http://products.office.com/en-us/mobile/office

Your Free Microsoft account also allows you to edit any content stored in your OneDrive on the go with Office Online; lite versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that run right in your browser for those times when you need to do work on a PC or Mac but Office isn’t installed.

I hope you find this helpful and I’ll keep you posted as to new developments.  Please feel free to share this with your faculty, staff, parents and anyone else you think may be interested.

Regards,

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Michael Greiner
Coordinator for Education Technology and Data