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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1 69

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "While we are still waiting for the official Windows 8.1 touch-enabled apps to get launched on the Windows Store, Microsoft went and decided that it's time to finally bring the Office online apps to the Chrome Web Store, instead. Thus, Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store and also improving all of them with new features, along with several bug fixes and performance improvements." More on the Microsoft front: an anonymous reader wrote in with a link to Ars Technica's review of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release: "It is a major platform update even if it is just a .1 release. Updates include the debut of Cortana, using the same kernel as Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One, a notebook reminder app, inner circle friend management, IE 11, Nokia's camera app by default, lock screen and background customizations, a much improved email client with calendar support, more general Windows 8.1 API inclusion for better portability, and a notification center. Ars rated it more of a Windows Phone 9 release than .1 update."
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

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  • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Wednesday April 16, 2014 @12:26PM (#46769441)

    It might have been funny, if I hadnt gotten complaints from every single person Ive recommended oOO to over the years, and had every single one end up buying office.

    And its not even like its just that theyre familiar with Office; oOO lacks serious polish and is sometimes maddening to work with.

  • by jones_supa ( 887896 ) on Wednesday April 16, 2014 @01:13PM (#46770233)

    Why is the open source community incapable of outdoing commercial de-facto standard apps with poor UIs?

    Software is hard, and the complexity and manpower needed for projects is continuously increasing.

  • Re:Yawn. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Wednesday April 16, 2014 @01:38PM (#46770547)

    They become old and bitter, just like those mainframe guys. Everything comes with a trade-off. When we went from the mainframe to PC's, software for a little while had to take a step back so it will work on systems with less power. The same thing is happening now with mobile devices. Software is taking a step back so they can operate on their mobile devices, where speed was sacrificed for weight and power usage. However, the fact we have smaller lighter carry anywhere technology, allows us to be more connected and less reliant on paper.

    Trade-offs, they happen. Just like the mainframes, the PC will move more towards business only usages, while home stuff will go to mobile devices, as well as those light end business apps.

    The Mainframe isn't dead yet, neither will the PC go away any time soon. However they will get more specialized for particular work.

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra