Microsoft launches new Office and cloud services

Bryn

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This seems to be the event in question:


Got to say, credit to Satya and Microsoft. I used to hate them and their bs as much as the next person, but Windows 10, Office 365, BizSpark, Azure etc. are all pretty awesome. Even Edge and Bing aren't half bad, and could be really good with a few years of refinement.
 

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Does this mean Azure servers are "live" or how does that process work?
 

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A little lightning bolt icon in Office apps – starting first in Excel and PowerPoint – will provide suggestions for design, layout and images based on what the user is doing.
Google had it for two years already.
 

Bryn

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Google had it for two years already.
Where? I've never seen that feature, and I just tried to find it and couldn't.

Formatting after creating a document has always been easy in Office 365 btw. Generally the Format tab shows a bunch of options for anything in particular.
 

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Where? I've never seen that feature, and I just tried to find it and couldn't.

Formatting after creating a document has always been easy in Office 365 btw. Generally the Format tab shows a bunch of options for anything in particular.
It's the explore (star) button at the bottom right of every document, spreadsheet or presentation.
 

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Is it available on torrent already? :D:D:D
Let's see what's torrentable:
  • Microsoft Teams – the company’s Slack rival – has 329,000 organizations as customers, including 87 of the Fortune 100
  • Microsoft Windows and Office apps will have a search box that queries both Bing web search and internal corporate documents and data.
  • Office 365 users can now email and share documents with LinkedIn direct connections from Office apps.
  • A little lightning bolt icon in Office apps – starting first in Excel and PowerPoint – will provide suggestions for design, layout and images based on what the user is doing.
  • The company “declared an end to the era of passwords” by adding the ability to login to hundreds of thousands of corporate apps without a password via Microsoft’s Authenticator service
Teams: No
Search bar: Maybe built in
Office365: No
Suggestion system: Maybe, depends if they use cloud services to suggest
Microsoft Authenticator: No, you don't want to.

So overall, no.
 

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It's the explore (star) button at the bottom right of every document, spreadsheet or presentation.
Err.. how is that like what MS has talked about? The Explore button in Google Docs has absolutely nothing to do with document formatting, smart or otherwise.

Just checked it out with a new doc and an old one - it's dumb as a doorbell and basically is the same as Googling for info about random topics within the document using your phone.

Is it available on torrent already? :D:D:D
A year of Office 365 Personal can almost always be had on OLX for R250-350. And that's including 1TB OneDrive storage, which will probably increase sometime seeing as all major cloud storage services have doubled the 1TB accounts.

Is that not cheap enough for you?
 

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Err.. how is that like what MS has talked about? The Explore button in Google Docs has absolutely nothing to do with document formatting, smart or otherwise.

Just checked it out with a new doc and an old one - it's dumb as a doorbell and basically is the same as Googling for info about random topics within the document using your phone.



A year of Office 365 Personal can almost always be had on OLX for R250-350. And that's including 1TB OneDrive storage, which will probably increase sometime seeing as all major cloud storage services have doubled the 1TB accounts.

Is that not cheap enough for you?
I don't understand Google, they keep removing/reducing features.
They used to have a really great harvard referencer, you just start typing the name of the article and it gets the full thing for you, tied in with Google Scholar. They have it as a footnote thing, not as great.
You use explore > search the item, then hover over and select the thing that pops up, it then adds the number to where you're typing and adds the reference to the foot of the page.
It's still a lot better than MS one, that one is a pain to add stuff to, spend a good ten minutes just referencing 3/4 papers if there are multiple authors. Google's one also supports other formats, but I usually use Easy Bibliogaphy.
Google Docs doesn't have Harvard referencing anymore:
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This was after they removed it and brought it back, before removal it was there, now it's gone. Also no more support for direct Google Scholar to be able to fetch the authors as well (could be the papers I am searching though as getting it through Books24x7).
 

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Err.. how is that like what MS has talked about? The Explore button in Google Docs has absolutely nothing to do with document formatting, smart or otherwise.

Just checked it out with a new doc and an old one - it's dumb as a doorbell and basically is the same as Googling for info about random topics within the document using your phone.
https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-365/176094/microsoft-now-uses-ai-to-help-you-create-better-presentations-spreadsheets-on-office-apps
For example, in PowerPoint, Ideas can be activated with a single click, and it will then review your slides to suggest changes. These changes will range from design changes
On Excel, Ideas can be used to automatically suggest charts and more to help your spreadsheets look a little more interesting
https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/09/ExploreinDocsSheetsSlides.html

Explore in Slides makes design polishing simple. As you work, Explore dynamically generates design suggestions, based on the content of your slide. Simply pick a recommendation and apply it with a single click — no cropping, resizing or reformatting required.
https://9to5google.com/2017/06/01/google-sheets-automatic-charts-shortucts/
The first major update Sheets gets today is the ability to automatically create charts based on your various spreadsheets, taking the work off of your back and throwing it on to Google’s powerful machine learning.
It's the same thing...
 
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