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Microsoft brings PowerPoint Presenter Coach to Android

Microsoft brings PowerPoint Presenter Coach to Android

Last fall, Microsoft introduced PowerPoint Presenter Coach, an AI-based feature integrated into PowerPoint with the goal of improving the presentation skills of Office users. When activated, it provides on-screen guidance based on your how you're speaking, from reading off slides too much, to using an excessive amount of umm ... filler words. After existing as an exclusive feature in PowerPoint for the web, Microsoft is finally bringing it to the Android platform.

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Microsoft's new all-in-one Office app is now available for all (Update: Tablet support soon)

Microsoft's new all-in-one Office app is now available for all (Update: Tablet support soon)

Once upon a time, you could view and edit Google Docs files from a single Drive app, but Google later split them up into multiple editing applications. Microsoft is now doing the reverse: it's combining the Android versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into one app to rule them all.

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[Update: OneDrive too] PowerPoint and Excel pass 500 million installs on the Play Store

[Update: OneDrive too] PowerPoint and Excel pass 500 million installs on the Play Store

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Google Drive users can now comment on MS Office files, PDFs, and images

Google Drive users can now comment on MS Office files, PDFs, and images

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Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

Microsoft Office Android apps now available on all Chromebooks

For years, one of the most common complaints about Chromebooks was that they couldn't run the Office suite of applications. Microsoft has offered Android apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for a few years now, but they weren't made available to all Chromebooks for some reason.

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Small Microsoft Office updates for PowerPoint, Excel, and Word add in whiteboard capture and form control file opening

Small Microsoft Office updates for PowerPoint, Excel, and Word add in whiteboard capture and form control file opening

After Google improved the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps a few weeks ago, Microsoft is responding with updates to the Android apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The update adds small, incremental improvements which won't matter to the vast majority, but for a little subset of users, might be the thing that gets them to use one or all of the apps.

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The major thing that's new in PowerPoint is the ability to share only one slide. It can get really annoying when to send one slide in a presentation of many slides, you have to send the entire thing and say 'look at slide 22,' or whatever.

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Microsoft adds more cloud storage options to Office apps on Android

Microsoft adds more cloud storage options to Office apps on Android

Third-party cloud storage platforms like Dropbox and Box have been available in desktop versions of Microsoft Office for a few years, but the mobile versions have been much more limited. Oh, they supported OneDrive, but who uses that? Starting today, you have new storage options and a few more on on the way.

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Google Slides now supports using Android Wear to control presentations [APK Download]

Google Slides now supports using Android Wear to control presentations [APK Download]

It's a bit difficult to get excited over updates to presentation software. But the latest Google Slides update brings a new feature that should have been implemented ages ago - remote control with Android Wear devices. Google Slides has supported streaming presentations to Chromecasts for a while now, but you have always had to control the show from your phone (or your laptop, if using the web version).

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The latest Google Slides update installs a companion app on your Android Wear device. When you start casting a presentation, a notification appears on your watch that opens the Wear app. The top of the UI shows the time you have spent on the current slide, the orange bar indicates how far along you are in the presentation, and the bottom shows a preview of the next slide.

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Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel updated with better sharing features

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel updated with better sharing features

Microsoft has long since abandoned the strategy of keeping its apps and services confined to its own platform. Windows Phone didn't really work out, so it's not like there's another option. Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint, and Excel apps are getting a nice update today on Android that makes them better at handling shared content. PowerPoint also gets some UI tweaks.

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Microsoft Office apps get inking and SD card support, Word gets touch-friendly tables

Microsoft Office apps get inking and SD card support, Word gets touch-friendly tables

In the latest series of updates to Microsoft's Office apps for Android, the headlining feature is inking support with a couple of other minor additions. Of those, the one most likely to affect your day-to-day use is that each app now allows for saving to SD cards.

Still, the most exciting part of these updates is inking. As the name suggests, this is digital ink. You can draw with your finger or stylus, as I did in the image below. If you have a phone or tablet with an active digitizer like the Samsung Note series, they will support those pressure-sensitive features as well.

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