Microsoft Office Preview is Now Available for Android Tablets on the Google Play Stor

Jan 06, 2015 - 4:11 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft made good on their promise to bring Office to Android tablets. They just made the Office Preview available for Android tablets and you can get it at the Google Play Store. This "Preview" version is basically like an extended "beta" test, although most of the kinks have already been worked out. The program is designed to get feedback from users so Microsoft can improve upon the Android tablet version of Office.

There are a few limitations worth considering before trying out this Office Preview. Here's a quote from Microsoft's blog with the full details,

In November, we invited you to sign up for the Office for Android tablet preview. With such an overwhelmingly positive response from people around the world, we made it even easier for customers to download the preview apps by requesting access to the Google Plus community.

Over the last two months, we have heard from people all over the world who want the power of Office on their Android tablet. The feedback we’ve received through this initial phase of preview has helped us shape and optimize the Office experience for Android tablet users. Your feedback also helps us plan and prioritize future feature updates.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are further expanding the preview. We want more feedback from more users to ensure that Office apps work well on a range of different Android tablets before launching the official apps. To participate in the preview, you can use an ARM-based Android tablet running KitKat or Lollipop, with a screen size between 7″ and 10.1″. Starting today, anyone can go to Google Play and download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint preview apps. No waitlist. No requesting access. Just go and download the apps!

We hope you will join the preview and tell us what you think. Your feedback is critical in helping us deliver world-class Office applications to Android tablets. Download the Word, Excel andPowerPoint preview apps for your Android tablet today and tell us what you think in our Google Plus community.
Finally, keep in mind that the "preview" versions of Office are actually broken up into Office's constituent parts. Word, Excel &... [Read More]
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New 2-in-1s - Asus Transformer Book Chi models

Jan 05, 2015 - 2:58 PM - by azazel1024
Asus announced the T300 Chi, T100 Chi and T90 Chi at CES today.

AnandTech | Asus CES 2015 Press Conference Live Blog

The T90 looks interesting as does the T300, especially their prices.

However, I am saddened by the T100 Chi. It looks like an overall nice replacement for the T100 (I assume it has a Cherry Trail processor in it), but 2GB of are KILLING me. Really, really, really these things need 4GB. 2GB is okay, but with even more CPU and GPU ability, that 2GB becomes that much more of a bottle neck.

Makes me really hope Asus gets smart and releases a 4GB option at some point, because otherwise I suspect there will be a lot of tablet makers who introduce Cherry Trail models with 4GB of RAM.

That said, thinner, 16:10 and 1200p and $399...yeah, I'll probably buy one once I have the spare funds (maybe birthday present to myself this spring?)
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Asus Announces Zenfone Zoom Smartphone w/ 3X Optical Zoom 13MP Camera

Jan 05, 2015 - 1:48 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Asus is wanting to take the camera optics of smartphones to a whole new level. They just unveiled their latest creation at CES 2015, and this smartphone has a monster camera! It's called the Zenfone Zoom and it includes a 13MP camera that also has a built-in 3x Optical Zoom lens. Here's the scoop on all of the specs:
  • 13MP shooter with 3X optical zoom (and 12X digital zoom) - with laser auto focus and optical image stabilization
  • 5MP front facing camera
  • 5.5-inch (1080×1920 resolution) IPS display on Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and Asus's Zen UI enhancements
  • 802.11 ac WiFi compatibility and storage options ranging up to 128GB
  • At its thinnest point, the Zenfone Zoom measures at just 11.95mm
  • Full dimensions complete at 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 mm and weighs in at 185 grams
  • LTE
  • 3,000mAh battery

Asus claims this is the world's thinnest smartphone with a 3x Optical Zoom Lens. That's probably true, since you can probably count on one hand the other smartphones with lenses of that size, and none of them were very thin.

The phone will officially launch in Q2 2015 with prices starting at $399 and up. No specific region availability has been revealed. What do you guys think? Could Asus have found a winner for folks who want the camera in their smartphone to stand out?
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