Microsoft unveils Office features

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Despite a slow start that left show viewers struggling to keep up with the technical content, Microsoft has been showing off new features in its Office software.

At the firm’s developer conference, Build, in San Francisco, the first hour of the live show was dedicated to the firm’s Azure cloud platform, complete with several coding demonstrations.

But once Microsoft’s Rob Lefferts appeared on stage to speak about Office, a new ability to see Office add-ins across Windows, the web and Apple’s iOS was demonstrated.

A link between Microsoft email and calendar service Outlook and Uber was also shown off, where the car-sharing app was able to learn a user’s destination from an Outlook meeting reminder.

“You’re no longer going to different applications for different data,” said Mr Lefferts.

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella opened the conference, aimed at developers, by saying: “This conference is all about celebrating and challenging the creativity that you all bring.

“Microsoft was founded by two developers who had a bold ambition to empower other developers to build new and great things.”

Microsoft also announced a new code editor, Visual Studio Code, that will enable developers to edit code on the Mac and Linux platforms for the first time for free.

The US firm is looking to improve its standing in the technology market place after falling behind to the likes of Apple and Google in recent years both in terms of sales and popularity.

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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