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Microsoft Office iPad apps support mouse and trackpad

Microsoft has announced that its Word, Excel, and Powerpoint applications have been updated to support mice and trackpads on iPadOS. "The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are now receiving updates to take full advantage of trackpad support in iPadOS to give iPad users using a mouse or Apple's new Magic Keyboard easy cursor control, navigation fluid and precise settings, "the company explained in a blog post Monday. “By moving a finger across the Magic Keyboard's built-in trackpad, the cursor becomes the tool you need depending on the content you're pointing at. And using an iPad mouse or trackpad for common tasks like highlighting a passage of text in Word, selecting a range of cells in Excel, and moving and resizing graphics in PowerPoint is as simple and intuitive as ever. ...
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Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update that added Office web apps to Start menu

For the past few weeks, some Windows 10 users complained that Microsoft was forcing their PCs to restart in order to install an update that added Progressive Web Apps (PWA) to the Start menu. Microsoft now claims that the PWA update was at least partially a bug. The Redmond, Washington-based company said The edge that it would 'pause' the update that added web apps to the Start menu, noting that the original plan was to make websites pinned to the Start menu launch in its new Edge browser. Additionally, Microsoft planned to make those web shortcuts more visible tiles. That ultimately resulted in what Microsoft describes as a bug, which turned the company's existing Microsoft Office web shortcuts into PWA applications as well. It...
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Windows 10 is restarting some PCs to install Office applications without permission

Some Windows 10 users report that their PCs are restarting to install Office web apps, even though they don't give permission for the operating system to do so. Previously, this was an optional feature that could only be enabled by the user. It is not clear why it has changed, but the problem seems to be quite remarkable, given that various means, including The edge, Latest Windows Y ZDNet, have reported experiencing it together with general users. It's also important to note that standard Windows 10 users are affected, not just Windows Insider users as originally reported. According to The edgeSean Hollister, the Office application icons even appeared in his start menu, even though he had never installed Office on the compute...
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Microsoft teases vision for future design of Office suite

Microsoft has teased its plans for the future of Office’s user interface. In a lengthy blog post from the company’s corporate vice president of design and research, Jon Friedman, Microsoft laid out snippets of Office’s future. That includes a move towards a smaller, more contextual ribbon interface and apps designed to help users focus on work. “The next wave of Microsoft 365 UX changes will go even further by fading brand colours from app headers and exploring adaptive commanding. This lets you move a simplified toolbar around the screen to wherever you find it most helpful, using progressive disclosure to contextually reveal commands,” wrote Friedman. Microsoft’s Office apps have long used a ‘ribbon’ toolbar pinned along the top of the app that gave users quick access to tools. No...