Microsoft News You Can Use (Feb. 07, 2015)

Here are just a few of the interesting news items from Microsoft. You can see them all here at the Microsoft News Center.

Microsoft’s Super Bowl ads feature inspiring stories

Estella and Braylon are the stars of Microsoft’s two 60-second Super Bowl commercials, airing during Sunday’s game. Both ads, as well as extended versions of the stories they tell, are available online.

The next chapter of Office on Windows

The Microsoft Office Team is excited to announce that Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available for technical preview on PCs, laptops and tablets running the Windows 10 Technical Preview!

Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android!

As of today, Word for Android tablet, Excel for Android tablet and PowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads. These apps join the highly rated OneNote for Android, as well. If you’re a consumer, just download the free apps from the Google Play store and then log in with your Microsoft Account to create files, print and perform day-to-day editing for free.

With Office Lens update, you can now convert pictures to PDF files and save to OneDrive

Office Lens already helps Windows Phone users go paperless by converting images of whiteboards and documents into Word and PowerPoint files, and saves the images to OneNote. A recent update provides PDFs as an option for conversion and the ability to save to OneDrive. The app, which acts as a “scanner in your pocket,” also trims and enhances these pictures, which you can save for more careful study later and sharing with co-workers. Printed text is automatically recognized (using OCR), so it’s easy to search for words in images and copy and edit them.

Install Office Lens for free from the Windows Phone Store.