Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are available as free downloads for iOS , Android and Windows smartphones and tablets that have a screen size of 10.1 inches or smaller. Users can view, edit and create new Office format files with these free apps once they login with a Microsoft user account, but they must subscribe to Office 365 to unlock all app functionality.
Students and teachers with a valid school email address are also eligible for the free Office 365 Education version.
Apple device users can run the iWork productivity apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
Microsoft is currently testing a new Excel for Android feature that will allow you to take a picture of data with your phone or tablet and paste the photo’s data into an Excel worksheet. Insert Data from Picture is currently being tested by select Office Insider users.
Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint create files in Open XML formats by default. The file extensions for OpenXML format include XLSX (Excel), DOCX (Word), and PPTX (PowerPoint).
Files with names that end with “.xlsx” ,”.docx” or “.pptx” can be renamed to “.zip”. These ZIP files can be uncompressed to reveal multiple files and folders.
Information on how to read the contents of the Open XML format for Microsoft Office may be found at docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/open-xml/understanding-the-open-xml-file-formats.
The Microsoft Office Online browser extension for Edge and Google Chrome browsers allows you to open and create files for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway in your browser without needing Office installed.
This free extension is available from Microsoft Store and Chrome Web Store.
Microsoft has provided some web pages that list Excel functions and keyboard shortcuts:
The Microsoft Excel Community has additional helpful hints regarding Excel.
Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Whiteboard – Preview version for Windows 10. This app allows multiple users to sign into their Microsoft accounts and remotely update a virtual whiteboard to collaborate visually. This app is free to use for any one user with a Windows 10 device. For multiple users, at least one participant must be logged into an Office 365 personal, work, or school account. More details are at products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-whiteboard/digital-whiteboard-app and the FAQ page.
Update: Microsoft Whiteboard app is now generally available for Windows 10 devices at the Microsoft Store, and there is now an iOS version for iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
- Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
- Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
- Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
- Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
- Windows Web Server 2008
A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.