Microsoft may be working to develop a special version of its Office suite for Apple’s iPad. The company is also reportedly prepping an Office Suite update that will add official support for Lion and may be available from the Mac App Store, The Daily reported Tuesday. The new Office apps for Lion could cost as little as $10 each, or the same price Apple charges for its Keynote, Numbers and Pages titles, and they will also support sync with Office 365 and other mobile versions of the application. No additional details were reported regarding pricing or a release schedule for Microsoft’s Office for iPad. “We already deliver Office on multiple platforms and devices and are committed to expanding in the future, but have nothing further to share today,” Microsoft said in a statement to CNET, neglecting to confirm or deny the report. More →
If you’re planning on staying at the The Plaza hotel in New York, you have one more thing to look forward to, and that’s iPads in every room and suite. Since January, the five star hotel has put iPads in all guest rooms for a multitude of reasons. One of the coolest? The custom app that the iPad runs. Replacing an older touch panel, the new app allows guests to control lights in the room, change their heat and air conditioning systems, order room service, make restaurant reservations, request wake up calls, communicate with the concierge, and even print boarding passes. According to the general manager of the hotel, their previous system, “wasn’t sophisticated enough for what we wanted to do” and they ” chose the iPad because it is a great piece of equipment that is here to stay and won’t disappear tomorrow.” Sounds good to us. Video of the iPad running the custom app by Intelity after the break. More →
Late yesterday, Nokia announced the availability of a public beta for its new software synchronization suite, Ovi 3.0. The new Ovi has been in private testing for the past several months and Nokia is promising improved “stability, syncing and the experience with downloading maps.”
“We have been working hard to improve the quality of Nokia Ovi Suite,” reads the press release. “We have also introduced a new Home view, and integrated our music experience with the millions of tracks available on Ovi Music even more closely to Nokia Ovi Suite.”
The company is looking for users to download the new bits onto their computers and provide feedback. If you’re a Symbian user, why don’t you just go right ahead and oblige them. The full list of improvements and a short video detailing some of the new goodies is waiting for you after the break. More →
Today, Motorola Mobility announced a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. alleging the Cupertino company’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as certain Mac computers, infringe upon eighteen of Motorola’s patents. The accusations are fairly broad:
The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.
Motorola is looking for the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban Apple from importing the aforementioned equipment.
“Motorola has innovated and patented throughout every cycle of the telecommunications industry evolution, from Motorola’s invention of the cell phone to its development of premier smartphone products. We have extensively licensed our industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, consisting of tens of thousands of patents in the U.S. and worldwide. After Apple’s late entry into the telecommunications market, we engaged in lengthy negotiations, but Apple has refused to take a license. We had no choice but to file these complaints to halt Apple’s continued infringement,” said Kirk Daily, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola.
We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for this one to be resolved. More →
Yes that title was fantastically lame, get over it. Here at BGR, we fully embrace anything and everything that takes us one step closer to never having to use any Microsoft Office application ever again. That’s right, we said it. In recent history of course, this means embracing the advent of online office suites. At the forefront of the online office suite movement is Google, of course. It wasn’t the first but Google’s suite including documents, spreadsheets and presentations has most certainly been the most widely adopted. Other contenders gaining ground include Zoho and ThinkFree, but none have come anywhere close to displacing the giant. Will Adobe’s offering come any closer? Probably not, but we can dream can’t we? First things first. The UI is pure unadulterated hotness. Based on Flash / Flex, the overall look and feel is awesome, transitions and animations are smooth and it’s very fast on a capable computer. There are a few elements missing though, so let’s have a quick run through:
- Buzzword – A sleek and capable word processor that allows easy collaboration and utilizes an excellent WYSIWYG interface.
- ConnectNow – A very well-constructed web conferencing / whiteboard app that allows real-time interaction; currently limited to three participants.
- Share – A feature-rich and versatile file sharing app; direct shot at offerings such as box.net.
- CreatePDF – Free basic PDF converter limited to five conversions.
- MyFiles – Online personal file storage with a great visual UI and 5 GB of free space.
So a few key elements are missing of course – can you say spreadsheets? This is an early release though and we’ll continue to play with it to see how it develops. The Adobe office suite tools are also accessible using an on-PC app built with Adobe AIR. Do yourself a favor and check it all out.