Microsoft Launches OneNote For iPhone and iPad; 30th Most Popular Free App

Looks like Microsoft is getting serious about shipping their office suite of products to , and users with the launch of the OneNote app for iPhone today.

OneNote iPhone

OneNote is a note-taking software which is part of the suite. OneNote was already available for the Windows Phone 7 platform and is now available for the iPhone too.

OneNote Top 30 Free App

The OneNote app for iPhone has quickly jumped the ranks and is now the 30th most popular free app on the App Store. The app says that is free for limited time only. The other most popular note-taking app for iPhone has been the Evernote, however, OneNote definitely seems to have the edge over it.

Both the iPhone and iPad are yet to see any significant office suites except for maybe Quick Office. Microsoft’s entry into the iOS for office space will definitely give them a wider range of mobile users who prefer to do their office related work on the go. Though there is no indication whether this will lead to an office suite for iPhone, the instant success of the OneNote app might definitely prompt Microsoft to work towards creating one.

OneNote is free for a limited period only. You can download the OneNote app for your iDevice from here.

Free DOCX and XLSX Viewers from SoftMaker


softmaker-iconSoftMaker, the authors of an MS Office compatible office suite, are offering some free document and spreadsheet viewers.

The document viewer is called TextMaker Viewer and is able to open and view the following file types:

.docx, .docmMicrosoft Word 2007 and 2010
.dotx, .dotmMicrosoft Word 2007/2010 templates
.doc Microsoft Word 6.0 up to Word 2010
.dotMicrosoft Word templates 6.0 up to 2010
.tmdTextMaker 6.0 up to 2010
.tmvTextMaker templates 6.0 up to 2010
.odt OpenDocument Text
.ott OpenDocument Text templates
.sxw Text
.rtf Rich Text Format
.psw Pocket Word (Pocket PC)
.pwd Pocket Word (Handheld PC)
.htm, .html HTML documents
.txt Plain-text files


The spreadsheet viewer is called PlanMaker Viewer and it can view the following filetypes:

.xlsx, .xlsm Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010
.xltx, .xltm Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 templates
.xls Microsoft Excel 5.0 up to Word 2010
.xlt Microsoft Excel templates 5.0 up to 2010
.pmd PlanMaker 2001 up to 2010
.pmv PlanMaker templates 2001 up to 2010
.pmw PlanMaker 1.0, 2.0, 97
.sdc StarCalc 1.0, 2.0
.slk SYLK files
.rtf Rich Text Format
.dbf dBASE files
.txt, .csv, .prn Plain-text files


Both TextMaker Viewer and PlanMaker Viewer will run under Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

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If you’d like to see other ways to open, view and edit MS Office files, take a look at some of this post:   Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

Microsoft Announces Office Web Apps And Facebook Messaging Collaboration

Today’s announcement of the messaging system was not just about Facebook. In addition to being able to view and send messages, users will also be able to view Microsoft documents in Facebook.

Office Web Apps

In a blog post Microsoft announced collaborating between Office Live Docs and Facebook. Facebook’s new messaging platform will allow users to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with just one click, without having to install any additional software. This feature is similar to what has, where users can open attachments in instead of downloading it.

Along with the one-click integration, Office Web Apps will also allow you to quickly create and share documents with your friends on Facebook. Microsoft is really bullish about pushing it’s Office Web Apps to users considering how popular Google Docs turned out to be. However, will they be able to capture the market share back? With 500 million Facebook users, it could just be possible.

You can create new office documents online by visiting and store all your files using the whooping 25GB free space provided with Windows Live SkyDrive.

Insert Video From Website Not Available In PowerPoint 2010, Workarounds

is definitely a great improvement from previous versions of Office. One of the features I have liked is the ability to insert videos and audio from websites like YouTube in a presentation (hacks for video insertion in previous office versions).

Insert Video From Website Blurred PowerPoint

However, certain versions of PowerPoint 2010 grey out the option to insert videos and only allow you to insert videos from a file. The problem is that inserting videos from websites is not available in 64-bit versions of Office 2010 or PowerPoint 2010 due to it requiring a 64-bit Adobe Flash installation.

The same feature is available on a 32-bit installation. So if you are using a 64-bit version of Office or PowerPoint 2010 you will be unable to insert videos into your presentation from sites like .

PowerPoint 2010 Insert Video From Web Site 64Bit

Is there a workaround? Yes, there are couple of workarounds. First of all you could grab yourself a 64-bit version of Adobe Flash from Adobe Labs and install it to solve your problem. The 64-bit active-x for Internet Explorer worked for me. However, you must note that the 64-bit version of Adobe Flash is in beta stage and may result in frequent browser crashes, though I haven’t seen any yet.

Another alternative will involve a lot more work than simply using the feature itself. To insert videos in your presentation. You will first have to download the videos to your desktop (resources for downloading videos from internet to your desktop) and then insert it as a file into your presentation.

Hopefully, the Adobe Flash 64-bit player will be available to public in near future, thus solving a problem with inserting web videos in PowerPoint presentations.

How to Open or Edit PPT, PPTX and PPS Files

ppt-iconRecently, my friend Tiffany wrote me to tell me she was having trouble finding a free and easy way to view PowerPoint files.

I inherited a brand new Windows 7 All-in-One with touch screen   … One of my complaints is that I can’t view a PPS on it, and I’ve tried downloading links (from several places found on Google) to get a PPS viewer, not one of them worked.   Do you know of a place where I can get just the viewer, that will work on 7?

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most used slideshow tool in the world. Even though you’ve probably seen PowerPoint slideshows and know what they are, I’d bet there are still a few of you that don’t know what to do when you get an email with a PPTX attachment in it.

Some of the file extensions associated with Microsoft PowerPoint are .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .pot, .potx, .potm, .pps, .ppsx and .ppsm.

PowerPoint Viewers

I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Here’s a list of free PowerPoint viewers. In many cases, you can also edit as well as view.

* The apps that can edit PowerPoint files have an asterisk in front.


PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (Microsoft)

PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (Microsoft)

*Open Office or *LibreOffice

*Lotus Symphony


PowerPoint 98 Viewer (Microsoft)

*Open Office


*Open Office


*Google Docs and Google Docs Viewer

*Zoho Office and Zoho Viewer

*Office Live


*Slideshare and many others


As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of alternatives to the full version of PowerPoint. If you only need to view files, the PowerPoint Viewers from Microsoft are the simplest to use. The free office suites, such as Open Office give you lots of options to create and share slideshows. For some, the best alternatives are free web services, such as Google Docs or Slideshare. Users of Mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or iPad, may not find any free apps for presentations, but they can probably use some of the free web viewers.

Save Money on Office 2010 or Get a Free Office Suite

no-word Microsoft left out a key ingredient in it’s recipe for getting everyone to use it’s newly released Microsoft Office 2010. They failed to offer Office 2010 upgrade discounts to the current users of Office 2007. What’s up with that?


There is still hope for those wanting to save money on Office 2010. Microsoft is offering free upgrades to 2010 for those buying and activating Office 2007 or upgrading from Office 2003 to 2007. The best savings are for those upgrading from Office 2003 to Office 2010, as detailed in a post at PC World. The post mentions that there are several restrictions on the free upgrades. Due to the restrictions, many people and companies will still be paying a lot of money for a full featured and modern office suite. I have to wonder if MS Office is really worth all the trouble. After all, there are several free alternatives to MS Office.

Many companies, home users, local governments and schools have saved big money by scrapping Microsoft Office and switching to Open Office 3.2. Since Microsoft Office is so expensive, now is a good time to ask yourself if OpenOffice, which is completely free, could replace your existing Microsoft Office 2007. OpenOffice has a some great FAQs that can help you decide if it’s a good deal for you. Take a look at “Why“.


There are plenty of questions raised when considering the cost of an office suite. Have you asked all the right questions?

MS Office 2010

Amazon Selling Office 2010 at Discounted Rates

Microsoft released Office 2010 to the world on 15th June 2010, however, it looks like Amazon is already offering discounts on all version of on their site.

Microsoft Office 2010

If you purchase a copy of Office 2010 on Amazon, you will get anything between $20 – $40 discounts on various versions of Office 2010. For example the retail price of Office 2010 Home and Student is $149.99, however, Amazon is selling it at a $20 discount for $129.99.

Here are the links to purchase different versions of Microsoft at discounted prices from Amazon:

So if you were looking to purchase a copy of Office 2010 for your home or office, save some money while you can.

Microsoft Office 2010 Released Worldwide

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. They are now available at more than 35,000 retail stores around the globe, in addition to being available for purchase at online shopping sites like Amazon. You can also directly order your copy from Microsoft at

Microsoft Office was reported to have reached RTM stage in mid-April and was downloaded more than 9 million times during its beta phase. Encouragingly for Microsoft, more than 75 percent of the surveyed beta users expressed their desire to purchase Office 2010 within six months.


Microsoft predicts that in the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 pre-installed, which can be easily activated by customers after purchase. For this, Microsoft has tied up with leading manufacturers like Acer Inc., Asus, Dell Inc., HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony Corp. Working with major retail partners and PC makers, we’ve made dramatic changes in the way we deliver Office 2010 to give consumers more buying choice, making it easier than ever to unlock the power of Office on new and existing PCs,said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. For the first time, people can purchase a Product Key Card at retail to activate Office 2010 preloaded on new PCs. For those who want to download Office 2010 direct from for an existing PC, the new Click-to-Run technology will have them up and running in a matter of minutes.

Office 2010 is available in multiple flavors including Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010 and Office Professional 2010. Check out our earlier post for pricing and edition information.

The new edition introduces several new features along with web based options via Office Web Apps. Check out Keith’s visual guide to new features in Office 2010 and his list of awesome Office 2010 tips and tricks to familiarize yourself with the latest avatar of Microsoft’s office suite

Microsoft Office 2010 Virtual Launch On May 25th and 26th

Microsoft is hosting a virtual launch conference for on May 25th and 26th at Mera Office. At this event, users will be able to learn about the new offerings in Office 2010 and also be able to win 20 copies of Office Home and Student 2007, with possible free upgrade to Office 2010.

Office 2010 Virtual Launch

On May 25th, users will get to learn about the new features in Office 2010 including tours of Outlook 2010, OneNote 2010. There will also be presentations from Techie Buzz author Manan Kakkar who will be talking about Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010  and Office Web Apps. There will also be introductions for Excel 2010.

On May 26th the focus will shift to communications and collaboration software in Office 2010, including sessions on SharePoint 2010, InfoPath 2010 and more.

Users can register for the free event at to attend the event. Since this is a virtual event, you just need a web browser and internet connection to attend it.

All participants will get a free office eBook and certificates for attending the event.

Win An Xbox 360 Elite In FIFA 2010 World Cup Excel Developer Challenge

The FIFA 2010 World Cup is less than a month away and I definitely can’t wait for the ball to get the first kick. I bet there are several other Soccer fans out there who would have the same excitement.


If you are an Excel developer, here is your chance to win an Xbox 360 Elite Video Game Entertainment System and a copy of the Xbox 360 game: FIFA 2010 from the Microsoft Excel team.

The Microsoft Excel team has announced a developer challenge in anticipation of the release next month. Developers will have to create an Excel application using Excel 2010, which can be freely downloaded and post it online. Once that is done, they will have to fill in a short entry form found here and email the entry form to [email protected].

Entries will be judged based on usage of new Excel 2010 features and VBA, ease of use and relevance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The first prize winner will win An Xbox 360 Elite Video Game Entertainment System and a copy of the Xbox 360 game: FIFA 2010. The second prize winner will win a national team jersey of their favorite team. Prizes will be distributed on or before July 4th.

For full contest rules and prize distribution details visit the official announcement post by the Microsoft Excel team.