Microsoft Office Mobile arrives on iOS

Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS

Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS

While people (literally) around the world awaits for the premiere of “Man of Steel”, folks at Redmond quietly launches Office Mobile for iOS. After years of speculation, Microsoft, yesterday released an Office version for iOS optimized for iPhone (ooops, sorry iPad).

The app requires a subscription license of Office through Office 365. Office Mobile is tied into SkyDrive associated with a user’s Office 365 credentials, so it is automatically in sync with your files in the cloud. Users can also open and edit file attachments from Mail and save them back to the cloud or mail them back. It also allows you to create new documents or open existing ones either by browsing folders in SkyDrive or by finding them through a recent files list which synchronizes with your recent files from desktop applications.

The app provides almost the same functionality as Office for Windows Phones devices which really comes in handy. There is no word yet for an Android version but it is safe to say that Microsoft is also leaning on that direction. And if you’re wondering where is the iPad version, that is unlikely to happen because of course, Office apps is one of the major sales push for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. It is also worth noting that Apple, as announced last week, will drop Google searches for Siri and will use Microsoft’s Bing instead for the next iOS 7 release.  Head past break for the images.




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Google opens Philippine office

Google Philippines launch with the "jeepney" images on the background - the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines

Google Philippines launch with the “jeepney” image on the background – the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines

We saw it coming! With the launched of YouTube Philippines back in October 2011 – the first local version in South East Asia; and last year’s Google Free Zone – a first in the world in partnership with Globe Telecom, Google officially opens shop today, January 23, Wednesday, in the Philippines.

According to a report by the Asia Digital Marketing Association, 33.6 million Filipinos tapped into the Internet in 2011. That’s already about one third of the population. By 2016, the report said, 59 percent of the population will be turning to the Internet, for everything from shopping to building a business to connecting with friends. And that is why Google will be here in the country long-term according to Julian Persaud, Managing Director of Google Southeast Asia which describes Philippines as a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population.

At the helm of the Philippine-office is the first Country Manager Narciso Reyes, an internet veteran with over 16 years of digital experience in Asian and US markets and his portfolio includes Friendster, DoubleClick and LycosAsia.

“We’re excited to be deepening our investment in the Philippines with the opening of our office here in Manila. Our local team will be committed to providing better services to our Filipino users and to helping businesses — large and small — grow locally and globally, contributing to the growth of the Philippine economy. We envision Google as part of everyday Filipino lives and as a partner in the development of local communities, culture and business,” said Narciso Reyes.

Google Philippines office is located in Makati City and will start hiring soon so watch out. I’m thinking though that the Manila office will be sales-driven team so the slots are more of Sales and Marketing (I guess.)