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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft starts rolling out trackpad support to Office apps for iPadOS
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft today announced fresh updates for its Office apps on iPadOS that introduce full support for trackpad capabilities, among others. The latest changes are live for those using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the iPad.
The software giant says the new updates should come in handy if you're using a mouse or Apple’s Magic Keyboard to move around texts in Word, resize content in PowerPoint, or select cells in Excel, for example. The cursor also automatically adjusts its function according to the content you're working on.
If you have been using these Office apps on Windows or macOS, the new iPad experience will look familiar to you. That said, today's announcement is not entirely surprising since a report earlier this year suggested that Microsoft would add trackpad support for its Office suite apps on iPadOS.
In addition, the Redmond-based company has introduced new start screens and a fresh ribbon of feature menus to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint experiences. It says these enhancements provide a "cleaner and more modern" look in line with its Fluent UI design.
These updates are rolling out in phases and should be available to everyone in the next few weeks. In the future, Microsoft has promised to bring multiple document support in Excel, contextual menus, and offline file support for cloud files.
Microsoft announces new improvements for PowerPoint for Mac
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft has announced some improvements that are making their way to PowerPoint for Mac today, along with some other forthcoming improvements. One of the most notable additions that's coming soon is the ability to record video of the presenter during a slideshow.
With remote learning being fairly common these days, the ability to record videos presentations along with presenter video should help educators make more engaging content. Additionally, Microsoft is adding the ability to record inking as well as laser pointer movements during a slideshow. Office Insiders can try these features early, but they should come to general users soon.
In the meantime, some features that were already being tested by Insiders are making the jump and becoming available for everyone. For one thing, it's now possible to record audio files and insert them into a presentation on the fly. You can also export PowerPoint presentations as animated GIFs, complete with the ability to set the image quality and how many seconds should be given to each frame.
Finally, PowerPoint for Mac is getting the ability to generate links to a specific slide in a presentation. All of these features should be available today.
By Rich Woods
Lenovo Legion 5 (AMD Ryzen 7 4800H) unboxing and first impressions
by Rich Woods
Lenovo's Legion 5 is almost identical to the Legion 5i that I reviewed over the summer. In fact, Lenovo didn't even send over a new reviewer's guide because there's one key difference: it has AMD's Ryzen 4000 H-series processors. The 45W chip inside of the one that Lenovo sent me is the Ryzen 7 4800H.
The Ryzen 7 4800H is an octa-core processor with 16 threads, and as mentioned above, a 45W TDP. It has a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and a max boost clock of 4.2GHz. It's built on AMD's Zen 2 architecture, so it's on a 7nm process.
As far as graphics, this machine has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. Gone are the days of always seeing AMD Radeon graphics in AMD-powered gaming PCs. Here's the problem though. Like HP did with its OMEN 15, Lenovo gave the AMD version of its product only lower-end SKUs. The Legion 5 is offered with a GTX 1650 or GTX 1650 Ti, while the Intel-powered Legion 5i is offered with a GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2060.
Check out the unboxing video below:
Skype Preview now support 100 call participants
by João Carrasqueira
Despite having arguably fallen from grace, Microsoft's Skype service continues to get somewhat frequent updates, and new features have been added consistently this year as a result of more people working from home. Microsoft has just released version 8.66 of Skype to Insiders, and it has just one major feature - support for 100 call participants.
Up until now, Skype only allowed for up to 50 participants to be in a group call, but Microsoft's other big communication service, Teams, is much further ahead. Currently, up to 300 people can participate in a Teams meeting, though that's also a more business-oriented offering. Either way, you can now be on a Skype call with up to 100 people, which is a good option to have.
That's basically the only major addition with this release, though Microsoft does list a few bugs that have been fixed with this update:
If you're in the Skype Insider program, this new update should be available on your devices in the next couple of days. General users will have to wait a while longer to receive it.
By Ather Fawaz
Microsoft, Adobe, and C3.ai team up to bring an "enterprise class" AI-powered CRM solution
by Ather Fawaz
Today, Microsoft in collaboration with Adobe and C3.ai, which is a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation, announced the launch of C3 AI CRM powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365.
The software is meant to be the first enterprise-class customer relationship management (CRM) solution that integrates Dynamics 365, Adobe Experience Cloud, together with C3.ai’s industry-specific data models, connectors, and AI models, to provide a suite of AI-powered CRM solutions in domains like marketing, sales, and customer service. For this venture, Microsoft, Adobe, and C3.ai have also agreed to:
Concretely, the CRM suite would allow teams to accurately forecast revenue, product demand, identify and reduce customer churn, identify high-qualified prospects, and use the power of AI inference to optimize segmentation, marketing, and targeting of products. The workflow would be optimized with integrations into the Azure, Microsoft 365, and the Microsoft Power Platform ecosystem.
C3 AI CRM is now available, but Adobe Experience Cloud does not come bundled in the package and will be sold separately. To check it out, you may visit the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketplace.