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Microsoft Opens Third India Research and Development Centre, in Noida

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Microsoft is expanding its footprint in India with a new engineering hub in the National Capital Region. To further tap engineering talent in India, Microsoft on Monday announced the launch of its third India Development Centre (IDC) in Noida, after Bengaluru and Hyderabad and will build on its commitment to tapping India’s engineering talent to create solutions for global impact.

“We have built a strong engineering presence in India over the past two decades and we are excited to be expanding to Noida. Our deep commitment to the region will help us further Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Kurt DelBene, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Core Services Engineering and Operations, and the Chairman of the IDC Advisory Board.

The center will be home to Microsoft’s engineering teams across various technology groups, including Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Research Group, Cloud & Enterprise Group, and Experience & Devices Group, along with Core Services Engineering and Operations. It will also house Mixer, Microsoft’s live streaming gaming platform team, becoming the first center to host the gaming team outside the company headquarters in Redmond.

Rajiv Kumar, Managing Director, Microsoft India Research & Development Pvt. Ltd., said, “The launch of the new IDC center in NCR is a step towards realizing IDC’s vision to be a world class development center and source of innovation for the next billion users. This creates opportunities for engineers to do meaningful work that will have impact across the world. We are excited to tap into the engineering talent available in this part of the country to create a truly pioneering organization that will build innovative solutions for global impact.”

With this addition, the India Development Centre will have teams across all engineering divisions from Microsoft.

First set up in Hyderabad in 1998, the development centre drives Microsoft’s strategy of globally shared development to build products and services.

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Microsoft Releases Unified Android App for Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Microsoft has finally launched a single unified Android app which brings together Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on a single interface for Android smartphones users. The app called Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More is now available on the Play Store. Like before, this lets you edit Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents without having to switch apps. Microsoft has been working on this all-in-one app solution since early 2019 and after privately and publicly testing it, has now made it available in a stable version to the public.

Some of the app’s key features include document creation by allowing users to take a picture of a document and turn it into an editable Word file. Also, the photo of the table can be converted into an Excel spreadsheet. It integrates Office Lens features for creating digital images of documents and whiteboards. Further, PowerPoint can help in designing presentations by just selecting pictures on the phone. Users can now scan QR codes to open links from the Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More app.

There are some catches. As Android Police warned, the current Android app isn’t optimized for tablets or Chromebooks. You can’t even use it in landscape mode. According to the report by Android Police, the app is locked in portrait mode and does not have a dedicated tablet user interface (UI). The iOS equivalent to the app is also nowhere to be seen at this point. We’ve asked Microsoft if it can elaborate on its plans.

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