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Microsoft Office 365, SkyDrive Energised with New Updates

On Tuesday, software giant Microsoft Corp. extended mobile capacity of their cloud-based Office 365 software. This step will help the Windows maker to utilise its dominant market position in business apps to create a similar space in smartphones and tablet apps market.

In this latest move Microsoft has added 30+ features, out of which one lets Windows Phone 7.5 device users have one-tap access to various documents through the Office 365 sharing feature. Similar accessibility has been granted for Office 365 by the company's SkyDrive cloud storage service's latest updates.

In fact, one-tap feature is only operational with the Windows Phone devices. Smartphones based on Google's Android operating system and Apple iPhone's are capable of accessing Office Web Apps via a Web browser, reported Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab).

A senior executive at Microsoft's Office division, Takeshi Numoto, commented that at present the company's priority is allowing its business customers to have the ability to check their various documents from any internet connected device.

In an interview Numoto stated, "Productivity anywhere on any device is important and something we will continue to invest in".

Regarding this move of Microsoft analyst Al Hilwa, of IDC, an industry research group, said, "Office is the killer app in the Microsoft universe". Hilwa added, "They see this as a long-term play."

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