Adobe to integrate PDF services straight into Microsoft Office 365


Microsoft and Adobe are integrating Adobe PDF services into Office 365. The latter’s PDF services will now be available from the ribbon inside web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office 365 commercial users will be able to convert documents into PDFs, all while preserving font choices, formatting, layouts, and password protection.

The PDF integration follows news of Microsoft’s plans to redesign its Office web apps to be more modern and a lot faster to use. Microsoft is starting to test a simplified ribbon for and its Office desktop apps, and Office on the web will now include avatars for comments and dedicated colours for participants who are also viewing and editing the same document.

Here’s how you can text from your computer with Android Messages

Google recently started rolling out the ability to text from the web with Android Messages. The feature gives users a lot more flexibility in choosing how and where they can carry on conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is powered on, you can text from a desktop computer or even other mobile devices – including iOS products like an iPad if you just open up Safari. Aside from text, you can also send emoji, stickers, and images over the web.

Using Android Messages on the web requires making Android Messages your main texting app on your phone. It looks just fine, and Google is clearly planning big things for the future, but if you prefer, say, Samsung’s default messages app or something else, the two don’t work together.

Apple fined for misleading Australian customers

Apple has been slapped with a $9m fine by the federal court for making false or misleading claims to customers with faulty iPhones and iPads. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched legal action in April 2017, claiming Apple had misled consumers about their warranty rights by routinely refusing to inspect or fix faulty devices without charge if they had been repaired by a third party.

In a statement, the ACCC said, “If a product is faulty, customers are legally entitled to a repair or a replacement under Australian consumer law, and sometimes even a refund.”

The action was sparked after an investigation into complaints by consumers about an “error 53” that disabled their iPhones and iPads after they downloaded an update to Apple’s operating system and the technology giant has offered to compensate about 5,000 customers whose devices were disabled by the error.