Even at this early stage, I really like The New Microsoft Office, but it’s important to point out that this suite of productivity apps is not free. So I wouldn’t blame you for asking why a business would pay for it when it could get a comparable set of office tools from Google Docs for a lot less or even free. But after using The New Microsoft Office (that’s the official name of the entire suite) for a few days, I can tell you that there are plenty of reasons for trading up.
For starters it’s available wherever you are, on whatever device you’re using at the time, and with full touch-screen support, the entire suite has been reinvented to work with Windows 8-driven tablets, regular keyboard-and-mouse desktop setups, and even smartphones. Along with a completely reinvented interface, all of these things come together to make it the best Office yet.
C is for convenience
Like most recent versions of Office, the suite comes in many versions with tiered packages from the cloud-supported Office 365 to the desktop standalone Office 2013. Whether you choose to pay for Office 2013 or sign up for a subscription to Office 365, the bigger challenge for Microsoft will be how it markets the suite to both businesses and individual consumers to show why they need to make the switch at all.
So how could Microsoft do it? In a word: convenience. I’m not just talking about the convenience of continuing to use what you’ve used before — I’m talking about the suite itself. What Microsoft has done in this latest version is make Office useable on a tablet running Windows 8 and, in converting the myriad productivity tools to support touch screens, the company had to make most actions only one click (or tap) away. So while it has streamlined the suite out of necessity, it’s now easier to use than ever before.
Office also offers an enormous number of templates across the suite (with even more available online) to fulfill almost any business need. Almost all have a polished and professional look so you’ll waste almost no time creating documents from scratch. In my testing, the suite of apps worked seamlessly together — and with Microsoft’s services — making collaboration, sharing, and internal communication much easier.
The new interface across the entire suite of applications has been reinvented, mostly for the better. First off, the Ribbon, which disappointed many users when it first appeared in Office 2007, remains part of the new Office. But before you start grumbling, consider that Microsoft has made it optional this time around. So now you can show or hide the exhaustive collections of tools across every tab, and decide how much or how little you want to use them. In my review of Office 2010 I liked the Ribbon, but I’ve heard enough from users who disagree to know that Microsoft has made a wise change.
Aside from the Ribbon, the interface is similar but much simpler than it was in Office 2010 and earlier. Flat buttons and plenty of white space make the interface look less crowded. Newly added start pages for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel help you get to recent documents and new templates immediately upon launch. Other interface tweaks are tablet-focused such as the radial menus in OneNote that show options (like sharing, search, and zoom tools) in a circle around the area you pressed. The general feel of the suite is more streamlined and more cloud-integrated, and it seems like it will be useful to those looking at the same documents on several devices.
The main core apps of the suite have all been updated with the new look and several new features that can be used with touch-screen tablets, desktop computers, and smartphones.
Microsoft says it is trying to make a smoother experience all around, which is shown not just in the interface, but with tweaks to the apps that will make getting things done easier. As an example, a new Read Mode in Microsoft Word lets you flip through documents like a book (on a tablet) and offers only the features that help you with common reading actions such as controls for defining words, translations, and searching the Web. But flashier additions in the new version of Word also let you view video right within documents (with an online connection). There are also other time-savers like the option to collapse sections of a document to get them out of the way, and a navigation pane that lets you know at a glance where you are in the document. Some of these options probably just seem like common sense, but what Microsoft has done has made many complex actions in earlier versions of the suite only require a couple of clicks.
The major theme remains that the most useful features are only a click (or tap) away. In Excel, for example, you have the Quick Analysis Lens that lets you click a small tab to view several recommended ways of visualizing your data. From here it only takes one more click to apply formatting, create a Sparkline, or add a chart or table to make your data clearer. In PowerPoint, you may have been working on a presentation in one theme, but want to give it a new look. With only a couple of clicks, you can change themes (and flip through variants of themes) and your content will move to fit the new style. Outlook has time-savers as well, with a new feature called Peeks that lets you peek at your schedule or a specific appointment without the interruption of leaving a message window. All of these quick features add convenience and cut out steps you would have had to perform in earlier versions of the suite.
In the more business-oriented apps, the theme is the same: cutting out steps to streamline your work flow. For example, Microsoft’s diagramming app, Visio, helps you create diagrams more easily with more options to collaborate with others in fewer steps. Like the one-click changes already mentioned in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Visio offers quick customizations so you can diagram shapes and themes in only a couple of clicks. The software is tightly integrated with the other apps in the suite as well, letting you easily link diagram shapes from common data sources including Excel, SQL Server, SQL Azure, and SharePoint External Lists. What you’re getting with the new Microsoft Office is a suite that plays together nicely and that will likely mean you can complete projects in less time.
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Microsoft’s enterprise services, including Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, are the glue that holds the whole enterprise suite together and a number of improvements make communication between the moving parts of an organization more streamlined and secure in the new suite. In Exchange, new Data Loss Prevention features help you monitor and protect sensitive data, and a new Exchange eDiscovery Center lets you monitor and analyze SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange data from a single interface. SharePoint has been improved as well to help you share ideas and get instant feedback on projects using improved customizable team sites where you can stay in sync with coworkers. Lync offers a unified client for voice and video calls along with instant messaging for a consistent experience across all devices, from your Web browser to your smartphone. All of the services attempt to make collaboration easier and Microsoft has succeeded in streamlining every service so diving in is not as daunting as it was in earlier versions of suite.
The new Microsoft Office tries to cover all the bases for productivity, and in my early tests, it does an admirable job. With the focus on making the suite available on Windows 8 tablets, the company made many actions easier across the suite out of necessity, making it easier to learn how to use by both businesses and individual consumers regardless of the device they are working on.
With that said, one of my biggest early challenges in testing the software was learning how to navigate Windows 8 before I could even get to the Office apps. This is important because if you’re going to follow Microsoft into the world of the touch-screen OS, you may run into the same challenges I did. After a couple of days of testing I was able to navigate the OS quickly, but I think it’s worth noting that there is an additional learning curve with Windows 8 before you take the leap.
The question (much like with Windows 8) is how people will receive the new interface, and whether users will embrace the touch-screen technology. Are we going to see a surge in Windows 8 tablets purchased as a result, or will people ignore the new tech and stick with their desktops?
Another question I have is whether businesses will opt for the cheaper Google Docs experience, and if consumers will continue to use Google Docs for free. Office may be a better overall experience, but it’s no secret money can be the deciding factor for many people. In the end, we won’t know for sure until early next year when The New Microsoft Office is released, but from what I’ve seen, this version could be the must-have office suite, if Microsoft can convince businesses and users to discard the free-to-play options for a more polished, integrated, and streamlined experience.
The browser market is evolving, at its own pace, but only two browsers are really moving, Chrome and IE, one up the other down. Judging by StatCounter numbers, Chrome is set overtake Chrome within months.
In fact, it’s already bigger than IE, if only for a day or two at a time. Chrome first overtook IE on a Sunday a little over a month ago. Since then, the weekends have belonged to it. It wasn’t the number one browser in all the weekends since them but at the very least it was tied with IE.
It’s an interesting behavior one that affects Firefox, Safari or Opera very little. But it’s not that easy to interpret as it may seem. At first glance, it does look like as soon as they leave work people flock to Chrome, indicating that they prefer the Google browser at home.
But traffic generally drops during the weekends so the StatCounter numbers don’t necessarily show that people switch to Chrome as soon as they have the chance, just that they don’t use IE as much.
Malware that targets Mac OS X machines is becoming widespread and most major companies have come to realize that Apple products are not as safe from malicious viruses as they were once. As expected, Microsoft also came forward to provide an example of a Mac OS X threat.
This particular malware, identified as Exploit:MacOS_X/MS09-027.A, leverages a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Office, which was addressed by the company back in 2009.
Although the infection rates are not as widespread as in the case of the now-infamous Flashback Trojan, the company’s security experts reveal that there are still a number of computer owners who have failed to apply the security update, thus putting their assets at risk.
So how does the infection work?
First of all, it has been determined that the exploit works only on Snow Leopard or earlier versions of the operating system because starting with Lion, the memory address targeted by the malware is read–only.
As the diagram shows, the stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability is used to corrupt a local variable, which is later utilized to deploy the “stage 1” shellcode to a specific area.
This “stage 1” shellcode then leads to the “stage 2” shellcode, which is the location in the memory where the actual infection occurs.
“Stage 2” creates a number of three files: tmp/launch-hs, /tmp/launch-hse, and /tmp/file.doc. The first file actually contains a shell script or an executable which launches /tmp/launch-hs and and opens /tmp/file.doc.
The latter is actually a decoy document that’s designed to trick users into believing that there’s nothing malicious involved.
/tmp/launch-hse is the main payload file that, once it’s executed, starts communicating with the malware’s command and control server.
“Statistically speaking, as this operating system gains in consumer usage, attacks on the platform will increase. Exploiting Mac OSX is not much different from other operating systems. Even though Mac OSX has introduced many mitigation technologies to reduce risk, your protection against security vulnerabilities has a direct correllation with updating installed applications,” Jeong Wook Oh of the MMPC concluded.
Microsoft has made yet another step towards increasing the cloud security transparency of its products through publishing a new self-assessment in the CSA’s STAR, this time for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Previously, the company has provided a series of details on how its Office 365 and Windows Azure products can fulfill various security, privacy, and compliance requirements.
Through these actions, the company showed increased commitment towards transparency for their cloud customers.
This week, they unveil that Microsoft Dynamics CRM also got a self-assessment published in Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Security Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR).
Tim Rains, director, Trustworthy Computing, explains in a post on the company’s Trustworthy Computing blog that the move was also fueled by the fact that customers have been asking about the security practices and security controls that cloud service providers make use of.
“This information helps customers better understand whether those services meet or exceed their organization’s compliance obligations and internal standards,” Rains notes.
“The self-assessments for Office 365, Windows Azure, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the CSA’s STAR registry provides cloud customers with the visibility and transparency they are looking for, in a way that is based on standards (ISO 27001) and CSA best practices, for free.”
In the document published for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, for example, details on how the service rallies with the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Control Matrix (CCM)’s requirements on security, privacy, compliance, and risk management are available.
“Note that this document is intended to provide information on how Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online operates,” the self-assessment’s description reads.
“Customers have a responsibility to control and maintain their environment once the service has been provisioned (i.e., user access management and appropriate policies and procedures in accordance with their regulatory requirements).”
Soon, Microsoft will expand the reach of its Dynamics CRM through the release of mobile versions of its solution for various leading mobile operating systems out there.
The company plans on delivering these Dynamics CRM mobile capabilities for the owners of the iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Google Android devices.
Last month, the Redmond-based software giant announced the upcoming availability of these capabilities, and also provided a series of details on them through the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Q2 2012 Service Update Release Preview Guide.
Today, however, all those who would like to learn more on the matter can have a look at the video embedded below.
Coming straight from Microsoft, the clip was meant to offer some more info on the upcoming update for Dynamics CRM.
“Microsoft has released the video below, where Reuben Krippner, Technical Project Management Lead, explains many of the new capabilities and gives a detailed demonstration of them,” a Recent post on the CRM Software blog reads.
“Since it covers quite a bit of information, this video is a little on the long side. If you’re particularly interested in the demo of the new Dynamics CRM mobile service, but don’t have time to watch the whole video, fear not, the mobile capabilities are covered in the first few minutes.”
The new feature is bound to add a nice range of new capabilities into the mix, and Microsoft is confident that its customers will be pleasantly impressed with them as well.
Some more info on the products are available on the “Microsoft Dynamics CRM New Mobile Services FAQs” blog post that Laura Heinbockel, Intelligent Technologies, Inc., a North Carolina Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner wrote last month.
The native mobile client service is bound to become available for the aforementioned mobile platforms sometime in April or May this year, Microsoft announced in early February.
Mobile is getting sexier and sexier, and businesses are increasingly looking to establish a branded, mobile presence, giving their customers access to their services — across platforms, while on the go. With the consumerization of enterprise heating up, big companies want a platform that allows them to build their own customized apps, offering both web and native app experiences to their clients. Enter: AnyPresence, a venture-backed startup that brings a cloud-based platform for building HTML5 and native apps to enterprise, without requiring big companies to install or develop tools or SDKs.
But the market is rife with DIY mobile platforms, you say! There certainly are other players in the space, yes. So, for easy taxonomy, let’s say that these services tend to fall into three different categories. There are open mobile frameworks, like Sencha, Appcelerator, and PhoneGap, which offer third-party developers the ability to build apps quickly, while generally requiring technical expertise to install and use their frameworks.
Then there are the SMB platforms, like Bizness Apps and Apps Builder, which are geared towards businesses that don’t have back-end IT systems to integrate with, are easy to use, and targeted at non-technical users with a focus on content features, like WordPress plug-ins. Or there are enterprise mobile platforms, like Kony, Verivo, and Antenna — higher-end platforms that offer enterprise mobility features, typically for business process apps. These tend to be more expensive, because they come with stuff like capabilities for user roles and authentication, integration into source systems, extensibility, cloud data management, etc.
To define its own niche, AnyPresence essentially wants to provide the enterprise-grade infrastructure and features from the latter category, with the lower cost of ownership, ease of use, and consumer feel of the platforms that target SMBs. The startup wants to target customers like utilities providers, second tier telecom companies, regional banks — big businesses that need robust apps but don’t have the time and money to spend on traditional enterprise platforms.
While the platform does require some technical knowledge, AnyPresence wants its customers to avoid hiring contractors, specialized external mobile development — to be a platform their internal IT team can easily make sense of. So, they’ve built a platform that makes it easy to design and modify apps right from the browser, using pre-assembled “starter app” templates embedded with mobile user experience best practices that let them quickly build both employee and customer-facing apps.
And to get at those enterprise-grade features, the AnyPresence platform is a cloud-based “Back-end-as-a-Service” platform, which allows businesses to deploy HTML5 apps instantly to a scalable cloud infrastructure, as well as compile native iOS and Android apps in the cloud, while making them available for local testing, over the air distribution, or submission to app stores.
Beyond reducing development costs and offer cross-platform deployment, AnyPresence also wants users to be able to support data access and security policies with user roles, app permissions, and data availability, along with enabling them to extend their reach to non-smartphone mobile users through text messaging and interactive voice response capabilities. Going beyond other non-technical, consumer-facing options, the platform supports services-based platform extensions and allows IT staff to use any programming language of choice, in addition to offering a set of APIs to assemble and generate custom apps or enable app development from third-parties.
Another bonus is that, in the attempt to build a platform that’s extensible, the startup offers integration with Twilio out of the box and wants to add further, comparable integrations soon, including Dropbox, for example. The teams also said that, since the consumerization of enterprise has been taking off, gamification is also very much on the radar.
Founded by former SAP, Oracle, and Siebel Systems executives, AnyPresence is backed from $2 million in venture funding from Kinetic Ventures, and is currently in the process of raising its series A. The startup is launching their platform in beta today, with general availability set to arrive next month. (You can sign up for the beta here.) As to pricing,
Co-Founder & CMO Richard Mendis says that the startup’s pricing begins between $15K and $20K per year, and scales up based on usage from there.
For more, check out AnyPresence at home here.
Tilt is a Firefox extension that lets you visualize any web page DOM tree in 3D. It is being developed by Victor Porof (3D developer responsible with the Firefox extension itself), along with Cedric Vivier (creating a WebGL optimized equivalent to the privileged canvas.drawWindow, see #653656) and Rob Campbell (who first thought about creating a 3D visualization of a webpage). Everything started initially as a Google Summer of Code project, but now, with an enthusiastic team behind it and so many new features and ideas, it has become an active Developer Tools project.
Tilt is a fun new Firefox extension focused on creating a 3D visualization of a webpage.
Since the DOM is essentially a tree-like representation of a document, this tool layers each node based on the nesting in the tree, creating stacks of elements, each having a corresponding depth and being textured according to the webpage rendering itself.
Unlike other developer tools or inspectors, Tilt allows for instant analysis of the relationship between various parts of a webpage in a graphical way, but also making it easy for someone to see obscured or out-of-page elements. Moreover, besides the 3D stacks, various information is available on request, regarding each node’s type, id, class, or other attributes if available, providing a way to inspect (and edit) the inner HTML and other properties.
Based on WebGL
The visualization is drawn using WebGL, for dynamic, fast, in-browser rendering. At initialization, Tilt creates individual 3D objects (structures describing how the webpage geometry looks like) using the DOM, with the BODY as the lowest layer and the base of the document upon which descendant nodes are layered. For each successive level, another platform is built, adding depth to the 3D webpage mesh. For example, stacks are built from DIVs, ULs, or any containing node with children.
Controlling the visualization is achieved using a virtual trackball (arcball), which rotates around the X and Y axes. Other mouse events exist to control yaw, pitch, roll, pan, zoom, as well as various additional keyboard shortcuts. The controller is not tied to these peripherals only however, making it accessible and easily scalable for other input methods or devices. Double clicking a node brings up the Ace Cloud9 IDE editor, showing more useful information about the node and the inner HTML.
For now, to test the extension, just download the latest stable build (tilt.xpi: download the file, then open it with Firefox or drag’n drop it on Firefox), install it and search for Tilt inside the Tools menu. Or, you can use Ctrl+Shift+L (or Cmd+Shift+L if you’re on a Mac) to start the visualization. Close it at any time with the Esc key. Tilt works with any webpage, so you can even inspect this blog to see how it looks in 3D.
More features are soon to be added, some of which include: modifying and updating the 3D webpage mesh on the fly (as the webpage changes, exposing CSS transforms for each node, plus customizing stack spacing, thickness, transparency etc.), rendering elements with absolute position or floats differently (e.g., hovering above the webpage based on their z-index), creating a more developer-friendly environment and better integration with the Ace editor and the Firefox Developer Tools. (highlighting the currently selected node, instant 3D preview), exporting the visualization to other browsers or applications (as a 3D object file, probably .obj and/or COLLADA).
The greatest milestone will be achieving seamless 3D navigation between webpages, as in a normal 2D environment.
For more information about upcoming tasks visit the TODO.md list.
Microsoft has released to manufacturing (RTM’d) its SQL Server 2012 product, as of March 6, the day before the company’s virtual “launch” of its new database.
So when can you get the bits? If you’re an MSDN/TechNet subscriber, you can download them as of March 7, the Softies said. If you’re a volume-license customer, you can grab them from the Volume Licensing Center on April 1. April 1 (no fooling) also is the date when SQL Server 2012 will be generally available to any/all interested parties. And if you want to take the evaluation version for a spin, you can do so immediately, starting March 6.
(Update: Though not quite yet, it seems. Microsoft is working on fixing whatever is holding up availability of the trial version, officials said in the early afternoon ET on March 6. Update 2: And here is the Evaluation Edition download.)
With SQL Server 2012, codenamed Denali, Microsoft has added a new business-intelligence (BI) specific SKU to its line-up. The Redmondians also have added a core-based pricing option with the new release.
Microsoft rolled out the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2012 back in November 2010. Approximately 150,000 users have tested the product via various CTP and Release Candidate test builds, officials said.
Like the SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 releases, SQL Server 2012 is focused on providing users with more high-availability, self-service and BI functionality, officials have said. New technologies and features part of this release include:
- SQL Server AlwaysOn, a new high-availability component
- Project codename “Apollo”, new column-store database technology aiming to provide greater query performance
- Project codename “Juneau”, a single development environment for developing database, business intelligence (BI) and web solutions
- Power View, a k a, project codename “Crescent”, a web-based, data visualization and presentation solution, and comlement to the PowerPivot technology that is part of SQL Server 2008 R2
- SQL Server Data Quality Services (based on technology from Microsoft’s 2008 Zoomix acquisition)
- Other data integration and management tools
Microsoft is playing up the ability of its database technologies — both SQL Server 2012 and the Hadoop on Azure and Hadoop on Windows Server offerings officials announced last year — as giving the company the ability to handle both structured and unstructured data.
The first image that comes to my mind when I think about business computing is the dystopic scene from the 1984 Apple commercial: A swarm of employees wearing the same uniforms and marching in unison into their offices where they are forced to use certain devices and software.
They sit down in front of their PCs, open a business application their company paid millions of dollars to implement and, in a disciplined manner, fill out forms to populate the company’s database so their managers will be happy.
The Anya Major in this dystopic scene is the consumerization of enterprise software. The term “consumerization” was first used, in the context of enterprise software, by Kevin Efrusy from Accel Partners back in 2008. You probably heard about it before. Heck, there’s even a SXSW panel discussing this subject, which means it really went mainstream. What is missing from the conversation though is a good look at the root causes and more importantly, at the implications of this phenomenon.
Why is consumerization accelerating?
There are three key paradigm shifts that accelerate the consumerization of business software:
- The devices we use — would you rather use a Dell desktop computer or an iPad? Well, many people carry their iPads to work. Others carry an iPhone or Android device, even if they also have to carry their company’s Blackberry device. As a result, companies adapt and buy the devices their employees would use anyway. That’s why SAP’s CIO purchased 40,000 iPads. It is a bottom-up decision made by the employees and not the CIO.
- The way we work — Twitter turned out to be a fantastic collaboration tool that allowed a real-time flow of information between people. Yammer emerged to do that in the enterprise. Evernote is a fantastic tool for note taking. Why use anything else in your work environment? Dropbox is the best consumer online file sync solution. Sure, you can use that overly complex enterprise storage server with four levels of authentication. Or not.The consumerization of collaboration and productivity tools starts with small workgroups that adopt a specific tool. At some point, the CIO notices that different groups are using the same external product. This means that the company’s data is not centralized anymore which is not making the CIO happy.
- The way we interact with software — It is NOT fun to use Path 2.0 on your way to work and then open a traditional business application once you get there. We’re seeing use cases in which people use consumer apps or new generation business apps for their daily needs and then dump data into bloated enterprise software on a monthly basis because they have to. This will continue until this new user experience paradigms make their way into current enterprise software, or more likely, new enterprise software makes its way into the enterprise.
What does this mean for business computing?
The “cloud” and the Software as a Service model were the last innovations in enterprise software. There were not a lot of changes in other aspects of the software though. For most, they remind dull applications running on regular PC computers and sold to CIOs. Consumerization is changing that and is doing it fast.
Here are three predictions on how consumerization will change the face of business computing forever:
- A new class of enterprise software — With the cost of building and serving great software going down and the new user experience paradigms becoming more pervasive, a new generation of business software emerges. With a strong focus on user experience and on making the software useful for the users themselves and not only to their managers, this type of software accelerates adoption and provide 10X the value for a fraction of the cost.
- Dramatic shift in discovery channels — CIO magazines are great but today people find new apps via social media, peer recommendations, search or, increasingly, through the various app stores. There’s no need for a special committee to choose the right software when you can rely on credible ratings and recommendations. The employees bring their apps and collaboration tools from home and effectively make the decision for the enterprise.
- Failure of traditional vendors to adopt — Don’t want to name names but it is absolutely insane that most of the traditional vendors failed to put together good mobile apps. Truth is that it is not easy to do when you are sitting on top of a complex legacy code that barely runs in a modern browser, let alone on a new device.
It will take another 3-5 years but it is inevitable. The revolution is already here and like always it starts from the bottom, with new and smaller companies adopting new apps. It will then move quickly upstream to medium businesses and eventually to bigger enterprises. The devices and software that we will use in our work environments will be dramatically different.
True, this might not be as exciting as Unicorns boards on Pinterest and many people ask me why I’m in the business of enterprise software vs. being in the consumer internet. My answer is that I’m in the business of people. Happy, productive, empowered people that have the freedom to choose great software.
A new flavor of the PayPal app for devices running under Google’s Android operating system is now available for download via the Android Market, bringing along a wide range of enhancements and new features.
The new PayPal application release landed in the application store as version 3.0 and was made available for all devices that are powered by Android 2.1 and up.
The mobile software provides users with the possibility to easily send money when needed, to manage their PayPal accounts, and do many other actions .
The application is available for free and is said to be very secure. Not to mention that it offers increased convenience when compared to going to the bank or writing checks.
The release notes for the new software flavor include:
- Updated design and enhanced experience
- New widget: Request Money with NFC!
- Improved support for tablets
- Send Money redesign
- Bug fixes
- App now available in Brazil
- Enhanced feature support for EU, APAC, and LATAM regions.
The new version of the mobile application is available via the Android Market here with all of the features and capabilities that have been included with it before as well.
Thus, it enables users easily send money as gifts, repay a loan, check their balance, withdraw money, or view past transactions, all available regardless their location.
Moreover, the app will also provide NFC capabilities, and will enable users to use the PayPal local feature for easily finding businesses nearby that accept PayPal as payment (the feature is available only for users living in the United States).
With the PayPal application on an Android device, users will also be able to snap a photo of their check to add money directly from the app, with no fees applying to this (another feature available only for US users). Not to mention that the app offers the required security and reliability features that any user might be looking for.
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