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5 handy Office apps from Microsoft's App Store

JD Sartain | May 8, 2015
Microsoft's App Store is a shadow compared to its iOS and Android counterparts, though we have high hopes for what will happen as universal apps come online. Even now, it's worth exploring if only to find handy apps to use with Office. We've collected five here, plus tips to help you navigate the App Store.

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3. Selection Diff Tool, $4.99, 4.5 to 5 stars:

Word has a built-in Compare/Combine feature that — yes — compares, then combines two documents. It works great, but it's a bit complicated, with many steps and lots of options. The Selection Diff Tool is designed for quick, immediate results when comparing short documents, a few paragraphs, or a couple of pages. It works great for rewriting or updating resumes, proposals, letters, and brochures, or tweaking advertising templates for sales, marketing, and public relations.

4. Percentage Calculator, FREE, 4 to 5 stars

This app handles often-confusing percentage issues with ease. Basic percentages? Of course. Percentage growth (changes in values over time) and percentage changes (variance between two percentages)? Check. Percentage markups (e.g., the difference between wholesale price and retail price)? Check. The ever-tricky increased and decreased values by a percentage? Absolutely. A very useful app for quick calculations within a document.

5. Translator, FREE, 3 to 5 stars

Go ahead, sprinkle your prose with a few phrases from other languages — this app ensures that you sound like a pro. It also translates phrases you don't recognize. Note: This is a Microsoft app, so it has better support than much of its competition in the App Store, plus more frequent updates.


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