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Same tool, different features

With the lines blurring between smartphones and PCs, productivity tools are trying to reflect similar capabilities

With the lines blurring between smartphones and PCs, productivity tools are trying to reflect similar capabilities. Not all of them, however, are replicated the same way. We take a look at four popular tools with features unique to each platform.

Users can also access LinkedIn’s AI-backed Resume Assistant in Word.
Users can also access LinkedIn’s AI-backed Resume Assistant in Word.

Microsoft Word

PC

■ With the Save Zoom level feature, PC users can change and save a particular zoom level in Word that they are more comfortable with.

■ Users can split-view a document into two or more pages.

■ Users can also access LinkedIn’s AI-backed Resume Assistant in Word. It can help them prepare better résumés by giving suggestions and identifying skills needed for a job.

App

■ Word’s app for phones saves your documents by itself, so you don’t have to do it manually at frequent intervals.

■ Word on mobile also supports voice-based typing. Just speak after tapping the voice-to-type button on the keyboard and the text will type by itself.

PC users can switch to any other Google app on Chrome browsers as separate tabs.
PC users can switch to any other Google app on Chrome browsers as separate tabs.

Google Chrome

PC

■ PC users can switch to any other Google app on Chrome browsers as separate tabs, instead of opening separate apps.

■ Chrome on PC has a vast trove of extensions which can enhance productivity and browser functionality.

u Chrome users can find how secure a website is simply by clicking on the URL bar, which may be important for banking websites.

App

■ The Data Saver mode in the Chrome app compresses web pages by stripping them of all resource-intensive elements such as big fonts, videos and images, so that they load quickly, even on slow networks.

■ Mobile users can save any web page or story and access it later in the offline mode.

■ Chrome on mobile suggests news and articles on the home page itself. The suggestions are based on users’ web and app activity.

Gmail users on PC can access their inbox and compose a mail even when there is no internet connection.
Gmail users on PC can access their inbox and compose a mail even when there is no internet connection.

Gmail

PC

■ Recall mail allows PC users to recall a sent mail within 9 seconds by clicking on the undo mail icon that pops up after a mail is sent.

■ Customizable themes on PC allow personalization of the Gmail interface. Users can also take full advantage of keyboard short-cuts, which makes composing a mail, search, etc., a lot faster.

■ Gmail users on PC can access their inbox and compose a mail even when there is no internet connection. The mail will be sent automatically when connectivity is restored.

■ Unlike the mobile app, Gmail for PC comes with a built-in messenger, allowing users to chat while simultaneously going through mails.

App

■ The smart reply feature in the Gmail app uses machine learning to suggest smart, contextual replies to emails when a user doesn’t have the time to type a response manually.

■ The Gmail app can convert a mobile number in an email into a hyperlink, allowing users to make calls by simply tapping on it.

The create rule­ feature in Outlook on PC allows users to sort all incoming mails.
The create rule­ feature in Outlook on PC allows users to sort all incoming mails.

Microsoft Outlook

PC

■ The create rule­ feature in Outlook on PC allows users to sort all incoming mails according to the name of the sender and the keywords in the subject line.

■ PC users can customize the name of categories and add colour codes that would help them identify mails easily.

■ The offline feature allows users to access mail even when their laptop or desktop is not connected to the internet.

■ The Outlook Social Connector allows PC users to access their contacts, messages and updates on Facebook and LinkedIn in Outlook.

App

■ The people tab in the Outlook app shows the contacts you have interacted with the most. Users can see all the mails, meetings and files shared with a particular contact.

■ The swipe-to-customize feature is designed to take full advantage of the touch screen on phones. Swiping right schedules a mail and swiping left archives it.

■ The app allows users to sync their contacts on other email apps such as Gmail or Yahoo.com.

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